Grasping the Concept of the Cross
“Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain (death), and be raised the third day (resurrection).
23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.” Luke 9:22-26
In the above passage, we see Jesus speaking of His own death, burial, and resurrection. Then immediately following, Christ speaks of the daily cross necessity of those who will follow Him. Please read the passage again. His obvious inference is that those who do not lay down and lose their lives in this world for His sake, will “be cast away” and “ashamed.” Of these the Son of man will be ashamed at His soon return.
Choosing to love the LORD with all our being. This requires the living sacrifice of self – choosing the LORD Jesus over ourselves.
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40
Those who are full of self cannot love God or others as Jesus commanded (Matthew 22:37-39). Their capacity to love is being wasted on the false god of self. The cross exes out self so Christ can reign and His love will fill the heart of the disciple! Self love is not what the LORD made us for nor His intention for our lives. His stated reason for creating us is to know Him, to love and worship Him, and to humbly serve others. If you read this following passage every morning prayerfully this week, your life will change forever. Philippians 2:3-5.
Next: Admit Your Own Utter Spiritual Poverty
TODAY: We declare with Paul:
“There is NOOOO good thing in me except Christ!” … “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth NO good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” (Romans 7:18)
This is the first step to victory! Get very familiar with this truth in Romans 7:18.
Overcoming Sin Requires Surrender
Overcoming sin is a Gospel necessity and all who don’t will be damned.
THE more I let go, the freer in Christ and from sin I become! This original Gospel truth of the cross of Christ is catching on among His remnant body!
To this point, Anita Armagnac writes:
“Self effort can be idolatry; keeping self on the throne, thinking THAT will please God when in reality we find we fall again and again. It’s got to be a work of the Holy Spirit.”
Let go and let God is a Bible truth – we must LOSE our lives to gain them Jesus taught. “Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” (Luke 17:33)
The cross. Surrender is the key and that is faith – in GOD not us (Romans 4:4-5).
Overcoming Sin? Yes!
Surrender is what Jesus did at Gethsemane and that’s what made Calvary possible! Surrender IS following Christ – His pinnacle, ultimate example set forth for us (1 Peter 4:1-2). Focus on JESUS! In the Garden of Gethsemane, as the Son of God agonized, sweating blood, He cried to the Father “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” (Luke 22:42) And, while dying for our sins on that cross, Jesus cried to the Father “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.” (Luke 23:46)
See if you catch the divine Gospel prescription for overcoming sin in this 1 Peter 4 passage:
“Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.” 1 Peter 4:1-2
Jesus was submitted, surrendered to the will of His Father and so should we be.
“I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” John 5:30
If you begin to learn the daily cross – laying down your own feeble life – and saying “JESUS YOU reign in this life” …. letting go and letting God….. settling that issue every morning as you awake ….. you are going to get addicted and wonder why you didn’t obey the Savior much earlier!!!!!
WARNING: If you get this message of the cross in you, the full victory of Jesus will begin manifesting in your personal life! Don’t say you haven’t been solemnly warned! The Daily Cross: Let the Addiction Begin!
God requires and has ordained that His children walk in the full victory and yet it must and can only be done HIS way. That is the problem because most of us have been misled to believe that it’s just up to us! No! This should concern us utterly and cause a desire to search out what the LORD’s prescription is for total victory! David says He HATES “EVERY false way” and there are many false ways being peddled by the pied piper pastors today (Psalms 119:104, 128).
Are We being Foolish?
“Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” Galatians 3:3
Shall we overcome sin and Satan in the flesh? If so, why did Jesus come? (Galatians 2:20-21)
The original Gospel of the cross of Christ will no longer be withheld! God’s men are preaching it! Be gone devil! (1 Corinthians 2:2; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Galatians 6:14; Jude 3-4)
Are we being “foolish”? See Galatians 3:3 … Are we not in utter need of proclaiming …
“It’s no longer I that live but Christ! I am dead and my life is hid with Christ in God! Without JESUS I can do nothing to glorify God! I give up Father. I lay my life in Thy holy hands right this moment. Into Thy hands I commend, release, and submit my spirit, in Jesus’ name! Amen LORD!”
