Having spent some time as a church seeking God for a fresh outpouring of His power, I was particularly struck by a passage that was shared at our Friday morning prayer meeting. In the second Chapter of 1Corinthians the Apostle Paul famously states that, ‘My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power’ (1Co 2:4). Wow! I am sure that we would love that to be our testimony as well as our experience at Ridgeway. That we would witness God, day by day, confirming and authenticating His word, through the means of signs and wonders.
So what then is the secret of Paul’s evident success? Having read and re-read the story of Paul, I am convinced that he shares the key to unlock God’s power in the previous verses. Here Paul shares in humility, his own weaknesses and fears. He also shares the essence of that which he proclaimed to the people of Corinth. Paul writes, ‘For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified’ (1 Co 2:2). As we approach Easter, let us ensure that our focus is the same as Paul’s focus. As we move on from Easter, let us believe therefore that we too will see a fresh move of God’s Spirit that flows from His throne and brings freedom through the cross of Calvary.
His and Yours, Gareth