TOPIC: The Offence of the Cross
BASIC SCRIPTURE: Galatians 5:11-23
11 And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased. 12 I could wish that those who trouble you would even [a]cut themselves off!
13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!
16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: [b]adultery, [c]fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, [d]murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 [e]gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
It was Frank A. Clark who penned: “If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” No wonder Vs. 11 of today’s scripture says: “And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? Then is the offence of the cross ceased.”
The Holy Spirit wants you to know that there is something called THE OFFENCE OF THE CROSS. It means THE BATTLES THAT ARISE FROM YOUR BEING A CROSS BEARER (a BORN AGAIN CHILD OF GOD). The cross attracts satanic anger and the cross reminds Satan of his defeat. That is why Psalm 34:19 says: “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.”
Why was it that your battles increased after you decided to dedicate your life to Jesus Christ? It is because THE GATES OF HELL get angry each time they see you! Your life reminds them of their defeat by the MASTER OF TH UNIVERSE WHOM YOU ARE FOLLOWING NOW – JESUS OF NAZARETH.
Refuse to quit when the offences (attacks) of the cross show up because each attack leads to more grace and it will end in praise! Strength does not come from winning! Your struggles develop your strength. When you go through hardship (offences of the cross) and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life! Always remember this: THE PAST IS WHERE YOU LEARN THE LESSONS. THE FUTURE IS WHERE YOU APPLY THE LESSON. DON’T GIVE UP IN THE MIDDLE!
Lift up your hands and declare aloud now: “I AM NOT A QUITTER! I SHALL SIT ON MY THRONE OF VICTORY AND MAKE HEAVEN AT LAST! Amen and amen! Pray now!
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Take Song 2: Great is Thy faithfulness…
In your own words, pray about today’s word as you are led.
Thank you LORD because of the cross. I receive GRACE never to quit! I possess the fruit of LONGSUFFERING from this day!
I claim my daily victory of the cross now concerning the following issues of my destiny (mention them now).
No satanic attack, delay, arrow of discouragement will stop me. Lord, use every offence of the cross to multiply my GRACE!
Lord, use every offence of the cross to multiply YOUR PRAISE!
Oh Blood of Jesus Christ; stop every tongue accusing me now.
I shall not end in the valley of tears in Jesus name.
Pray in Tongues seriously! Pray about today seriously now.
Our Daily Manna 24th September 2021 ODM Devotional Message. Bishop Dr. Chris Kwakpovwe (author of ODM) is a dynamic man of God with strong prophetic, healing, preaching and teaching ministries. Since he met the Lord and got born again on February 3rd 1976, as a student at the prestigious government college Ughelli, Delta State of Nigeria, he has been preaching the word in Creeks, Villages and Cities with signs following.