Power of the Cross Blog

A Christian blog with articles to inspire and edify.

All posts are created from the belief 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. 
 

What Really Happened At Sodom ?

 

 SINS OF SODOM

 
Many people think that God’s Judgment came upon Sodom and Gomorrah because of sexual sins which resulted in destruction. That is true but it is only one sin in a list of things God condemned those towns for.
 
Ezekiel 16:49-50  Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.  [50]  And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.
 
The other evil activity God hated was pride, gluttoney (eating too much food) and not helping the needy. The people of those towns were arrogant and spoiled; they had everything they needed and still refused to help the poor and needy. They thought they were better than everyone else, and they did things God did not like without remorse – And so God destroyed them. Now ask yourself – what does God think of the United States?
 
The Book of Romans tells us we can be cut off from the blessings of God when we continue in a wrong direction.
 
Romans 11:14-21  If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.  [15]  For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?  
[16]  For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.  [17]  And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;  [18]  Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. [19]  Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.  [20]  Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not high minded, but fear:  [21]  For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
 

 WAKE UP

 
Wake up church. The church has fell into a lull over the past 10 years. Many have become rich and increased with goods and afraid to tell the truth for fear of loss. 
 
Do not be afraid to declare the whole counsel of God. The Truth of God’s Word is the only hope this world has. Repentance must happen before its too late


Behind the Veil

“Behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.” — Matthew 27:51


A great miracle happened in the tearing of the temple veil; but it was not intended merely as a display of power. Many lessons were taught to us through this divine display of power. The old law of ordinances was put away, and like a worn out curtain, was torn down the middle and laid aside.
 
When Jesus died, the sacrifices were all finished, because all fulfilled in him, and therefore the place of their presentation was marked with this evidences. That torn veil also revealed all the hidden things of the old dispensation: the mercy-seat could now be seen, and the glory of God gleamed above it.
 
By the death of our Lord Jesus we have a clear revelation of God, for he was “not as Moses, who put a veil over his face.” Life and immortality are now brought to light, and things which have been hidden since the foundation of the world are manifest in him. The annual ceremony of atonement was therefore abolished.
 
The atoning blood which was once every year sprinkled within the veil, was now offered once for all by the great High Priest, and therefore the place of the symbolical rite was broken up. No blood of bullocks or of lambs is needed now, for Jesus has entered within the veil with his own blood. Therefore, access to God is now permitted, and is the privilege of every believer in Christ Jesus.
 
There was not even the smallest space laid open through which the mercy-seat could be seen, but the tear in the veil reached from the top to the bottom, symbolizing the access we now have to the mercy seat. We may now come with boldness to the throne of the heavenly grace. Would it be wrong to say that the opening of the Holy of Holies in this marvellous manner by our Lord’s cry from the Cross was the type of the opening of the gates of paradise to all the saints by virtue of the Passion? Our bleeding Lord has the key of heaven; he opens and no man shuts; let us enter in with him into the heavenly places, and sit with him there till our common enemies shall be made his footstool.
 
Modern translation of Spurgeon devotional by Pastor FL Wilson 


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Born Again

woman with hands in air

You must be born again

( modern translation of a Spurgeon devotional)
 
Regeneration is a subject which lies at the very basis of salvation. We should be very diligent to take heed that we really are “born again,”. There are many who think they are but are not. Be assured that the name of a Christian is not the nature of a Christian. Being born in a Christian land, and being recognized as professing the Christian religion is of no avail whatever, unless there be something more added to it-the being “born again,”. It is a matter so mysterious, that human words cannot describe it.
 
“The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”.  Nevertheless, it is a change which is known and felt. It is known by works of holiness, and felt by a gracious experience. This great work is supernatural. It is not an operation

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Evil Alcohol or Christian Cocktail

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Our society for the most part condones the consumption of alcohol. The makers of strong drinks will market it as a “good time” and “lets all party” all for the sake of money. It is nothing uncommon to see people drinking beer in family TV programming. Even from years gone by, the media was training our world through light hearted comedies like the Beverly Hillbillies. Everyone would laugh as Granny would break out the rheumatism medicine or Otis Campbell in the Andy Griffith show would come into the jail staggering drunk.
 
In this article I am not trying to judge anyone’s salvation nor motives but I have no problem saying that the Bible teaches Christians to be a teetotaler, period. Most of the reasoning for acceptance by a Christian to drink in what is called “moderation”, I perceive as flat out deception within Christianity. The problem started infecting the church when the ministers of God stopped taking a stand for total abstinence in lieu of better attendance.
 

No drunks in Heaven 

Full blown alcoholics did not start out that way, it was one drink at a time until they eventually lose control and no longer care. Don’t be fooled, drunkards will not 

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America’s Modern Holocaust

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There is the testimony of a Christian that lived in Germany during the Holocaust. He said they heard the stories of what was happening to the Jews but they tried distancing themselves from it because, what could anyone do to stop it? 
 
A railroad track ran behind his small church and each Sunday morning the church could hear the whistle of a train as it approached and then the wheels coming over the tracks. As the trains would pass, they could hear cries and screams coming from the railcars as the trains passed by. They soon realized it was Jews like cattle in the cars! Week after week the whistle would blow.
 
They soon come to dread the blast of whistle and the sound of the train wheels because they knew soon they would hear the cries of Jews en route to a death camp. The screams tormented them. As time went by, when they would hear the whistle of the train, they would begin to sing hymns. By the time the train would pass the church they were singing at the top of their lungs. If they heard screams they would sing even louder and soon they heard them no more.
 
The man telling this testimony said that no one talked about it anymore but he could still hear the train whistle in his sleep. He said “God forgive me; forgive all us who called ourselves Christians yet did nothing to intervene” . 
 
Now we have our own modern day holocaust in America. The murder of innocent unborn children. The latest laws passed in our country our unthinkable. Some states allow abortion up to birth, full term 9 months. Some have even considering allowing the mother to decide a child’s fate even after birth! That is infanticide.
 
How much longer will the church try to ignore the silent screams of the innocent? We must stand up for the unborn child. There should be more choices for the mothers, not just one of death. It is truly a modern day holocaust that history will look back on as one of the most vile atrocities of the human race   
 
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Does the Bible Really have answers?

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I have heard most of my adult life that the Bible contains all the answers to life’s problems. Although that is true, most Christians fall short of telling the whole idea behind that statement. 

Simple Answers

Books in the Bible such as Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations and Matthew teach us how to live. But we should not expect simple and easy answers to problems of life. The people in the stories of the Bible had hard struggles. They tried desperately to hold onto their faith in God but yet failing in many cases. They often acted out without knowing if their actions were right or wrong. As we join this “great cloud of witnesses” (Heb 12:1) we can learn from their mistakes and victories.
 
The “champions” of faith had one thing in common. They understood that the proper sacrifice pleased God.  Although the men and women of God that preceded Jesus Christ did not fully understand what was going to happen for the human race at the Cross, they still comprehended that the shedding of innocent blood through the proper sacrifice coupled with their faith was what brought them into right relationship with God. We have been blessed with the teachings of Paul, who brought the Glorious Message of the Cross to the Jewish and gentile world. The same simple faith in Christ and Him Crucified that saved us also sanctifies us (Col 2:6) to live for God as we are empowered by the Holy Spirit.
 
We should accept the trials of life with the courage and faith like the Great Patriarchs demonstrated in the worst and best times of their life. The victory and answers of life will be before us as we run this race and finish the course to eternal life with Jesus.