1 Corinthians 2:14
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit if God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
The weekend golfer stands in awe seeing the performance numbers of a player on Tour. After seeing 320 yard drives and 250 yard from five irons, they gasp “I wish I had the same ‘souped up’ equipment on Tour!” They invariably think such feats can only be accomplished by “super hot” tools and not by a result of a honed skill and directed power. If they only had the same equipment, they feel could drive all of the greens at their local municipal course. Christians empowered by the Holy Spirit have a power and knowledge not conceivable by the world in general. The world regards the devout Christian as a “peculiar creature.” How can she/he rejoice in the face of tragedy, offer forgiveness to the one who did us so wrong, or praise a God in the midst of a life storm? In 1 Peter 2:9, it is written “[b]ut ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:” We are equipped with this marvelous light which provides illumination inconceivable to the mortal fleshly thinking mind, which has been trained to seek retribution and malice. My prayer is to let my light shine, not only in times of prosperity, but more so in times of adversity. It is in those times the world is provided the greatest witness of the Holy Spirit working within us and provoked to a desire to be called “out of darkness.”