Thursday, February 9, 2012

Devotional by Raul Ries

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Daily Devotional by Raul Ries
Strength of the Cross
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
1 Corinthians 1:25

Underline this verse. The weakness of God is stronger than men. Think about it: the weakness of the preaching of the Cross of Jesus Christ, the weakness of saying, "I am weak, Lord, I cannot take it. I am not going to go there; I am not going to see that; I am not going to do that, because I know I will fall." You have to come to a place of surrender in your life. You have to know how strong you are and how weak.

The Bible says when you think you are really strong is when you are going to fall. When you think you can handle things, you cannot handle them. There is no way. Billy Graham has said four things are the root of man's sin: power, money, women and pride. Those things destroy people's lives. What is amazing is you never expect it to happen to you, but as Satan studies you over time, he looks for the right thing and the right time to bring full war against you—to destroy your life.

That is why Paul is writing this letter to the Corinthians, because they were totally carnal. There was so much sin; he had to address it, because Paul was a man of the Cross. That is what kept him usable. Physically, he was small and unattractive, but spiritually, he was a giant. Look at the power behind him. It was the power of the Cross. The Cross of Jesus Christ is the key—praying, studying, preaching, delivering the message—the power.

The cross was not a tragic failure;
it was a triumphant rescue.
~Vaughan Roberts~
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