March 18th, 2019
A Man’s Faith Stands Strong with God
1 Corinthians 2:2-5 (KJB) For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
The real problem with many modern-day preachers is that they expect their congregation to stand in the power of their own words and opinion as delivered from the pulpit. They fail to shine the light on God or to recite and illustrate the supernatural power found only in God’s Word.
Instead of the gospel message, many modern-day preachers will base their sermons upon their own powerless words and opinions. When the message is built around self, it gathers no weight or bearing on the lost and restless hearts of mankind.
Paul was sure to include the very Word of God in every message.
Why? Because Paul understood that it is the only place in which the power and presence of God can be found.
Paul knew the power of God’s message had nothing to do with his words, a savvy delivery, or that the message was delivered from the pulpit of a church. Paul knew that the supernatural power at work in the message of the gospel can come only from the spiritual presence and working of God.
God must be involved in the preaching, teaching, and witnessing because there is no power available in placing faith in the mere words and opinion of a man. A message arising from man is always void of the presence or power of God; while a message originating with God contains supernatural power and presence to do necessary spiritual work in the heart condition of a lost man.