THE PREACHING OF THE CROSS

Jul 17, 2023

1 Corinthians 2:1-2 [1]And I, brethren, when I came to you,… I determined not to know anything among you except JESUS CHRIST and Him CRUCIFIED.

If you want to experience the wonders of the cross, you must lay down every other thing that the world has taught you because mixing the two will not work.

Whatever God wants to do with you starts with the cross; you must take your eyes off every earthly thing and let Jesus become your Alpha and Omega.

Allow the cross to influence every aspect of your life because it is the actual distinction between a believer and a non-believer.

1 Corinthians 1:18 For 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.

We should engage in everything (marriage, career, business etc.) by the power of the cross.

It should be the foundation for all that we do because it has the power to bring an end to the old and evil, and give birth to what is new. (Galatians 2:20).

Philippians 2:5-8 GNT.

The attitude you should have is the one that Christ Jesus had: He always had the nature of God, but he did not think that by force he should try to remain equal with God.

Instead of this, of his own free will he gave up all he had, and took the nature of a servant.

He became like a human being and appeared in human likeness. He was humble and walked the path of obedience all the way to death— his death on the cross.

The cross is the number one symbol of love. The Creator lowered Himself to a human level because He loved you therefore whenever you think of the cross, the first thing that should come to your mind is that God loved you therefore nothing will ever be able to shake you.

If God came from heaven all the way to death for you, how then will He fail to rescue your business, marriage, career, etc.?

Hebrews 2:14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,

You must have a knowing that the devil can frustrate anything else but not the cross because Jesus died at the cross that He might destroy the devil and everything else that represents death. (Revelation 1:18).

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

The man had been tormented and kept in bondage because of fear but love conquered death and fear on the cross.

Jesus loves you so much that He planned good things for you and encapsulated them all in His will (Jeremiah 29:11).

Ecclesiates 9:11 I have observed something else in this world of ours. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise are often poor, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being at the right place at the right time. (NLT)

The cross will place you in the right place and at the right time.  Whatever education, career, parents or jobs could not do for you, the cross will, in Jesus mighty name.

As a believer, you will live a life of mediocrity by choice but by the power of the cross, you have whatever it takes for you to become successful.

Further study

Galatians 5:11

Galatians 2:20

Revelation 13:8

Galatians 6:14

STAY BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED, WE LOVE YOU.

PASTOR BEN OCHOLA.