The Gospel And The Power

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16

The gospel is the Word of God. Paul called it the “power of God”. We will be lacking in power if we are spending more time focused on worldly pursuits then with the Word. The average person will wake up in the morning and spend about two hours getting ready for work. The average commute can be one to two hours followed by at least eight hours at work. Count in an hour for lunch and then another one to two-hour commute home and you already have almost fourteen hours of the day gone. Some will rush through a verse, or even a chapter of the Bible, in the morning or at lunch but how many actually give much thought to what they read? The family is waiting when we get home and then dinner may take an hour or more. The ‘normal’ person will then settle in to catch up on the day’s news and watch a few shows on television before going to bed so they can repeat the routine tomorrow. This is the normal day for most Christians. It is no wonder we are not seeing the power of God manifested in our midst! It is easy to fall into a routine similar to this because of our natural responsibilities. God has called us to live on a different realm. This will not be possible if we are not making time for His Word.

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. Proverbs 23:7

Paul said that the Gospel was the power of God. Christians are powerless because our thought are not being shaped and dominated by the Word of God. Can any of us even begin to imagine how it must grieve God for His children to approach His throne like unworthy beggars? He loved us so much that He sent Jesus to cross as our Passover lamb. Jesus’ blood has washed us and we can approach the throne with confidence knowing that we are made worthy by that blood. God provided for our every need. The choice to walk in His blessings is ours to make. People run from meeting to meeting hoping to find a minister with the anointed touch that will solve all of their problems that have already been supplied for through the Word of God. It is only through the eyes of a renewed mind that any of us will be able to see what God has provided for us in His plan. Discovering the plan of God will require a quality decision to pay the price needed for our minds to be renewed with the Word. This does not mean we are going to quit our jobs and go hide in a cave with only the Bible to keep us company. It may mean that we wake up a few hours early or stay up late to spend time with God instead of the television. Ignorance of the Word is costly. The majority of Christians do not have a revelation of how costly it is. If we are going to be transformed by the Word of God and prove “what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1) we will have to make a commitment to the Word. We will begin to experience the washing of the Word (Ephesians 5:26) only when it is given first place in our lives.

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