When you struggle with sin, being tempted as we all are, surrendering is the divine answer, not more self effort which is what has gotten us in sin instead of out of it, right?
The work of Christ in applying the cross in our lives is not a work of the flesh but rather a crucifixion of the flesh and will of man so that Christ can reign supreme (John 12:23-25; Romans 8:11-14).
The Bible prescription scares the legalist, the immature, misled believer who has been taught that through his own self-effort, trying harder, he can overcome sin. Such is a false notion saints and it’s proven in that it never has nor ever will work, right? In his blinded mind the misled believer sees surrender as justification of sin. NO, never! To please God in all things, which brings complete victory over all sin, it’s letting go so GOD can prevail in victory over sin! Faith – in CHRIST instead of self (Romans 4:4-5; Hebrews 11:6). YOU and I are no match for sin and Satan! Christ is the Victor over sin and Satan and only IN HIM are we victorious and not in our flesh or self. We must say with the angel of God “The Lord rebuke thee.” (Jude 9) We are dead with Christ and our lives are hid with Christ in God. Memorize Colossians 3:3 today!
“For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:3
Yes, the Bible says “Be ye holy; for I am holy” and so such is not nor ever will be in question. Yet, reading further, what is the biblical prescription for being holy and not mere human self-effort. Our part is to die and Jesus, the resurrection and the life, then raises up up in HIS victory! Child of God, please prayerfully catch this okay:
“Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.” 2 Corinthians 4:10-12
Make this passage (above) your spiritual meat, feeding daily on it.
“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
The Imperative of Personal Holiness
God requires personal holiness and anyone with the spot of sin will not be with Him eternally (Ephesians 5:25-27, etc.). But being spotless comes by surrender, by faith resting in Christ from our own self-effort, allowing the power of the grace (divine enablement) of Christ to hve full victory!
“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57
When it’s all said and done, it’s Jesus Christ plus nothing that equals justification and also sanctification – both of which are essential for final salvation into eternal glory!
To Be Holy, We Must Get Lost!
NOT one of us is without the daily necessity of dying! As we do Christ raises us up in HIS victory! (Colossians 3:3)
WHO is “the resurrection and the life”? Is that you, I, or is it Jesus?
“I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:” John 11:25
The resurrection life of Christ is essential to victory in our own lives and such happens only as we lay down our lives in death and burial with Him! (Romans 6:1-14; 2 Corinthians 4:10-12, etc.). God will never raise up someone who is not dead with Christ! And, the Bible says we are fools to think He would (1 Corinthians 15:36).
Lay it all Down or Lose it All
“He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” Matthew 16:24-25
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.” Mark 8:35
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” Luke 9:24
“Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” Luke 17:33
“He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.” John 12:25
Yes it’s God. Christ! He initiates and enables. We respond and as we do, the LORD Himself is works His good pleasure in our lives:
“Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12-13
Dying is not a work of the flesh…. It takes our choice …. Then “through the Spirit” of God it’s accomplished – see romans 8:13-14
Yes we make the choice daily to obey Christ in participating in co-death with Him – Romans 6:1-12; Galatians 2:20. Make these passages your spiritual meat!
It’s surrender to the Savior and not asserting self that brings God’s glory. That’s the obedience, that’s “the faith of the Son of God.” (Galatians 2:20)
this disciple (Todd) is nothing but filthy rags without Jesus today and less than the least of all sinners outside of Jesus !!! Ephesians 1:6; John 15:5
Exerting Our Energies in Surrender
“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” Hebrews 4:9-11
“REST”! OVERCOMING sin requires surrender, not more SELF-effort. Our part in labouring to enter into HIS rest (Hebrews 4:11) is surrender, not self-effort. That is a lie being peddled by many a preacher today. Beware. “Not I but Christ”! (Galatians 2:20) SELF-effort comes out of self-worship in place of SAVIOR worship. Selah. That never works nor does it bring glory to the only One who died for our sins and who alone can presently deliver us from all sin! Jesus!