Take Up Your Cross

Take Up Your Cross September 13th 2015

Do you love others as deeply as you love yourself?

Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. (1 Samuel 18:3 KJV)

Jonathan and David lived a life set apart as true brothers in Christ.  They have left a godly example behind for all brothers and sisters in Christ to consider and put into place in their own lives.  They became close friends who had a bond or ribbon of royalty running thickly ...

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Take Up Your Cross September 12th 2015

Do people think you are out of your mind about the things of God?

For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause. For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and ...

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Take Up Your Cross September 11th 2015

Satan was once a beautiful creation of God until sin marred him.

Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have ...

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Take Up Your Cross September 10th 2015

Do you melt in the heat of persecution or remain firm in faith unto God?

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we ...

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Take Up Your Cross September 9th 2015

Will your works stand both on earth and forever in the eternal realm?

What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? (James 2:14 KJV)

Faith that is genuine shows itself through works which give glory and honor to God.  Real faith always produces works that point to God rather than pointing out works of man.  Genuine faith always produces spiritual evidence aligning with God’s Word and blossoming ...

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Take Up Your Cross September 8th 2015

Do you put limitations or restrictions on your service for Jesus Christ?

And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first ...

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Take Up Your Cross September 7th 2015

Lack of love spawns forth hatred and evil leading to an eternity spent without the presence of God.

Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. (1 John 3:15 KJV)

Hate is a very strong word and a quickly heated emotion that can quickly wrap you up in eternal chains as it takes up residence deep within your heart.  God aligns the propensity to hate right alongside the sin ...

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Take Up Your Cross September 6th 2015

Does your spiritual reputation smell savory or stink in this world?

Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour. (Ecclesiastes 10:1 KJV)

This particular verse of scripture is talking about spiritual pollution found amongst Christians.  Contamination from sin does rear its ugly head among professing Christians because no man can keep the law of God perfectly while sojourning in this ...

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Take Up Your Cross September 5th 2015

Can you see God’s supernatural power at work in this world?

And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand? (Mark 8:21 KJV)

The disciples had just witnesses a miracle.  They had been out in the middle of nowhere without any easy answers as to how to feed the large crowd of hungry people who had gathered to follow Jesus as He taught and preached to them.  The disciples became anxious at the thought of providing ...

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Take Up Your Cross September 4th 2015

Is God your faithful anchor in the storms of life?

And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? (Mark 4:39-41 ...

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