1 Corinthians 2:1-2
“And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I DETERMINE NOT TO KNOW anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”
In the book of Acts, Paul preached a very powerful philosophical message. Greece was famous for its philosophers. Wanting to impress the people, Paul quoted some of their famous poets. “In Him we live, and move and have our being, even as some of your poets have said.” (Acts 17:28)
Surprisingly, the people were not impressed in any way. There were no miracles, signs or wonders. Why? Because the power of God is not in poetry, philosophy and oratory; it is in the Word of God. That is why you do not have to be a philosopher in order to have a powerful preaching ministry.
Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
I want to draw your attention to a phrase in the scripture, “..I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” (1 Cor. 2:2)
If you want to experience the power of God, you must be determined not to rely on your mind or your senses.
If you know too much about your disease, it will undermine your faith. You must determine to discard the doctor’s report and know only Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
If you know your husband too well, you cannot believe that God can change him. “I know this man very well. I have lived with him for 15 good years. Every year he apologises and does the same thing. I know this marriage will not work.”
If you know your salary too well, you cannot believe God for a financial breakthrough.
Be determined to know nothing except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
Make it a point to search the Word of God to discover more about Him.