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19
MAY

What does it mean to take up your cross?

When Jesus carried His cross up Golgotha to be crucified, no one was thinking of the cross as symbolic of a burden to carry. To a person in the first-century, the cross meant one thing and one thing only: death by the most painful and humiliating means human beings could develop.

Two thousand years later, Christians view the cross as a cherished symbol of atonement, forgiveness, grace, and love. But in Jesus’ day, the cross represented nothing but torturous death. Because the Romans forced convicted criminals to carry their own crosses to the place of crucifixion, bearing a cross meant carrying their own execution device while facing ridicule along the way to death.

Therefore, “Take up your cross and follow Me” means being willing to die in order to follow Jesus. This is called “dying to self.” It’s a call to absolute surrender. After each time Jesus commanded cross bearing, He said, “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?” (Luke 9:24-25). Although the call is tough, the reward is matchless.

Wherever Jesus went, He drew crowds. Although these multitudes often followed Him as Messiah, their view of who the Messiah really was—and what He would do—was distorted. They thought the Christ would usher in the restored kingdom. They believed He would free them from the oppressive rule of their Roman occupiers. Even Christ’s own inner circle of disciples thought the kingdom was coming soon (Luke 19:11). When Jesus began teaching that He was going to die at the hands of the Jewish leaders and their Gentile overlords (Luke 9:22), His popularity sank. Many of the shocked followers rejected Him. Truly, they were not able to put to death their own ideas, plans, and desires, and exchange them for His.

Following Jesus is easy when life runs smoothly; our true commitment to Him is revealed during trials. Jesus assured us that trials w
17
MAY

Great power in prayer

James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective
15
MAY

What is my default setting?

Just before His arrest, Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane, and He said to His disciples, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41). The command came after Jesus had been praying to the Father and had found the disciples sleeping instead of praying (verses 38–40). He had admonished them to stay awake and pray with Him, but “their eyes were heavy” (verse 43), and they kept falling asleep. They slept right up until the time the armed mob came to take Jesus away (verses 45–47).

Because “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak,” the disciples were caught unawares in Gethsemane
09
MAY

Almal wat twyfel

Sing 'n nuwe lied tot eer van die Here
moenie vaskyk teen die “POTHOLES” & negatief en sinies wees nie ! Psalm 96
08
MAY

Importance of morning devotion and prayer

Mornings are an incredibly special part of our day. They are uniquely important because they signify the beginning of something new, a new day to love God greatly and do better.

While the mundane world speaks of many “morning rituals” that have no real meaning, the only real morning “ritual” is the one practiced by our Lord Jesus himself: Morning prayer.

That is because morning prayer can make all the difference. It is the most special time of day to pray, because it means that we are making God a priority and giving Him the very first hours of our precious day.
04
MAY

Dankbaarheid

FILIPPENSE 2:13-14
want dit is God wat julle gewillig en bekwaam maak om sy wil uit te voer.
Doen alles sonder kla of teëpraat.

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