I’ve heard some Christians say that ‘taking up our cross’ means we have some heavy burden to bear daily… that’s worldly wisdom to me. Jesus miracle of feeding the 5000 had just taken place, and now alone with His disciples, He asked them “Who do the multitudes say I am?” They responded ‘some say John the Baptist, others Elijah and some say you’re a prophet of old risen again.’ Then Jesus said, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter’s response “You are the Christ of God!” He warned them and told them not to tell anyone, saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised up on the third day.” This all led up to the verses in my photo. Do you think that the disciples at this time knew what Jesus was even saying to them? After all, they just boldly proclaimed and understood who He was. When Jesus went to the Garden to pray before His betrayal, He praying fervently, in much agony, to the point His sweat was as blood when it fell to the ground. He prayed “Father, if Thou are willing remove this cup from Me; but not My will, but Thy will be done”. Jesus Christ knowing not only the physical pain, but the emotional and mental anguish He would suffer as well; chose to do the Father’s will. Our daily cross to bear— surrender ourselves to our Savior and Lord, just as He said to the Father “Not my will, but thy will be done.”
C.S. Lewis said “Until you have given up your self to Him you will not have a real self.” Praying for all in the Body of Christ… ♥ Streim
For several years now I have watched and heard some of the most demonic, sensual and earthly thinking ( James 3:15) and philosophies seep gradually into many christian(?) churches in the so-called civilized countries of the world. Large parts of Europe, Australia, New Zealand– but mainly here in the USA. I could write for weeks/months about the many different worldly ‘pinches of leaven’ mixed with the True Gospel. Why would anyone add hypocrisy to the truth? Because it’s more pleasing to the flesh that way , politically correct and touches the feelings of the heart. Not a good thing for the desperately wicked heart of the natural man. I’ve written about this topic in different ways since I started blogging. I devour the Word. It is so amazing that God Almighty, Creator of ALL things, gave us desperately sinful mankind; redemption through the shed blood of His only Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And He’s shared His character to us through His breathed out 100% Holy Word. And given us the Holy Spirit to discern the Word, if we truly desire His wisdom and ask faith. (James 3:17). I just finished a month-long personal study of James. WOW!! Our glorious Father reproved, corrected and instructed me everyday.
As I prayed last night, just before settling in to rest my body, I asked our Father in the name of Jesus to please help me/ show me ; how/ where to share His amazing Glory that is found in His Word. In the middle of the night, I woke up completely and recited a verse of Scripture, then went back to sleep. Yes I was fully awake as I spoke “now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present to faultless before the Throne of Glory, to our Only Wise God and Savior be glory and majesty, dominion and power both now and forever and ever. Amen.”
Immediately when I woke up this morning, I definitely remembered it. I know it’s not verbatim for any translation I use so some of you may pooh-pooh this; but, it was not extra biblical revelation stuff or a profound prophetic event, it was simply the answer to my prayer. As I write this I’m smiling because the heretics, apostates, evil, sneaky, slimy, glittery, pleasant-sounding words that are “lies from the Deceiver himself” can not— I repeat CAN NOT draw us away from our Father and Lord Jesus, because we are promised:
Jude 24-25 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.