“With all these things in mind, dear brothers and sisters, stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching we passed on to you both in person and by letter” (2 Thessalonians 2.15 NLT).
The Holy Spirit guides us in all understanding, and He will use people’s words to teach us. He can teach us through sermons, books, circumstances, etc. He is not limited to one style of teaching, and He can use all of God’s resources (both natural and supernatural) to lead us on paths of righteousness. Many times, the Holy Spirit will speak through others. God will appoint “teachers” in our lives who can mentor us in directions that may be new to us. Paul was an Apostle who loved to teach. He mentored individuals, like Timothy, and He mentored churches, like the Church of the Thessalonians. He willingly gave of himself to influence the lives of others. As Christians, we need to look for the teachers that God has appointed for us. We will never stop learning, and there is always someone God can select to pour Holy Spirit inspired words into our lives. Whether we listen to sermons, read Christian books, listen to Christian music or find mentorship from someone who is further along in their walk of faith—we can allow godly teaching to infiltrate our life. We can hold tightly to all that we have learned from our teachers, so we can stay firm in the Lord during the hard times and the good.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1.5 ESV).