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First Baptist Church of Royal
7402 Albert Pike Road  Royal, Arkansas  71968
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​I Corinthians 2:1-5
I am going to get into trouble with this one! I believe God is concerned with every aspect of our existence. There is no matter too insignificant to escape God’s watchful and caring eye. That being said, allow me to ask this question, have you ever been in a “testimony” service and no one says anything? Back in the day churches use to have testimony services. They were fairly simple services. People share about what God is doing in their lives or some account where they have seen God at work. It’s bad, as you can imagine, when no one shares. Even worse when the only praises you can get concerns someone’s hang nail which is not hurting as bad as it used to or their cat finely showed back up.

If you will read the passage at the top, you will find that Paul reminds the church that when he began his ministry to them he didn’t try to impress them with his intellect or power. Rather Paul determined to simply preach the gospel of Christ, to humbly love and serve the people. Paul left the impressing up to the Holy Spirit. As Paul stated, he wanted the people to have their faith rooted in the power of God and not in the wisdom of men. Paul’s message was Christ and His crucifixion.

Paul’s method on the other hand was something different. Verse four Paul identifies that he did not preach with the wisdom of men but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power. What really is a demonstration of the Spirit and power? When the Holy Spirit shows up and starts making things happen. Paul preached how Jesus was alive and told them of the testimonies of others and his own, and the Spirit began to convince people to believe. The presence of the Spirit gave authority to the words of Paul and people recognized this authority. Much like when Jesus taught, the people recognized something different about His teachings which was different from what they were used to from the other teachers. Now Paul was just a human like anyone of us, so don’t think I am making out Paul to be something more. Paul was just a tool in the hands of the Spirit. If we can point out a uniqueness about Paul it would be his choice to simply be a tool for the Spirit to use. Because of Paul’s humility and surrender, the Spirit was free to work through Paul. To say it a little different, the Spirit demonstrated His power in the lives of others because Paul got out of the way. We can do the same, and some do. 

What really is a demonstration of the Spirit? Genuinely changed lives, genuine glory given to God, and the promises of God realized in the lives of His followers. The church of Christ today is drying up for lack of the demonstration of the Spirit and His power. We don’t need better facilities, media, or programs until we surrender to the Spirit. If I were a lost man and listened to the complaints believers have today, I would think their God is a puny God. If I were a lost man and evaluated the commitment I see in Christians to God’s word, God’s church, and God’s work, I would think them fairly unimportant. If I were a lost man and evaluated the life choices of Christians I would conclude God is more or less disinterested in our everyday lives.

There is little wonder testimony services have faded from the church, there is just not that much to talk about, unless it is someone’s hangnail, or returning pet. Maybe we ought to consider Paul’s example? Are you surrendered to God? Don’t throw cold water on Him, respond to Him. I know you have many plans, you will always have plans though. The outcome of the demonstration of the Spirit is that people’s faith, yours, and mine, will be rooted in the power of God. How desperately the church and the world need this power realized in our lives!  


One day, I woke early in the morning to watch the sunrise. Ah the beauty of God’s creation is beyond description. As I watched, I praised God for His beautiful work. As I sat there, I felt the Lord’s presence with me. He asked me, “Do you love me?”
I answered, “Of course, God! You are my Lord and Saviour!”

Then He asked, “If you were physically handicapped, would you still love me?”
I was perplexed. I looked down upon my arms, legs and the rest of my body and wondered how many things I wouldn’t; be able to do, the things that I took for granted. And I answered, “It would be tough Lord, but I would still love You.”

Then the Lord said, “If you were blind, would you still love my creation?” How could I love something without being able to see it? Then I thought of all the blind people in the world and how many of them still loved God and His creation.
So I answered, “Its hard to think of it, but I would still love Your creation.”

The Lord then asked me, “If you were deaf, would you still listen to my word?” How could I listen to anything being deaf?
Then I understood. Listening to God’s Word is not merely using our ears, but our hearts.
​I answered, “It would be tough, but I would still listen to Your word.”

The Lord then asked, “If you were mute, would you still praise My Name?”
How could I praise without a voice? Then it occurred to me: God wants us to sing from our very heart and soul. It never matters what we sound like. And praising God is not always with a song, but when we are persecuted, we give God praise with our words of thanks.
​So I answered, “Though I could not physically sing, I would still praise Your Name.”

And the Lord asked, “Do you really love Me?”
​With courage and a strong conviction, I answered boldly, “Yes Lord! I love You because You are the one and true God!”
I thought I had answered well, but God asked, “THEN WHY DO YOU SIN?”

I answered, “Because I am only human. I am not perfect.”


No answers. Only tears.
The Lord continued: “Why only sing at fellowships and retreats? Why seek Me only in times of worship? Why ask things so selfishly? Why ask things so unfaithfully?”
​The tears continued to roll down my cheeks.

“Why are you ashamed of Me? Why are you not spreading the good news? Why in times of persecution, you cry to others when I offer My shoulder to cry on? Why make excuses when I give you opportunities to serve in My Name?”
I tried to answer, but there was no answer to give.

“You are blessed with life. I made you not to throw this gift away. I have blessed you with talents to serve Me, but you continue to turn away. I have revealed My Word to you, but you do not gain in knowledge. I have spoken to you but your ears were closed. I have shown My blessings to you, but your eyes were turned away. I have sent you servants, but you sat idly by as they were pushed away. I have heard your prayers and I have answered them all.”


I could not answer. How could I? I was embarrassed beyond belief. I had no excuse. What could I say to this? My heart had cried out and the tears had flowed, I said, Please forgive me Lord. I am unworthy to be Your child.”

The Lord answered, ” That is My Grace, My child.”

I asked, ” Then why do you continue to forgive me? Why do You love me so?”
The Lord answered, “Because you are My creation. You are my child. I will never abandon you. When you cry, I will have compassion and cry with you. When you shout with joy, I will laugh with you. When you are down, I will encourage you. When you fall, I will raise you up. When you are tired, I will carry you. I will be with you till the end of days, and I will love you forever.”
Never had I cried so hard before. How could I have been so cold? How could I have hurt God as I had done?

I asked God, “How much do You love me?”
The Lord stretched out His arms, and I saw His nail-pierced hands. I bowed down at the feet of Christ, my Saviour. And for the first time, I truly prayed.

Author Unknown.

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." John 3:16-17