A lot of the times, we fall into the error of using our natural minds to comprehend spiritual truths. It shouldn’t be so. When we do this, we find ourselves falling into all sorts of errors thereby making Christianity seem like too much of a hassle when it isn’t.
As a student in nursery or primary school, you definitely need a level of intelligence to pass your subjects. But when God said that He uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise (1 Corinthians 1: 27 KJV), He wasn’t joking. He meant it. So when we feel all learned reading the Bible, do not be surprised that you’re missing the truth in the scripture.
Natural wisdom is foolishness to God (1 Corinthians 1: 21 NLT), so it’s quite ironic to think that this intelligence that is foolishness to God is what will help us understand His Word.
So now, we know reading the Bible cannot be embarked upon the same way we read just any book. If we are expecting anything from God’s Word, we must prepare our hearts to receive it (Ezra 7: 10 KJV). How do we do this? By asking the Holy Spirit for understanding of the Words we read.
But if we still find it difficult to leave the natural realm, let’s use this example. You probably read a chapter in a biology textbook on diffusion and you really do not get the gist of what the book was saying, what do you do? When you see your teacher, you ask for an understanding of the thing you read.
Now, applying this to our Christian life. You read something in the Bible and you really do not know how this affects you, who do you go to for help? The Holy Spirit, because He is your teacher (John 14: 26 KJV).
You may physically understand the scripture, but to grow spiritually, you need to spiritually understand scripture. This understanding can only be given by the Holy Spirit.