And my speech and my preach-ing were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
1 Corinthians 2:4-5 NKJV
Here in the United States, we live in one of the most persuasive cultures society has ever known. We have sales and marketing people and ads on every corner, in our phones, on our televisions and computers, and blasting through our radios! The world wants us to buy their products, and we're falling for their tactics—purchasing everything they tell us we need. As part of this culture, we have also seen people be scammed and ripped off by those who would try to take advantage of us. In this Scripture, I believe the writer is trying to show us the truth about how to do life right, not just in commerce but in understanding the truth about God and our relationship with Him. We don’t need to look at words of persuasion and human wisdom and be led by them in life as we seek to find God and understand Him. This approach can leave us open to deception and distract us from the true purpose of our relationship with God. Our heavenly Father wants us to find Him in the Scriptures and prayer and discover Him and His supernatural lifestyle that only true believers can possess. Jesus wants to be represented to the world supernaturally, and He is looking for us, the believers, to step out beyond our human wisdom and represent Him that way. Jesus didn’t simply live a natural life, He lived a supernatural life, with demonstrations of the power of the Holy Spirit following His teaching of the Word of God. Jesus said the things I’ve done you will do, and I believe Him!