1 Corinthians 1:18, 19 NKJV
“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. For it is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”
It is interesting the level of intelligence that carries a man, the kind of brainwashing that is out there, only to distort the true meaning of God’s word. After yesterday’s write-up, I received a comment that empowered me to continue with today’s devotional.
The critique wrote; “I understand your points, but I question your method. It seems as you are plucking verses out and immediately apply them to your present day setting. Do you pay attention to the socio-historical context, intended audience, or genre?” So the litmus to measure God’s word is the socio-historical contexts, intended audience or genre? This is absolutely flat and myopic thinking to measure the living word of God by a mere human standard or reasoning. God’s word is absolute, fall-in or fall-out, period. According to Apostle Paul, “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths” (2 Timothy 4:3, 4 NIV). Bear in mind that every word of God will be fulfilled regardless what anyone thinks.
My dear friends, “… 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; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe” (1 Corinthians 1:18-21 NIV). God’s word remains absolute. Be warned.
6. “Beware of turning to evil, which you seem to prefer to affliction” (Job 36:21 NIV). Today’s world does not know how to endure hardship anymore. Quick fixes are everywhere, and any solution that will take time, is flatly refused. Being a Christian is an act of war. Believe it or not, Satan will do anything to get at you, including demand your life. This calls for your deep knowledge of the God you serve. He will never leave you, nor forsake you (Deut. 31:8). As a faithful father, when the enemy comes against you like a flood, the Spirit of the living God will raise a standard against him ( Isaiah 59:19). What have you chose to do that is contrary to God’s will? Is your lifestyle against Biblical teaching? You need to realign and fall back in place with God. He is faithful, and will forgive (John 3:17)
7. “Beware lest there be a wicked thought in your heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand, and your eye be evil against your poor brother and you give him nothing, and he cry out to the Lord against you, and it become sin among you” (Deuteronomy 15:9 NKJV). Wickedness is a sin condemned by God. It is important to know that regardless your position, affluence, social status, profession, etc., God is the architect of it. If you argue with me, then it is important to live a life that encourages others, the less privileged as well. Oppressing, segregating and denying them of basic human help is wicked. As our nation goes through a spiritual change, our hatred for foreigners have increased! Why? That is evil. None of them will be here if their country is offering them what we offer. Instead of intimidating them, we can teach them to be better people so that they can make their country better. Where there is racial profiling, job quota, hate of others due to race, education etc., wickedness is evident. If you see such, remind the perpetrators what God thinks about such.
8. “Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. Beware of Him and obey His voice; do not provoke Him, for He will not pardon your transgressions; for My name is in Him” (Exodus 23:20, 21 NKJV). God intends every one of us to please Him, and live with Him in heaven when we die. To achieve this, the Holy Spirit is given. Many believers do not understand that this gift of God is for everyone! Yes, it is for everyone that believes and calls Jesus Christ Lord and Savior. Opposing the Holy Spirit is an opposition against God. I want to point out that it is not only rejecting Christ that can oppose the Holy Spirit, but your lifestyle, rejection of truth, hating others due to race, color and orientations, and all acts of rebellion against the written word of God. If you are in this manner, I encourage you to repent, and turn to God. As a person, the Holy Spirit grieves whenever you reject His instructions, and whenever this happens, blaming God is blaming the one whose instructions you rejected.
It is eye-opening to study the various warnings God gave us for a proper, profitable and prosperous life. As the year comes to an end, I resolved that I will become a better person by re-commiting my ways to God’s way, touching my environment God’s way and being a blessing to my congregation God’s way. What is your resolution? Believing is doing! Do you believe that you can be a changed person before the year is up? Then, live by faith, and obey God to your fullest strength. Jesus is waiting to help. Allow Him to retool your life. Allow Him in as He is saying; “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Revelation 3:20-22 NKJV).
May God bless you with a Merry Christmas, and a prosperous New Year.
Scripture of the day: See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? ~ Hebrews 12:25
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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