Paul McKenzie

  • Paul McKenzie is a singer, songwriter and a gifted guitarist but there is much more to his ministry.
  • He is passionate about scripture and teaches others to memorize the Bible, providing seminars and instructional material, as well.
  • He is well-known for his ability to showcase the Word of God through dramatic portrayals of Biblical personalities.
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Devotion

Devotion

Memory Verse, Wednesday May 22, Colossians 4:4

“that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.”


Making the “mystery of Christ” clear. Earlier he had written to the Corinthians about his concern of them being lured to “another gospel”: “But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3)

Even earlier than that, he wrote: “And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech and wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:1-5)

This is a sobering passage, for Paul did not take the preaching of the Gospel lightly. He did not want to come across as some great preacher, receiving accolades for his eloquence and brilliance in the Gospel. He wanted the voice of God speaking through him. He wanted them to hear the Spirit of God, and leave him out as a humble messenger delivering the Good News that he had so thankfully and gratefully received.

In the previous chapter he had already seen the “preacher camps” forming, picking and choosing their “favorites”. He wanted nothing of that. His mission was to preach the gospel, “not with the words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.” (1 Corinthians 1:17b)

There are no formulas in the Gospel. It is not a religion, filled with rites and initiations, and special steps to make you holy. The Gospel is about a Person. A living relationship with God Himself, who inserted Himself into our world to lead us to Him.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:16-17)

The understanding of this is simple: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

He saves, and He provides the works purposefully prepared for us. He gives us a new nature, and His people are “born again.” “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13)

“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” And, “For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”” (Romans 10:9, 13)

Paul was a learned man, and knew far more than most in his (or our) generation. But he knew that, “whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” (Philippians 3:7)

So he was careful when he preached, and asked sincerely for prayer when he preached, so that as a human representative of the Divine God, he might not spoil the truth with human vanity. And he’s got a few words of advice for us as well in the next two verses.

Today if you hear His voice, harden not your heart.

Memory Helps:

“that I may make it clear,
which is how I ought to speak.”


(make it clear/ ought to speak)

You can put this into a simple meter: “that I may MAKE it CLEAR, which is HOW i OUGHT to SPEAK”. (the capitalized words are the beats).

Quick phonetic alphabet review: 0=S or Z; 1=t, or d; 2=N; 3=M; 4=R; 5=L; 6=J,sh,ch; 7=K or hard g; 8=F or V; and 9=P or b. All vowels, and w, and y are fillers. Example: “95” could be represented by PauL, or BaiLey, or PaiL, with the consonant sounds representing the numbers, and the vowels fillers.




(unless noted, Scripture quotations are from the NET version, a good translation free for public use).

Many of my memory techniques were greatly influenced by Harry Lorayne and shared with his permission. Learn more about him at his "MEMORY POWER" website: Harry Lorayne's Memory Power

Soli Deo Gloria