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Taught by the Spirit

Rev. Tetteh-Annor Larbi | April 20, 2024 | John 7:14-24



KEY VERSE:

Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me. John 7:16 (NIV)


MESSAGE:

After sneaking into the feast, we see Jesus boldly teach in the temple courts during the Feast of Tabernacles. Despite the scepticism of some, he spoke with authority, drawing attention not only to his words but also to the divine source from which they flow. Jesus emphasized that his teachings are not his own but come from the One who sent him. He invited the crowd to discern the truth not by outward appearances but by the guidance of the Holy Spirit.


As followers of Christ, we are called to recognize the importance of being taught by the Spirit. In a world filled with competing voices and ideologies, it can be easy to be swayed by popular opinion or human wisdom. However, Jesus reminds us that true understanding comes from God. Through prayer, meditation on Scripture, and the quiet leading of the Spirit, we can discern God's truth amidst the noise of the world.


Jesus challenges the crowd—and us—to move beyond superficial judgments and to seek true righteousness. He emphasizes the importance of aligning our actions with God's will rather than being bound by legalistic interpretations of the law. This passage reminds us that true obedience stems from a heart transformed by the Spirit, rather than mere adherence to religious rituals or traditions.


Finally, being taught by the Spirit is a transformative experience. It leads us to a deeper understanding of God's will and a closer relationship with Him. As we open our hearts to the Spirit's guidance, may we be empowered to live lives that reflect the love, grace, and truth of Jesus Christ in all that we do.


FEET AND HANDS FOR THE MESSAGE:

Where do you seek your understanding of God's ways? Are you swayed by the perspectives and opinions of others regarding the Christian journey? What guides your personal relationship with God? Allow the Spirit of God to lead you, as it is your most reliable source.


PRAYER:

DEAR GOD, may I be guided by your Spirit in all I do. May my life be ordered by your word through the teaching and leading of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.


THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING.

SHOWERS! BLESSINGS!!

 

DAILY word study: MY TEACHING

The Greek word for "teaching" in this verse is "διδαχή" (didaché), which refers to instruction or doctrine. Jesus asserts that His teachings are not self-generated but are derived from the Father who sent Him. This statement shows the unity between Jesus and the Father in purpose and message. Jesus' teaching ministry was not based on personal opinions or human wisdom but was rooted in the divine revelation He received from the Father. His words carried the weight of divine authority, inviting listeners to recognize and respond to the truth He proclaimed. Reflections: Are we merely expressing our own opinions and ideas, or are we rooted in the truth that comes from God? How can we ensure that our teachings and actions are in harmony with God's Word and His purposes?

𝔹𝔸ℙ𝕋𝕀𝕊𝕋 Daily Devotional | AUDIO VERSION | APRIL 20, 2024

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