Words of Faith 1-27-2020
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2020
Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL
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1 Peter 2
 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, "The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone,"  and, "A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall." They stumble because they disobey the message‑‑which is also what they were destined for.
As believers, we know how precious Jesus is. To some who do not believe, Jesus is a joke, someone to ridicule on television and mock in the media. To others, Jesus is just an enigma that they do not understand. Eventually, all will deal with Jesus.
Peter makes it clear that those who reject Jesus will eventually trip upon Him. Some move through life, thinking they don't need a thing. Still, eventually, they will hit upon an immoveable object in the path named Jesus.
Have you ever stubbed your toe on an immovable object that sent you stumbling or even falling headlong? It is a scary thing, and it can be painful, too. You might even look back to where your fall originated and wonder: How could I have missed that!
Peter teaches us that while Jesus is the cornerstone in the life of a believer, the first to be set and the capstone, He is also a stumbling block! If we run a business without ethics, we will eventually strike our toe upon His truth. If we live in the way of the world, we eventually will trip upon Him. If we live according to the lies of the enemy, we will eventually find ourselves stumbling headlong.
Jesus cannot be avoided. The reality is that if I make my self the center of my existence, I will eventually fall to my knees. If I do not humble myself, I will be humbled. This one thing is sure‑‑ everyone will eventually have to deal with Jesus. We will come to that place when every knee will bow, and every tongue confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God.
The Apostle Paul noted that the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. The cross is a stumbling block to some and just plain foolishness to others (1 Corinthians 1:18‑19, 23).
Sometimes we may even feel foolish following the way of Christ. We may even sense that we are in the way or misunderstood as the world hurtles toward an uncertain future. But part of carrying the Gospel of Christ lies in accepting the fact that at times, people will stumble headlong over Him.
Paul was reassuring about this in His letter to the Corinthians. "But to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength (1 Cor. 1:24-25).
Lord, I bow before You. I choose to honor You as Lord in my life. May I not stumble upon Your truth. Rather let me build my life upon the strength of the Rock of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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