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What Is Our Cross to Carry?

Galatians 5:16

So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

Life ChangeIn sermons – we are often called to take up our cross and follow Jesus. We often wrestle with the question – what is our cross? We often look at the cross of Jesus – which He began to carry from time eternal. His cross to carry wasn’t just from the courtyard to Golgotha. Jesus began to carry His cross from before the creation of the world – denying Himself – His rightful place in heaven – knowing He would suffer and die at the very hands of a humanity He loved enough to die to redeem. I always stand amazed at His love for us.

So what is our cross? What is the cross we are called to carry? We often suggest that denying self is the cross we are called to carry. We often talk about mature Christians thinking more about how we can be used of God to feed the righteously hungry. We can hear sermons on carrying our cross – and feel good about our understanding of such a sermon – yet – do we really walk out that message? Do we really understand what our cross is we are called to carry? Continue reading

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The Movement of the Holy Spirit

Galatians 5:16

So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

IMG_0301We have often heard in sermons the call to take up our cross and follow Jesus. We often wrestle with the question – what is our cross?  We often look at the cross of Jesus – which He began to carry from time eternal.  His cross to carry wasn’t just from the courtyard to Golgotha.  Jesus began to carry His cross from before the creation of the world – denying Himself – His rightful place in heaven – knowing He would suffer and die at the very hands of a humanity He loved enough to die to redeem.

So what is our cross?  What is the cross we are called to carry?  We often suggest that denying self is the cross we are called to carry.  We often talk about mature Christians thinking more about how we can be used of God to feed the righteously hungry.  We can hear sermons on carrying our cross – and feel good about our understanding of such a sermon – yet – do we really walk out that message? Continue reading

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Walk By The Spirit

Galatians 5:16

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. ESV

profileOur sin nature draws us to please self – to do the things that we desire – rather than the things that God desires of us.  Battle as we might – the sin nature often wins out.  Thank God for grace.

Here is a passage where Paul describes this battle within him – within us.  Romans 7:15-20 – 15 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. ESV Continue reading

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Live By the Holy Spirit

Galatians 5:16

So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

Yesterday in worship we talked about taking our cross and following Jesus.  We wrestled with the question – what is our cross?  We looked some at the cross of Jesus – which He began to carry from time eternal.  His cross to carry wasn’t just from the courtyard to Golgotha.  Jesus began to carry His cross from before the creation of the world – denying Himself – His rightful place in heaven – knowing He would suffer and die at the very hands of a humanity He loved enough to die to redeem.

So what is your cross?  What is the cross we are called to carry?  We suggested that denying ourselves was the cross we are called to carry.  We talked about mature Christians thinking more about how they can be used of God to feed the righteously hungry.  You can hear the sermon from Sunday here if you missed it.

Our cross is to think of and love Jesus more than anything else – even family and self!  To be sold out for Jesus – on fire for Him – to experience the fire of the Holy Spirit.  We are called to deny the sinful nature that battles within us and the only way we can do this is through the Holy Spirit.

Galatians 5:16 – So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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