DON'T BE TOO SMART FOR GOD




                                         By Apostle L. Lopez


God has given us the ability to reason—but too much mental reasoning blocks spiritual discernment and breeds plenty of confusion. With that in mind, is it possible that you are reasoning your...self out of prophetic wisdom that could be blocking your spiritual growth, your blessings, and even the full manifestation of your destiny?


I’ll admit it. I am analytical. I tend to reason through every possibility before making a decision. But I also pray after my thoughtful analysis and ultimately submit my plans to the written Word and the Spirit’s leading (which always agree).bOf course, I’m not Infallible But my purpose is to lean not on my own understanding—even when my own understanding seems plentiful in my own eyes (Prov. 3:5-6). Because the human heart is deceitful above all things there is an ever-present danger of flowing in pride instead of flowing in the Spirit (Jer. 17:9). This is especially true when we consider ourselves well-versed, experts even, in any area. Knowledge puffeth up (1 Cor. 8:1), after all, and pride comes before the fall (Prov. 16:18).


If we rely solely on our own reasoning—our own understanding—we could find ourselves shipwrecked. But if we rely on the Spirit’s wisdom—on His reasoning—we may find ourselves with a haul of blessings so big we can’t contain them. Indeed, we can see this very principle in Scripture. Just before Paul began his voyage to Rome, he received some prophetic wisdom from God. Paul told a centurion that he perceived a voyage that ended in disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also lives (Acts 27:10). That’s a pretty dire warning. But did the centurion listen to Paul? No, he was more persuaded by the helmsman and the owner of the ship, who reasoned that the harbor was not suitable to winter in. The centurion’s response was, well, reasonable. The helmsman and the owner of the ship were expert sailors with keen understanding about the ways of the sea. Paul, by contrast, was a Pharisee-turned-tentmaker-turned-gospel-preacher who had no formal sailing experience.


Paul simply didn’t have the same seafaring credibility as the sailors. So when a majority decided that setting sail was the best move, expert reasoning won out over prophetic wisdom. How many times have we done the same thing in our own lives? Our past experience and our smart friends give us reasons to go down a certain path even though we feel in our spirit that we should go the road less traveled. So we head off in a direction our expert friends suggested—and circumstances seem favorable at first. We think we have confirmation and we feel pretty good about our decision. That’s what happened to Paul’s shipmates. After they decided to ignore Paul’s prophetic wisdom and set sail, a south wind blew softly. They supposed natural circumstances were proving their reasoning right (Acts 27:13).                 


By Apostle L. Lopez

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