“To the Christian, discipline means discipleship–following Jesus, with one’s self denied and one’s cross resolutely carried.” ~ Richard Taylor
You know, it seems difficult to find a “Christian” writer or leader or pastor today who will simply tell you what God’s Word says we must do – DIE! I must die so He can live – to prefer Jesus Christ above sinful self ! – “He must increase but I MUST decrease.” (John 3:30) Could this be why so many are “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power (Christ’s authority in their personal lives) thereof: from such turn away. … 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth”? (2 Timothy 3:5, 7)
Any leader who is not teaching their audiences that daily cross Christ commanded, is a cross-less counterfeit.
Although taught often and repeatedly by Christ and His holy apostles. The daily cross is a foreign object in today’s apostate church world it seems. It’s a plague to the flesh but that’s exactly what the flesh needs right? (1 Cor. 1:18)
Have we all sinned after Jesus saved us? Yes. Should we go forward continuing to sin OR should we heed and obey Christ’s command to deny and die to self?
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Romans 6:1-2
What happens when all you hear is that you MUST sin? – that you can’t help it? You begin to believe that lie and just do what is expected of you right? – you keep on living in sin. Is that what the Holy Scriptures teach us we must do?
“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15-16
“A Crucified Lord must have a Crucified Bride.” – W.B. Dunkum
All these lame, modern church counterfeits and their students tell you that you can’t overcome sin – that you are prone and forced to sin many times daily. But where’s that in God’s Word? Where did Jesus and His apostles ever say or insinuate such a concept? You see the willingly blind are misleading the willingly blind and they are therefore stuck in the ditch of sin and separation from God who is “Holy, holy, holy.” (Isaiah 6:3; Rev. 4:8)
Who’s to blame for sin? Is God to blame? Does God condone or allow His child to go on living in sin?
“Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.” James 1:13-16
According to Scripture, all sin is to be conquered by full, unreserved submission to the LORD in offering our lives a living sacrifice to Him. In fact, the only reason why the person who has been born again would have sin in his/her personal life is due to not confessing it and not truly submitting oneself to the LORD on the terms He gave us plainly gave us in His Word (Lk. 9:23-24; James 4:7). It’s only then that sin will not have dominion over us – will not dominate us (Romans 6:14), will be cleansed from our lives (2 Cor. 7:1), and will be overcome by the power of the Holy Ghost (Rom. 8:12-14) ……
There are no shortcuts – “Ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God.” Col. 3:3 …. no resurrection life – the power of God upholding and uplifting His children – can occur until there is first a dying downward (Lk. 9:23-24; Is. 37:31, etc.).
—- REMNANT SAINTS – Get This in Your Spirit. We cannot skirt this essential message and not pay dearly and eternally. The deafening silence of this foundational New Testament/Bible message – the daily cross – is in fulfillment of the last hour deceivers whom Paul told us would be the very “enemies of the cross of Christ.” – “Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. 18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) 20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” (Phil. 3:17-21)
The old man must be set aside/mortified/incapacitated and dominated by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:12-14).
That daily cross is God’s answer to a victorious life of pleasing Him and being fruitful to His glory. Perhaps the daily cross can be defined as the concept of you and I bowing out to allow the Greater One, Jesus Christ, to reign in our lives – to take the reins! It’s the only safe place …. For our whole lives ….. beginning with our thoughts and thought life. Lately, I’ve been overwhelmed at times, especially in the wee hours of the morning and there’s been a huge battle for my thoughts upon waking up each morning. This morning the Holy Ghost faithfully reminded me of the need for the Galatians 2:20 life!!!!
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
I dare you to pray this verse in the morning!
Peace flooded my soul upon the remembrance of that daily cross life Jesus has called us to. I missed His safety and was moved back into that blessed hiding place with Him!
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-4
He is so wonderful! …. Even though at times we do not see His answer coming for the problems and dilemmas in our lives …. Abraham didn’t see that sacrificial goat coming up the other side the mountain did he!!!???? (Gen. 22)
Glory to Christ Jesus!
Without Him we can do nothing and are nothing
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