Take Up Your Cross Daily (Luke 9:23)

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Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luk 9:23). What does it mean to take up your cross daily? I’m going to give you two interpretations and then you can choose. Interpretation #1: Jesus is preaching self-denial Following Christ is all about self-denial and going without. If you are not in the daily habit of denying your appetites and desires, you are not a real Christian. The more you deny your own needs and wants, the holier you’ll be. So fast everyday and you’ll be just like Jesus. But there's a problem with … [Read more...]

Is God Sovereign?

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A friend of mine lost several million dollars in a bad investment. He is well into his seventies and this was his retirement money, so this is a big blow. How did he lose it? Well, here’s my theory: He took some bad financial advice from a dodgy analyst and put his money where he shouldn’t have. But my friend doesn’t see it like that. He told me, “God is in control. I guess he didn’t want me to have all that money.” In other words, God is to blame for his loss. When I heard this I was too stunned to speak, but my friend was just getting warmed up. “I guess I’m a lot like Job who suffered at … [Read more...]

12 Famous Examples of Walking in the Spirit in the Bible

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The Bible describes two kinds of life and two ways to live. You are either in the flesh or in the spirit (Rm 8:9) AND you can either walk according to the flesh or according to the spirit (Gal 5:25). The sinner lives in the flesh and walks according to the flesh. The Christian is in the spirit and ideally walks after the spirit. But as we saw in a recent post, the Bible provides plenty of examples of saints walking after the flesh. In Galatia there was an entire church that did it! Walking after the old ways of the flesh is abnormal for a believer. It’s like a butterfly who thinks and acts … [Read more...]

Life Doesn’t Have the Last Word (When You’re Walking in the Spirit)

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A man, blind from birth, learns of an operation that will give him the gift of sight. Encouraged by his friends and family, he undergoes the procedure. The operation is a success and for the first time in his life he can see. However, he finds himself disoriented and confused. He recognizes nothing and is unable to process light and distance. Everything appears alien to him so he begins to walk with his eyes shut. Darkness is the world he knows and can navigate. After some time, he begins to act in every way like the blind man he used to be. Although his eyes are perfectly normal, he never … [Read more...]