Monday, September 22, 2014

Daily Devotional September 21 - The Cross Of Christ

"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." 1 Corinthians 1:18

Note: Many Christians today have become too religious and too prestigious to talk about the cross.  The cross has lost favor to other more important topics like programs, profits, seeker profile solutions, seating and color schemes.  The depth of the cross and its efficacy is overlooked and often ignored altogether.  It seems as though Christianity is going through a season of worldliness and religiosity; each having so many likes traits. The cross has lost its since of urgency as technology moves in and makes place for a moving, media morning with Jesus. 

"What's wrong with media," you ask?  Nothing of course.  It's not the use of media presentations that is an error, but the 'missing the point of it all' is an error. Trying to win the attentions of a techno-savvy generation shouldn't be at the expense of  raw truth that provides fuel for raw faith.      

The preaching of the cross has power.
Talking about the cross has power.
Praying about the cross has power.
What kind of power? Supernatural power from God.

The cross is the beginning of the journey with God. It is where we go when we really need for God to move on our behalf. You have heard of people 'laying it down at the cross.' That's because we come to realize that in our own power we just can't get the job done, and we know that at the cross there is power, so we take our care and burdens, our pains and our hurts, our disillusionment and our betrayals and we lay them at the cross. Why? Because it is at the cross where God takes all those things that we laid down and consumes them unto Himself. The supernatural power of God mixes in with the natural experiences of mankind and things turn around.

It's true. The cross is the power of God to those who are saved. Unto others it is foolishness. The cross brings to nought the work of the devil, not only when Jesus died for us, but even today. The cross is not only a symbol of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, it is the power of God given to those who trust in Jesus. Those of you who have laid down a great many things at the cross understand that it is the pickup point where God meets man and removes any and all cares, burdens, pains, hurts, disillusionment's and betrayals. Jesus knows what it is like to be betrayed by friends and He made a way for you to move on from it and even more to be healed from it and even more to get back lost territory. Don't get me started!

At the cross you can find relief from the everyday drudgery, from the din of the world, from inner bitterness that has risen up over time, from your own sins and indiscretions. The cross has the power to extract the poison that has been put in you by association with this worlds system. If you had any idea just how far our generation has fallen away from our true purpose in God, you would run to the cross and lay it all down.

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