“If anyone would come after me let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me”(Luke 9:23)
Good morning everyone and welcome to the weekend! Not gonna lie its been a hard week. Work has been crazy, my diet has been all over the board, and half the family is sick (to which I ask for your prayers because as we all know, this guy doesn’t handle sickness very well). In any case, we made it right? God is good and will always be there for us and never forsake us!
I titled this entry “Daily Transformation” because over the course of my social media growth, I have seen this disturbing trend that you only repent and ask forgiveness of your sins once. Before you all send the hate mail, please know I am not talking about Salvation. I believe with all my heart that if you have TRULY accepted Christ as Savior and asked Him to come into your life and pay the fee for your sins, then you are saved; period. Nothing can now destroy that relationship.
What I am talking about is our growth. Many feel that your initial act of repentance only happens once. That when you are saved this magic cloud comes upon you and you will never sin again. FALSE. Only ONE human ever walked or will ever walk on this planet without sin and I promise you its not you; and its surely not me, only Jesus Christ can make that claim. That is why Paul spoke the above message so clearly; once again..
If anyone would come after me let him deny himself, take up his cross DAILY, and follow me(Luke 9:23)
Daily, Daily, Daily. Did you catch that? Daily. We must take up our Cross DAILY and follow Him. What do we think picking up that Cross means? It means that every day no matter how great you think you are, you sin. Just by breathing the air in this world, you sin. Once you have been saved, isn’t that sin paid in full? Absolutely! Again, we are not talking about Salvation but becoming more like Christ every day. To do that we must…
- Ask God every day to fill our souls with His Spirit
- Spend time in His Word every day
- Apply (Live) what you have read in His Word, yes, every day.
The list can go on and on, however, you get the point. We know that Paul was totally sold out to God, and we can be, as well. Sin, the flesh, and this world will continually vie for our attention and demand our participation. But when we die daily (repent), we consider ourselves unable to respond to those temptations. A dead man has no personal agendas or rights. He is not tempted to sin because he is dead to everything around him.
Do we not want this type of life with Christ? We are called to more than just avoid Hell; we are called to grow and fall more in love with Jesus every day. Amen?
Have a great Saturday everyone!