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  • Bishop Keith Butler

Updated: Mar 4, 2020

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:14)


Have you ever refused to receive something? Maybe someone tried to give you a gift, and you felt unworthy or embarrassed to receive it. In 1 Corinthians 2:14, the Apostle Paul gave us a picture of people who won’t receive the things God provides. Note that the issue is not that God doesn't give them, but that these people cannot accept what God has already released.

The person who does not receive is called the natural man. The phrase natural man describes someone who allows his flesh to rule and not his spirit. This can refer to someone who has no relationship with God, or someone who has a relationship with God but is controlled by their flesh, not their spirit.


Spiritual truth and spiritual blessings can only be perceived and received spiritually. Therefore, people who are not led by their spirit cannot hear what God is saying.

Most often when God gives you a Word, He will speak to you through your spirit. Even when you hear His direction, if you aren’t led by the Spirit in your spirit, you can get ahead of God or behind Him. We must be people who are guided by the Holy Spirit at all times.


Practical Application – Pray for insight and understanding, then pray for timing. God may choose any one of several different methods to speak to you, but your job is to have an ear willing to hear what the Spirit has to say, a hand ready to act or give when the Holy Spirit speaks and feet ready to go when the Holy Spirit dictates.


Proverbs 20:27; Romans 8:9

  • Bishop Keith Butler

And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (Revelation 2:26-29)


Some catchphrases the church uses today sound exciting, but people should understand the Scriptural context from which they come. For example, being an overcomer in Revelation is connected to guarding God's Word until the end.

Guarding God’s Word means not allowing outside forces to deter you from receiving from what God has to say.


The end of Revelation 2:29 includes another stipulation for overcomers. They must have ears to hear. To successfully live our faith, we need to have ears that are willing to hear what God says about every subject. Hearing is a vital first step, but overcomers must also be willing to do what we heard from God’s Word.


God said He would give the overcomers in the book of Revelation power over the nations. The word nations is ethnos in Greek and means different ethnicities. In other words, God says I will give those who guard my Word authority over many different people from different backgrounds and places.


God wants His children to be in authority on this earth because it gives Him greater opportunity to advance and see the effects of His Kingdom here on earth.


Practical Application – As you grow in the Word, don’t be surprised if God opens doors to leadership positions for you. Maybe there is a promotion in your company or a place in your church that you could help lead. God wants His children to be in authority as overcomers in this life. Pray and ask God to reveal where He wants you to serve as a leader.


Matthew 25:21; Hebrews 11:6

  • Bishop Keith Butler

But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. (Revelation 2:24-25)


Thyatira was a thriving and successful church for the most part. Still, it gave in to what is tempting for many long-time Christians: they gave heed to strange doctrines and excessive ideas that overreach Scriptural boundaries. If you ever think you need something more than what God has given you in Christ to manifest the fruit of the Spirit, you’re heading down the wrong path.

2 Corinthians 11:13 tells us not to allow our minds to be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ as Eve did. Eve was tricked into believing that she needed something more than what God had already given her. The serpent convinced her that her relationship with God was not enough. This, Jesus explained, was what was happening in Thyatira. He said they had many good things going for them except for this one thing. They allowed false doctrine into their church and were off-balance when it came to putting trust in their works over Jesus.


Jesus said they had faith, love, and patience working together. That would have brought them success if they balanced it and went back to the fundamentals. They needed to establish strong, basic doctrine and not permit people to stand in their pulpit who spoke against God’s Word.


In plain language, Jesus’s message to them was essentially, “Don’t throw away what you are doing; just fix it.”


Practical Application – Regardless of how long you’ve been saved, or how many Scriptures you’ve memorized, you will never outgrow the basic tenets of the faith. Stick with the Word and don’t get led into error.


Hebrews 6:1; Ephesians 4:14

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