1 Corinthians 1:18-19 Paradox of the Cross.
The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the learning of the learned I will set aside.”
Today, we carry on what was started yesterday. Be prepared! Make ready! Pray for revival! We should not fear the end times, for the victory is already won, but we should not forget what the Lord has done for us and what He has called us to do. By His great LOVE and plan of SALVATION, He has set in motion a mission for each of us, to preach the gospel by the NEW LIFE He has given us, using the GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT as tools. The cross cannot be put behind us, as so many have done regarding the twin towers and 9/11. It is, rather, the power of God that goes before us.
Like the 10 virgins (Matthew 25:1-13), five waited for the bridegroom thinking nothing of tomorrow, nor remembering anything about yesterday. The other five prepared their lamps, secured extra oil (a symbol of the Holy Spirit) because they remembered that lamps do run out and because they kept their eyes on the goal (the wedding). Revival is coming! Judgment is coming! We must remember what has gone before, the sacrifice of Jesus and the power of His blood. We must remember His promises, that He will return to take us home. So, be empowered by the BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. GROW and be TRANSFORMED by the grace He alone can give.
1 Corinthians 1:22-25
For Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
Father, give us the words to proclaim. Make RIGHTEOUSNESS through Your Son visible in our lives, that we be ever mindful that it is not by our own merits, but by Your great LOVE for us. Teach us to boast in You alone, that we do not become judgmental, but rather loving and forgiving as You are loving and forgiving. Let Your PEACE be made manifest, not as the world gives, but the PEACE that surpasses understanding and remembers that You alone are sovereign. And finally, let the JOY of the Lord be our strength, that looks forward to that time when Christ comes, judgment passes and we are united throughout all eternity with You and all Your saints.