Power of the Cross Blog

 

A Christian blog with articles, devotionals and videos that will inspire and edify. All content is 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. 

 
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Looking Unto Jesus

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“Looking unto Jesus.” — Hebrews 12:2
 
It is ever the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ. He insinuates, “Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you have not the joy of his children; you have such a wavering hold of Jesus.”
 
All these are thoughts about self, and we shall never find comfort or assurance by looking within. But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self: he tells us that we are nothing, but that “Christ is all in all.” Remember, therefore, it is not your hold of Christ that saves you -it is Christ; it is not your joy in Christ that saves you -it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that is the instrument-it is Christ’s blood and merits; therefore, look not so much to your hand with which your are grasping Christ, as to Christ; look not to your hope, but to Jesus, the source of your hope; look not to your faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of thy faith.

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These Are The Last Days

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This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;  ( 2 Timothy 3:1-4  KJV)
 
When most people think of the “last days” or “end of times”, images of Bible scripture from Matthew Chapter 24 or Revelations come to mind. We envision earthquakes, wars, famines, plagues, and disease. Although those things are beginning and will only intensify, Paul told the young pastor Timothy what the people of the last days would be like before Christ returns. The Bible clearly shows that we are in the last days.
 
Paul said the people of the last days would be lovers of themselves. Have you noticed how the love of many waxes cold? How divided the masses have become? Natural affection for fellow human beings is disappearing, bringing with it no value for human life.
 
The Bible says Last day people would be covetous. More than ever people have forsaken the righteousness of God for the material gains of this world at any cost. Many are boasting of how good they are and how proud they are of their “toys” they have stacked up for the world to see. Many blasphemers shake their hands at the church and say “I don’t need your Jesus”. They love the pleasures of this world more than sacrificing and serving God and our communities.
 
It seems many children have become disobedient to parents as the idea of Biblical families has been trampled underfoot for the sake of political correctness. Entertainers and politicians have become high minded thinking somehow they know better than God and dismiss the Bible as a fable.
 
One certain entertainer recently went so far as to say Christians are mentally ill if they have heard the voice of Jesus. That would make most of the Bible great’s people with metal illness. It is nothing more than being despisers of good.

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Who will inherit the Earth?

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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 excerpt 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.
 

What is meek?

“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. We must stand against what is wrong and yet expressing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with love and compassion. Yet a humble spirit is needed more than ever in our world.
 
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.
 
 


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Why celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

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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. A record of Saint Patrick’s life is in a book he wrote called Confessions.
 

Who was St Patrick


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 t

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The Poison of Unforgiveness

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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


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