Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “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 Cor. 1:18)
READ: 1 Corinthians 1:18-19
There are certain things that God does that appear foolish to man. One of such is the message of the Cross. Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. If we were to appeal to logic, there was no sense in Christ – the Sinless One dying for the ungodly. Why would a Holy God sacrifice His only Begotten Son on the Cross of Calvary for His enemies? It makes no sense to man but it does to God. Besides this, there is also the power of the Cross. There is power in the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross. Although He was crucified and died like a common criminal on the Cross, yet by that death, power is released to defeat the one who held the power of death – Satan. By the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross, Satan’s captives were released from bondage of the fear of death. Today, if you access the blood of Jesus by faith, you will be delivered from fear. The death of Christ on the Cross, not only makes salvation from sin possible, but also helps to sustain it (1 John 1:7).
“Which one of the princes of this world knew: for had they know it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1 Cor. 2:8). Like men, Satan is limited in knowledge. One thing he never knew was the power of the Cross. During His earthly ministry, Jesus was the major headache of the satanic kingdom. He kept undoing what they had done over the years. So they decided to take His life. If only Satan had known that the death of Jesus on the Cross, would, instead of ending his problems, compound them, he would not have killed Him. If he knew that the death of Jesus would finalize his defeat, he would have allowed Jesus to go without any harassment. In your life, as long as you allow Jesus to have His way, even when it appears you have been defeated by the enemies, do not fret. Sooner than later, you will find yourself the winner of the battle. Is God’s way of dealing with you sounding foolish? It is only normal. Ask God for the grace to obey His seemingly foolish instructions.
Obey all His instructions whether or not you think they are wise or foolish.
Bible in One year: Psa. 127-132