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Taking Up Our Cross


To focus our prayer for today, we will look at 1 Corinthians 2:4-5, “And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” 

Background & Application

Since all of our husbands and wives, sons and daughters are human beings, they tend to come with a full set of issues and problems. and loving them as we do, we most desperately want them to improve, grow and overcome their personal “drawbacks.” so we are inclined to do our share of preaching, speeches and persuasive talking. After all, the human wisdom of the world is very clear that if you can point out a problem, you must be qualified to tell someone how to solve it. But perhaps God has a different plan in mind. Rather than concentrate on annoying habits, He had the problem of sin to fix, and He didn’t do it with a speech or persuasive preaching. He did it on the cross, demonstrating His love for us while we were yet sinners. That’s why we need to seek Him, so we can demonstrate what He’s done in our hearts. That’s the Spirit of power. If we’re looking to change the ones we love, then being changed is the most powerful way to do it. 


As we pray today, ask God to change only one person, but let it be every one of us. Pray that taking up our cross and laying down our life will be more than just words to us. 

Rich Holt / BCWorldview.org


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