March 25, 2018
1 Corinthians 2:14… The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to Him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.
This is not a putdown of natural thinking. It is an encouragement to a spiritually minded individual. People don’t just consider the words of God unnecessary; some go so far as to consider them foolish. To the spiritually minded person, those are fighting words. It is not a point to fight over; it is an indication of where a person’s brain is. And we must pay attention. If, in our own minds, the words of God sound simply ridiculous, we are thinking as natural men and women.
This opens a can of worms. I have found that one of the strongest deterrents to believing God is the wisdom of men. People go to mind doctors and therapists to try to change their thinking to something that works, and often it helps. I have a friend who is a professional counselor. I am not trained to do what He does; I can’t, with confidence and historical evidence, give a person counsel that will free him from wrong thought paths. Last night, at a dinner gathering, he spoke briefly about the problem of suicide in our area. I would hate to be standing between a person with such thoughts and the action.
Professional counselors are trained to lead them to health. At the end of the day, though, thinking proper thoughts so as to not kill one’s self, is the immediate fix, but thinking spiritually is the long term fix. My desire for those people is that they will hear God’s voice and respond properly to Him. That can be a permanent condition that will lead them to health in life. That is what I ultimately hope for. But rather than come to me for that advice, people will often go to the counselor who helped them through their last crisis. Crisis counseling does nothing for the condition of one’s heart. My heart is desperately wicked. God knows that and sent His Holy Spirit to lead me through this quagmire called life. With His guidance, I can see more clearly the pitfalls in front of me. He helps me step around them and get to the next part of the Path of life. If you seek the help of a counselor, don’t assign eternal value to it.