Take Up Your Cross

Take Up Your Cross July 11th 2015

God needs missionaries in churches, back yards, and across the world.

Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. (Philippians 4:15-17 KJV)

The Philippian church had ...

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Take Up Your Cross July 10th 2015

What have you placed your faith in?

Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. (Matthew 22:29 KJV)

Jesus was speaking to a sect of Sadducees.  They did not believe in a literal resurrection or in the reality of the supernatural power of God; therefore they did not believe the gospel message plainly presented in scripture of God’s Living Word.

Without believing in the resurrection of Jesus or the supernatural power ...

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Take Up Your Cross July 9th 2015

July 9 2015

Are you living in tune to the dark forces or living in the light of eternity?

And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any ...

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Take Up Your Cross July 8th 2015

God was willing to pay the price for sin.

Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance. And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it. Now this was the manner in ...

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Take Up Your Cross July 7th 2015

Today you can personally approach God through faith.

And they made upon the hems of the robe pomegranates of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and twined linen. And they made bells of pure gold, and put the bells between the pomegranates upon the hem of the robe, round about between the pomegranates; A bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate, round about the hem of the robe to minister in; as the LORD commanded Moses. (Exodus 39:24-26 KJV)

God was ...

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Take Up Your Cross July 6th 2015

Are you sowing and teaching the things of God in His Word?

And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. (2 Timothy 2:2 KJV)

This is a blueprint from God concerning discipleship.  God’s plan for teaching others the gospel message has been around since the beginning of time.  It has always been his desire that all mankind to hear the gospel ...

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Take Up Your Cross July 5th 2015

Do you exhort yourself or the goodness of God?

Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find? (Proverbs 20:6 KJV)

Many people are willing to fill your ears with how good they are, or what good things they have accomplished.  Talk is cheap and words of man fade away fast spoken without having the supernatural power of God becoming void and meaningless.  Words often fall from loose lips without any spiritual essence ...

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Take Up Your Cross July 4th 2015

Natural lusts please man; spiritual desires please God.

And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. (Galatians 5:24 KJV)

Families often have identifying markers or characteristics that weld them together.  Often siblings look similar physically to each other and to their parents.  These physical characteristics often identify family members apart from others.

Living in God’s spiritual family leaves identifying marks or spiritual features eternally stamped upon the lives of His own.  Those who profess an ...

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Take Up Your Cross July 3rd 2015

Does the failure or fall of another bring mercy or mirth to your countenance?

Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him. (Proverbs 24:17-18 KJV)

When an enemy falls or fails in a big way a natural response might be to feel satisfaction or pleasure in another man’s failure.  That kind of response does not ...

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Take Up Your Cross July 2nd 2015

God’s grace imparts spiritual gifts.

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: (Ephesians 4:11-12 KJV)

God does not have the same spiritual assignment for everyone.  He has a will and He knows exactly what job goes perfectly with your circumstance and abilities.  Often man is overwhelmed at the task God has ...

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