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Today’s 333 Devotional: “God’s Kingdom Comes in Power”
“For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.” (1 Corinthians 4:20)
The Kingdom of God doesn’t come through intellectual pursuit. Far too often the church’s message is nothing more than our point of view or philosophy that can go alongside other philosophies and schools of thought offered up by our society.
These pander to those seeking and searching for answers, and who come at Christianity the same way they approach other philosophies. They speculate, criticize, and express their opinions as to the rightness or wrongness of the Christian faith.
So, fearing not to offend pastors and teachers serve up a platter of platitudes instead of the milk and meat of God’s word, but God’s word is powerful and will make a difference.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
Paul is saying that the Kingdom of God isn’t found in our intellectual pursuits, because they hold no power, especially the power of God. Intellectual pursuits don’t produce life. Churches today seem to rely more upon their doctrinal positions and distinctions than they do upon the Holy Spirit to lead and guide.
Paul describes them as having all the form with none of the substance.
“They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly.” (2 Timothy 3:5)
They are well versed, but God’s verses haven’t infiltrated their hearts. They may be orthodox in their belief, but they are failing to attract others to an authentic relationship of faith in Jesus Christ.
The Kingdom of God is not in the words we speak, unless they are God’s words inspired and breathed out by the Holy Spirit. Only then will people experience the Kingdom of God having power over darkness, evil, and sin.
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