Take Up Your Cross

Take Up Your Cross December 8th 2014

Do you have a worldly wedge or a heart shaped love for with things of God?

Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, (Philippians 3:8 KJV)

What do you hold nearest and dearest to your heart?  Is it a college education, life changing career advancement you ...

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Take Up Your Cross December 7th 2014

What did you do with the powerful message of the Truth of God?

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. (Hebrews 3:12 KJV)

There is both ignorant disbelief and willful unbelief regarding the wonderful and powerful salvation message from God.  There are individuals and groups of people who have never heard the gospel message for a small handful of reasons including the individual does not have spiritual hearing ...

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Take Up Your Cross December 6th 2014

Are you spiritually ready; anticipating Christ’s return which could happen at any time?

He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. (Revelation 22:20 KJV)

The Apostle John penned the book of Revelation directly at the inspiration of God.  John was so bowled over by the incredible things he saw as God gave him a glimpse into the third heaven that he was unable to contain his excitement; having no available descriptive words ...

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Take Up Your Cross December 5th 2014

Nothing is too hard for God!

And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:24-26 KJV)

The disciples were floored ...

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Take Up Your Cross December 4th 2014

Hope thrives in the mercies of God otherwise mankind is “cooked well done” and spiritually depleted.

It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23 KJV)

Jeremiah understood the great mercy of God first-hand and was inspired to write about a time of judgment and great mercy brought down upon God’s people.  “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not ...

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Take Up Your Cross December 3rd 2014

Does spiritually refreshing conversation flow from your lips?

The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook. (Proverbs 18:4 KJV)

I am sure you have heard sayings such as “talk is cheap” or “words are a weapon” indicating there is a power source attached to words flowing from our lips and that some words can heal and others hurt those who partake of or digest them into their ears and ...

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Take Up Your Cross December 2nd 2014

Are you captivated by Christ or tossed about in stormy seas of life?

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. (Isaiah 12:2 KJV)

“Behold God is my salvation …” This is an amazing premise which should occupy and captivate the mind of those professing to have a personal relationship with God in faith through His Son Jesus Christ.  It ...

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Take Up Your Cross December 1st 2014

Your “spiritual scent” permeates the air about you.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16 KJV)

Ashamed means to be embarrassed or self- conscious about a person, situation, or issue about you instead of being focused upon Him or “Christ conscious.”

Mankind’s best focus is to zoom in on Him. God’s opinion is ...

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Take Up Your Cross November 30th 2014

Wise people speak sparsely.

He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. (Proverbs 17:27 KJV)

The spirit and demeanor in which things are done is of the utmost importance.  A person can have a lot of things to say but say little or nothing that is useful in uplifting and forwarding the work of God.  Others use words sparingly with an attitude of meekness and lowliness that exhibit spiritual qualities mirrored ...

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Take Up Your Cross November 29th 2014

Do you keep the circle of blessing turning towards others?

I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:33-35 KJV)

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