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Harvest Daily 10/22/04

Harvest Daily Devotional
by Pastor Greg Laurie

October 22
The Power of the Gospel

The power of the Lord was upon them, and large numbers of these Gentiles believed and turned to the Lord. -Acts 11:21

Christians often underestimate the raw, even explosive power that is inherent to the gospel message.  The Apostle Paul said, "For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ.  It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes - Jews first and also Gentiles" (Romans 1:16).

Now understand that Paul was a great intellectual.  He was a master student and orator.  When sharing the Good News, Paul could have called upon his ability to convince people.  He could have called upon His powers of oration to bring his listeners around.  But instead, Paul concentrated on that simple yet profound gospel message, because he recognized its power.  It's the power of God unto salvation.

The gospel message, the Good News can reach every type of person.  It doesn't matter what their background is.  They may be wealthy, poor, educated, or uneducated.  It cuts through cultural barriers, racial barriers, economic barriers, and age barriers.  Everyone can grasp the gospel, because God honors and blesses it and somehow drives it into the heart of the listener. 

Therefore, we make a mistake when we think we need to add on to the gospel or take away from it or apologize for it.  No.  We need to proclaim it and stand back and watch God move.

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Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright (c) 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

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