Power of the Cross Blog

A Christian blog with articles to inspire and edify.

All posts are created from the viewpoint that faith in Christ and Him crucified is how we receive every good thing from God. When our faith is in the correct object, the Holy Spirit can work through us, bringing out the Power of God in our life.
 
 
 
 
 

Who will inherit the Earth?

Matthew 5:5
“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”
 
When we study the Sermon of the Mount, we do a great discredit to the words of Jesus if we fail to study in context the meaning of the language during the days of our Lord. The following exert from the book “The Bible: How to understand and teach it” – ( Brooks) will shed light on verse 5 in the Great Book of Matthew 5 chapter.
 
“MEEK – The word meek has taken on a connotation that makes it a very poor reflection of Jesus beatitude, “Blessed are the meek”. Many people think of a meek person as a spineless weakling, a Mr. Milquetoast who apologizes for living and allows people to push him around. Yet, the Bible refers to Moses as the meekest of men. Certainly he was not a weakling. Jesus was talking about men who were open to new learning, men who were teachable. Truly it is such men who inherit the earth. In them strength is united with alert minds and flexibility of personality. Such mature people are the hope of the world. Perhaps one the best pictures of the word “meek” from the biblical meaning is that of a spirited horse properly disciplined, for in it we see power under control”
 
I do not think it is a teaching of the Bible to be a coward Christian. In light of the moral decline in the USA, more than ever we must stand up for what is right, stand against what is wrong and yet expressing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with love and compassion.
 
We must press forward, not caving in to the world around us. Being led by the Holy Spirit in this life, will lead us the Kingdom where we will rule and reign with Christ for eternity.
 
sermon on mount
 


Why celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Why celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day?

Our modern society has turned Saint Patrick’s Day into four leaf clovers, leprechauns, beer and parties. The truth about the real Saint Patrick’s Day can be found through a study in history and a record of his life he wrote called Confessions. The young boy Patrick lived a comfortable life in England. However, at the age of 16, his life became unraveled. Irish pirates attacked his village, abducting Patrick and many of the household servants. After arriving in Ireland, he was sold as a slave and had to work with a herd of pigs.

In the midst of the slavery, God began to transform Patrick’s heart. In Confessions he wrote, “I was sixteen and knew not the true God, but in a strange land the Lord opened my unbelieving eyes, and I was converted.” Patrick became convinced that his trials were opportunities to know Jesus Christ better. “Anything that happens to me,” he wrote, “whether pleasant or distasteful, I ought to accept with serenity giving thanks to God … who never disappoints.”

Patrick escaped from slavery 6 years later as a stowaway on a boat back to his home country of England. Yet through a dream God called him to return to Ireland; not as a slave but as a preacher of the Gospel. Despite objections from family, Patrick used his own money to purchase a boat and sailed back to Ireland, winning many souls to the Kingdom of God and becoming an outspoken opponent of slavery.

Saint Patrick’s Day was originally a celebration of the life and death of Patrick of Berniae and Ireland’s acceptance of Christianity. We should be reminded on March 17, the day of Patrick’s death, we are to share the Good news of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified with whoever we shall meet in life despite the things they may have done to us. We may not win countries over as he did, but every soul counts and one can sometimes be a great number.

Bishop F L Wilson is pastor at the Lighthouse COG in North Grenada.  Church information can be found at www.grenadachurch.com. He is also the host for Power of the Cross radio program which airs on 92.3 and 96.9 FM Sundays at 8am

 


The Poison of Unforgiveness

The poison of unforgiveness

 

Unforgiveness is the single most popular poison that the enemy uses against God’s people, and it is one of the deadliest poisons a person can take spiritually. God allowed the Israelites to face diseases and sickness when they disobeyed Him (Deut 28:58-61), and when they would turn back to Him, He would heal their land and take sickness from their midst (Exodus 23:25, Deut 7:15). In the New Testament, Jesus gave us two commandments (Matthew 22:37-40), and if we break those, we can be opened up to curses, just as the people in the Old Testament were. Jesus never came to abolish the moral law (Matthew 5:17), but He did come to set us free from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13), meaning, Jesus paid the price so we can be set free from any curses we may have come under.

 

Two commandments given to us by God

 

Matthew 22:37-40, “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

 

Jesus gave us very important commandments to follow; one of them was to love one another, as He has loved us (John 15:12). Love is the exact opposite of unforgiveness, envy, jealousy, hate, pride and bitterness. You can’t truly love somebody and hold bitterness or unforgiveness against him or her at the same time.

 

Unforgiveness shows we don’t really love Jesus

 

In John 15:12, Jesus commands us to love one another, as He has loved us. True love doesn’t hold bitterness or unforgiveness against that person. If we are bitter or hold unforgiveness against somebody, then we don’t love them as Christ loved us. If we don’t keep Jesus’ commandments, then it proves we don’t love Him.

 

John 14:24, “He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings…”

 

Unforgiveness prevents God from forgiving our sins

Matthew 6:15, “But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

 

Unforgiveness opens us up to the tormentors (the devil)

In Matthew Ch.18, Jesus speaks of a parable of a King who forgave one of his servants that owed him a tremendous debt. However, when it came time for this servant to forgive one of his servants for a debt owed, he refused.

 

Matthew 18:32-35, “Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desired of me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.”
Unforgiveness can block God from answering our prayers
Mark 11:24, 25, “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought (something) against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

 

Matthew 7:7, 12, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you… Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.

 

Unforgiveness can defile a person

 

Hebrews 12:15, “…lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.”

 

Notice at the end it says, “many be defiled.” This is a VERY common, if not one of the most common everyday things that defile people! Many bondages can be shed when a person forgives those who have wronged him or her.
Unforgiveness can give Satan an advantage
2 Corinthians 2:10-11, “To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”

 

Unforgiveness can keep a person out of heaven

 

Matthew 7:12, 21, (v12)”Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets… (v21)Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”

 

1 John 3:14, “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.”

 

Unforgiveness can prevent us from being fruitful spiritually

 

John 15:5 tells us that if we abide in Christ, we will produce much spiritual fruit, and the way that we abide in Christ is by keeping His commandments (verse 10). Verse 12 tells us that His commandment is that we love one another as He has loved us. Therefore, if we don’t love one another, as He has loved us, then we do not abide in Him, and how are we suppose to produce much spiritual fruit if we don’t abide in Him? According to verse 6, the branch that doesn’t abide in the vine will be cast into the fire.
Unforgiveness can open us up to curses
When people in the Old Testament disobeyed God’s commandments, it opened them up to curses (Deut 27:26). When people nowadays disobey God, it can do the same thing; it can open them up to curses. Curses can cause mental and emotional problems (Deut 28:28), physical problems (Deut 28:35, 60, 61), financial problems (Deut 28:17, 38, 43), divorce and unfaithful spouse (Deut 28:30, 56), emotional stress (Deut 28:34), childlessness (Lev 20:21), and that’s not all, plus those curses can be handed down to your future generations (Exodus 20:5).
The blessings of forgiveness

When we forgive, it opens us up to God’s forgiveness (Matthew 6:15), it puts us in a receiving position when we pray (Mark 11:24, 25), it helps us become spiritually fruitful (John 15:10, 12, 5), and we will know that we have passed from spiritual death to being reconciled with our heavenly Father when we love each other (1 John 3:14)! When we keep God’s commandments and love one another, we prove that we love Jesus (John 14:21), and we abide in Christ’s love (John 15:10)! What a magnificent blessing forgiveness really is!!!

 

Brother Glenn Burney