The gospel message packed a punch 2000 years ago, and it throws a knockout punch today. The gospel message is still the same; however, people living in different environments have varied interpretations. One circumstance remains constant; in all settings, we find the blind leading the blind. Scriptures say, "The god who rules this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers. They cannot see the light, which is the good news about our glorious Christ, who shows what God is like" (2 Corinthians 4:4). Allow the gospel messengers to help you improve your sight.
Paul says it this way: "For the Message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are on the way to perdition, but it is the power of God to those whom He is saving" (1 Corinthians 1:18). Indeed, I tell you that the gospel message boldly proclaims the power of God. Paul's life is a powerful example. His conversion on the road to Damascus was not ordinary; it was supernatural. Once converted, Paul underwent a dramatic change and became a bondservant to the Lord.
Paul saw the "light of the world" and embarked on his mission to speak the power. From the messengers, we understand "God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control" (2 Timothy 1:7). We must stop being afraid to connect with the supernatural. How else can the Holy Spirit, a supernatural Being, bring something to our remembrance. Do not be like the foolish person who puts no effort into understanding the Spirit.
We proclaim Jesus is Lord. The Spirit lives in us, and we are confident that it is a manifestation of the power of God. It is the Word that became flesh and walked among us. Yes, we know that the natural man does not wholeheartedly accept the things of the Spirit. We also understand that we will encounter people whose thoughts defy intellectual and spiritual discernment. I ask: does it make sense that an educated man would say the people who stormed the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021 were people that loved this country, that genuinely respect law enforcement, and would never break the law?
Maybe I am irrational, but breaking in a locked building, attacking guards, and looking for people to hang breaks and disrespects the law. This sounds like a lie told by a person blinded by the god of this world, a person who does not allow the truth in the gospel message to speak. The Word of God says: "The Spirit shows what is true and will come and guide you into the full truth" (John 16:13). Recognize and respect that the Spirit of God is supernatural. The Holy Spirit guides us; so, humble yourself and obey the Gospel Message. Listen when the Holy Spirit speaks. The Light has come into this world and the power of God resides in the Light.
Minister Nettie Pennington, Associate Minister, Springfield MB Church