Foolishness and Weakness of God?

1 Corinthians 1:25   (NLT)   This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.

Our loving Almighty Father and God is indescribably, and inscrutably much bigger, more powerful, and more glorious than we imagine Him to be. His wisdom is way much higher than our wisdom—it transcends the highest heavens; His plans are way much 1 Corinthians 1.25 - Foolishness and Weakness of Godbetter than our plans—they’re the best. The strongest of us or all our strengths put together is weaker than God’s weakness. Truth is: God does not have any weakness.

Praise God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, He has given us access to both His wisdom and power. Our Lord Jesus is the wisdom and the power of God. He lives in us through the power of the Holy Spirit. He Who can do exceedingly, abundantly, above all we could ever think, imagine, or ask lives in us. In the world’s eyes, we may be nobodies. We are not of noble birth; we are not rich; we are not powerful; we are not great; we are not wise; in fact, they think we are foolish; they think we are weak. To them, we are nothing. There are truths to that, but no more. By ourselves, left to ourselves, we are weak. But the power of God lives in us. By ourselves, left to ourselves, we may be foolish. But the wisdom of God is now in us.

That’s why our trust is in God; our boast is in Him. We seek His face, His heart, His will, and we live accordingly. We live in His light.

The world may never see us in a good light. They may never accept us. They may never see is for who God made us to be. We’re not moved; we are not scared; were not intimidated; we are not shackled. We continue to live out God’s purposes and calling; we live under His instructions, fighting under His banner, marching to the beat of His commands, proclaiming the Good News of salvation, freedom, power and wisdom…

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Giving Yet Increasing

Isaiah 58:11   (KJV)   11 And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

God lovingly desires that we all spend eternity in His glorious presence. He wants us to have a wonderful eternal existence. He also wants us to be the best we can be; that’s why He has predestined us according to His foreknowledge to be conformed to the image of our isaiah-58-11-giving-yet-increasingLord Jesus. He also wants us to navigate through our journey correctly and safely. Praise God, He makes sure He’s with us, directing our every step and turn.

Our journey is one of love. We are tremendously loved, we love much as well. This isn’t a loss or something to feel sad about; it’s the most amazing life there is. There’s no life better than a life lived in love. We give a lot, we sacrifice a lot, but we’re never depleted. How can we? We have the infinite Source of all our provisions living in us. This is our very comforting assurance since the need around us is non-stop.

There are those who are in desperate need of help. Our eyes roam; our brains process; God’s voice whispers: all around us are the poor, the oppressed, and the rejected. To them, Christmas isn’t a season of joy; it’s a billboard showing them how badly life has dealt with them. As others are confused as to whether they’ll buy an elliptical machine or a leather jacket for a gift, the rest of them can’t even go to 99 Cents store.

We’re here for them; we willingly extend our hands and let go of our resources to uplift them. We don’t fear exhaustion and lack. At times, we feel like spinning tops—we go south, north, west, east—we get tired, our resources dwindle, but somehow, our strengths get renewed. We continue to run, and we’re not weary, we walk, and we don’t faint. We continue to give, and we continue to increase. We’re truly like well-watered gardens and continually flowing streams. There’s no natural explanation to this, but we live beyond the natural.

Our destiny is wonderfully glorious, so is our journey.

End of the Accuser

Revelation 12:10   (KJV)   10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Jesus is the Prince of Peace; He is the Lamb of God. These are wonderful titles and descriptions. The seemingly ever evasive peace is a desire, wish, and prayer of so many people. It’s a common theme in international conventions and in world leaders’ negotiations. Genuinerevelation-12-10-end-of-the-accuser and lasting world peace is a priceless treasure that will become a reality only through the leadership of one Entity: Jesus. Peace, Lamb—they bring some kind of indescribable quietness in us who know Him truly. But they’re often erroneously equated to weakness, and often, inability to do anything of great impact and worldwide in scope.

But truth is more delightful than error; in a magnificent display of God’s glory, our precious Lord Jesus brought peace on earth and goodwill to mankind. He accomplished what everyone else failed to do. He lived a perfect life; He defeated all His temptations and trials; He endured all His agonizing pain and tortures; He died for our sins; He defeated death, hell, and the grave, and rose again on the third day; He ascended back to heaven and glory. Seated at the right hand of the Father, He will come again to bring our ultimate salvation. He has saved us from the power and penalty of sin, but this time, He will save us even from the presence of sin.

Everyone will see Jesus in power, glory, and authority. Every knee will bow, every tongue will confess—either with extreme gladness or extreme sadness, that our Lord Jesus, the Prince of Peace, the Lamb of God, is also the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. This is the time when all of God’s enemies will be brought down to their expected end—that of total humiliation, defeat, and destruction. The non-stop accuser will finally be silenced. This is written; we consider this done. That’s why in the middle of the most horrendous attacks coming from the soon-to-be-totally-destroyed foe, we rejoice. The enemy’s panicking; the King is coming.

Strengthened Within

Ephesians 3:14-21   (NIV)   16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being

The power we possess is through the greatest power there is in existence—the Holy Spirit.

The Source of our strength is inexhaustible—His glorious riches.

Physical strength is of great benefit; inner strength has way much greater.

We need exercise if we are to be stronger. Prayer is one of the exercises that strengthen our inner man.

If we want to be stronger, we build our muscles; if we want to grow in our understanding of God, His love, His power, we need His Spirit.

Extravagant Love

Luke 7:38  (KJV)   38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.

The woman’s love for Jesus was displayed extravagantly, emotionally, affectionately, and very visibly. It had no regard for other people’s impression of who she was and cared not for criticisms she would receive. How could she do it? Why did she do it? Before she poured a single drop of perfume, she first poured all of herself. Her all-out external display of love naturally exuded from an all-out love that was already resident in the depths of her heart. It was a great “show;” she had a great love.

Love expresses itself. Love finds a way to do so. Much love will express much. A lack of loving expression may be an alarming signal of a lack of love. Please, conscientiously watch the signs. If we truly love our Master, let no personal predispositions, religious traditions or popular opinions hold us back from letting our love have its way. This is not a proposition to listen to the heart without consideration of wisdom. That would be foolish and disastrous. Lovers have been unnecessarily hurt because of solely emotional decisions. This is not a rebellious outcry to discard boundaries; that wouldn’t be love; love is righteous; it springs from the very nature of God. We need not indulge in ungodliness to generously demonstrate the greatness of our love.  We have enough godly expressions of love to last us more than one lifetime. We are to love God with all our hearts, minds, soul, and strength. Let our love flow: emotionally, intelligently, deeply, physically – noticeably.

Loving God, thank you for sparing no expense in showing how great your love is for us. You gave it your best; You gave us the greatest expression of Your love by giving us Your Son. Please help us to reciprocate Your gesture – limited as we are. May we never be ashamed of letting others know of our love for You,  even in the way we love others too. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.