I Corinthians 1:18 (NLT) The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.
There is power in the Cross of Jesus.
“When God starts to deal with the old nature, our Lord heads straight for the center of all that you hold most dear.
Allow the Lord to bring you to the cross in the very center of who you are. Don’t complain and become agitated when the process starts.
Silence and peace will help you much more than being upset. To bear the cross simply, without letting your self-love add all sorts of dilemmas to it, will make your life easier.
The apostle Paul sums up the way of the cross: “For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.
Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven.
And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body” (Phil 3:18-21).
The message of the Cross is controversial for many but be assured of its certainty.
Since Jesus rose from the dead, different people have responded differently to the preaching of the Cross.
Some reject it, while others receive the message by faith and thus experience the power of God.
Paul referred to this dichotomy of response when he wrote, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto we which are saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).
There was, there is, and there always will be wonder-working power in the message of the Cross.
It may seem primitive or foolish to those who do not believe but to those of us who are saved, this is the power of God unto salvation.
For us, it is clear: There is salvation in no other. Jesus is the only name given to man by which we can be saved (Acts 4:12). The Cross is still the power of salvation to those who believe.
Point to ponder
Let the cross have its way in you. When you accept the cross simply allow it to do the work God intended, you will be happy because you will see what good fruit is produced in you. Those were the words of Francois de Fenelon, a man who lived in the 1600s and was considered one of the godliest men of his time.
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