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The Wisdom of God's Foolish Plan: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 (Faithfulness)

Start:Aug 15, 2020

Duration:20 Minute(s)

Goal: this Cognitive Trail will improve the development of the spiritual fruit of faithfulness.

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Summary: Investing in the fruit of faithfulness.

Step 1

Read Galatians 5:22-23:

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law."

Are you ready to make an investment in the Fruit of Faithfulness?

Step 2

Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 The Wisdom of God:

"The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. As the Scriptures say, 'I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent'.
So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength. Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God. God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.”

Allow this word to penetrate, then select the 'Successful' response.

Step 3

What do you believe God is currently asking you to do that makes you feel foolish?

Step 4

How strongly do you agree "this foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans"?

Step 5

How strongly do you agree "God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength"?

Step 6

How strongly do you believe "God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important"?

Step 7

Go to 'DOCUMENTS' to read Oswald Chambers on the issue of faith.

Select 'Successful' when you are finished.

Step 8

What specific circumstances and/or trials are you facing today that threatened to take your focus off of seeking the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.

Step 9

Paul states: "God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.”

Putting your concerns aside for a moment, go ahead and take some time to 'boast about the Lord'. You can do so out loud or write in the space provided.

Step 10

In private, is there something you would like to confess before God? If "Yes", do so now.

Step 11

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you if there is a specific action God has asked of you that you have been hesitant to do?

If he reveals something to you, write it down in the space provided.

Step 12

If the Holy Spirit revealed something to you, are you willing to show your reckless abandonment to the Lord by taking action today?

If "Yes', write down what you are going to do.

(Note: consider telling a friend what you are going to do and then ask them to hold you accountable to doing it.)

Step 13

How much has this Trail helped you to believe in God's "foolish plan" for your life?

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