Having A Teachable Spirit

Having A Teachable Spirit

“Do you see a man [who is unteachable and] wise in his own eyes and full of self-conceit? There is more hope for a fool than for him” – Proverbs 26:12 AMP

Are you teachable?

Pause and think about this scripture. Now ask yourself, how teachable am I? Do you ever find yourself, appearing to receive correction and instruction but rejecting it in your heart? Do you think your way is the best way, even when it’s failing? Do you get offended when being corrected by others? Or maybe you heard a sermon or teaching and immediately felt annoyed because you felt the message is definitely not for you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, chances are you have an unteachable spirit.


Having an unteachable spirit is a sign of pride that will lead you down a path of destruction and failure. Proverbs 16:18 states, “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a great fall”. Why? The moment you become unteachable is the moment you stop growing.


Pride blinds you and prevents you from hearing and receiving truth and seeing the true condition of your heart.

You will no longer look to Godly counsel or the Spirit of the living God for counsel, knowledge, and wisdom. Because you think you don’t need help, you don’t have “that” issue or you know everything! Which is far from the truth! We all need help, we all have issues and no one knows everything. When we are unteachable and operating in pride will never reach our full potential in God.

Being Teachable

It’s God’s desire for us to live our lives in a perpetual state of increase and transformation. 2 Corinthians 3:18 describes it as going from glory to glory. In other words, every day in every way our lives get better and better. We live this way by being teachable which allows us to uproot unbelief from our lives and operate in faith. We cannot uproot unbelief from our life or operate in faith if we are unteachable. The power to do all things comes from believing and adhering to God’s word, not in our ability to have or pretend to have all of the answers.

The enemy’s job is to get us out of God’s process of growth and development. He does this by attacking our identity and by deceiving us to believe we don’t need instruction or correction. No matter what we have accomplished in life, we still have a lot to learn. Proverbs 11:14, “Where no wise guidance is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety”.

God wants us to do things that the world cannot explain! So we must eradicate unbelief from our lives. In order to eradicate unbelief, we must have a teachable spirit.

Make a decision today to operate in humility by having a teachable spirit! God opposes the proud, the unteachable, but shows favor to the humble! James 4:6

Scripture References:

John 16:7-11; Galatians 5:13-21 MSG; Mark 9:23, Hebrews 3:12, Genesis 3:1-6; Matthew 4:1-11