Power Without Eloquence

“My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.”
1 Corinthians 2:4

So I was leading Bible study tonight for small group and honestly felt a little unprepared. I had all my content ready but looking at the paper, it just didn’t smooth at all between points. And so I was a little afraid at how “blessed” the study would be.

To be short, yeah, the Bible study was unorganized; it was not smooth; I often lost track of where I was; I was fumbling for words…

But in the midst of that, there was a special anointing on our Bible study. You could definitely discern that the Spirit of the Lord was there and speaking to all our hearts, even mine. I finished Bible study really blessed and drawn to the presence of Jesus.

I was just left with, ‘Man Jesus, that really was not a smooth Bible study, but your Spirit was really here tonight.”

You see, somewhere along the line of being blessed with an ability to speak fluently and well in public, I had equated eloquence in speaking with actual power of the Holy Spirit. And the Lord taught me tonight that they are not related.

It was all to remind me of what Paul had realized- that the work of the kingdom is not done by the eloquence and the persuasion of men, but by the very power of God.

Being anointed with the power of God means doing profound kingdom work despite our glaring weaknesses. It means having people believe and understand scriptural truths without the sharp presentations. It means that Jesus gets the glory and Phil gets none of it, because I surely didn’t do it.

So, thank you Jesus, for showing your great power through our weaknesses!

Phillip Chan

Phil has been writing for 10 years. His passion is to grow in his love for Jesus to obey his purposes in our generation.

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