1 Corinthians 1:21 Foolishness In The Message

 

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For since in the wisdom of God the world did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 1 Corinthians 1:21

The world claims that Christianity is foolishness. Many people do not want to follow Jesus, because it does not appear to make sense to them. People have a hard time with the concept of turning the other cheek, loving their enemies, trusting in someone who they cannot see, and many other reasons.

Most people feel that they are wise in the choices that they are making. They feel as though they do know what is best for them. Yet, in all of the wisdom of this world, they miss out on God.

God’s wisdom is outside the way of man’s wisdom. In the short view of looking at Jesus and God, it does not always make sense. Looking at the surface of the gospel message, it is foolishness. God sent His one and only son, Jesus, to die on a cross for people who hate Him, did not serve God, and did not want anything to do with Him. Jesus is willing to forgive any wrongs done, with no permanent consequence. He is willing to give eternal life to someone without payment.

Why would a man allow himself to be killed in order to save a bunch of people who do not love or want him? Why would God allow this?

It was because of His love for all people. His wisdom is found in His immense, endless love for all people.

The message is a simple one, that will astound the wise. It becomes a stumbling block, because it is so simple, it looks foolish. Yet, this is the best way to save every person on this planet. And it pleases God to work in this manner, because His goal is to save every person on this earth.

Sit back and think about what God has done for you. Be amazed at the way He was able to provide forgiveness of every sin you have ever done or ever will do. And this was done before you even loved Him.

Do not allow His great wisdom and the foolishness of the message be a stumbling block to following Jesus. Be willing to believe in it and be saved. Also be willing to preach or tell others of what Jesus has done for them.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others the gospel message; that you will trust in God’s great wisdom; and that many will come to know Jesus through your message.

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Acts 6:10 Speak With God’s Wisdom

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But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke. Acts 6:10

Stephen had been going around speaking the gospel message. The leaders of the city were upset, because his speaking was changing the people and their ways of living. They had set up false witnesses to be able to accuse Stephen and get him removed. As much as they tried to argue with Stephen on what he said, they could not stand up against him. Stephen was speaking with a wisdom that came from God.

Everywhere a person goes, there are people who like to argue about something. People do not agree on everything. Two people can watch the same football game and argue about the way a play was made. People argue about how a politician should make decisions and rule his section of the government. People argue about which movie is the best and which movie is the worst.

The arguments that most people use are of not great value. Often the arguments are not presented in full logic of understanding. They are made in the heat of the moment and not with true wisdom.

People will not only argue about all the things above, they will also argue about getting into heaven, Jesus, salvation, and how to live for God. Everyone seems to have a different point of view.

One way to drive a point home correctly, is in using the wisdom of God. Being filled with God’s Spirit and being led by His Holy Spirit will allow a believer to speak with a solid base. There will be no weak statements or loopholes in the statements. God’s wisdom is way above the best wisdom of man. When a person uses His wisdom, the world cannot argue.

As a believer in Jesus, you need to be using God’s wisdom when speaking to people about Jesus or speaking to people about living for God. Do not use vain and empty words and arguments. Know when to keep quiet and when to speak.

God can and will give you the words to speak, if you allow Him to have control of your life. As you do this, the world will not be able to stand up to you. They may holler and scream, but in the end they will lose the battle.

Who’s wisdom are you using to speak? Your own or God’s?

I pray today that you will be filled with God’s Spirit; that you will speak with God’s wisdom; that you will speak the words of God; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to this world.

Mark 6:2 Amaze Them

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When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing?” Mark 6:2

Jesus went back to His hometown to speak to the people and perform miracles there. As He was speaking many people were amazed at Him. All they saw was a little boy who had grown up in a carpenters house and is now a grown man who spoke with authority. They were amazed and wondered how He got that ability.

Growing up as a carpenter’s son, Jesus would not have received training to be a great speaker or to be a preacher. His training was to be a carpenter.

However, when He spoke He spoke with authority and wisdom. No one who had grown up around Jesus could understand how He could do so much. They did not see what could not be seen. Jesus was speaking and doing miracles by the power of the Holy Spirit in His life.

Over the centuries there have been many different great speakers in this world, but most have received some training in how to speak that way. They have worked in the realm of public speaking, getting better and better until they became great.

A believer has something different. Yes, a believer can go to bible college and get a degree, but that will only move a person only so far forward, then fall short. The unseen ingredient is the infilling and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

The brand new believer can speak with great authority and do miracles, if he allows God to guide Him and he is doing what God wants him to do.

When you allow God to guide you, you will amaze those who know you. You will be a new creation in Jesus Christ. You will have wisdom and understanding that the world will not understand.  You will be able to perform miracles that the world cannot explain. You will speak with the words of God and not your own words or the words and wisdom of this world.

As you go through this life, what are people saying about you? Do they see a changed person? Are they amazed at what you are doing or saying?

Allow them to see God through you.

I pray today that you will be guided by God’s Holy Spirit; that you will speak only with the words and wisdom of God; that the world will see Jesus through you; and that many will know Jesus because of you.