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In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes.  Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.

Luke 10:21

Our own wisdom can be a hindrance to hearing a word from God.  Like success, wisdom can delude us to think we should take the role of teacher rather than that of a student.  Our knowledge lulls us into thinking we have just the right amount of  wisdom to meet any challenge.  Believing we are wise tempts us to evaluate the shortcomings of others, yet be unaware of how much growth is still required in our selves.
The Pharisees were the religious experts of their day.  They possessed much information about God, but they had no personal relationship with him.  Their knowledge clouded their view of their condition before God.  Jesus thanked His Father that it was not to be these "experts" that the Father revealed spiritual truth, but rather to those who were humble and who recognized their need for God's revelation.
It is often met with much surprise when a spiritual leader experiences spiritual failure.  It shouldn't be.  Religious people with the most knowledge are sometimes the ones least responsive to God's Word.  Knowledge can easily lead to pride, and pride impedes us from seeking God.
Is there a way to know when you are a "Pharisee?" Yes, there is:
When you do not have a teachable spirit.
When you become defensive if a fellow Christian shares a concern about your spiritual condition.
When you do not seek to hear from God, believing you already know what He thinks.
When you feel you are capable of helping others in their spiritual lives, but no one can teach you anything.
Don't allow the limited knowledge you have now to blind you to the great truths God still wants to reveal to you.  And if he chooses to reveal it to you through  a "babe" in Christ- who are you to doubt the Word?

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