taking-up-your-cross

Luke 9:23 (NLT)
23 Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.

Click and listen to this song, my inspiration for this writing:  Devotion by Hillsong United

When your in ministry like I am, there are many times that I will feel that things aren’t going right, and that feeling just might bring me down.  Tell me if this is you?  When your just trying to please the Lord on the daily, even then things won’t go as planned, this will make you feel so down and alone at times.  In life we will try to please everyone but we will quickly realize that we can not.  Then frustration will set in and the feeling of giving up, throwing in the towel, hoisting up the white flag, or kicking the can of despair may come into mind.  The song “Devotion”, by Hillsong United, came on and the words began describing how I’m so feeling today, and at the same time it ministered to my sadden heart.  As I was in prayer the Lord put Luke 9:23 on my heart.  My life is dedicated to being the best Christ follower I can be.  I will be so honest with you, I will not always get it right, but everyday I strive to die to myself, so that God can use the broken pieces of my life for His will.  I will always strive to please God and Him only.  Because the goal is to absolutely surrender my life over to Him.  I have learned in my years of ministry that following Christ is hard but the reward is eternity.  I’m not here to live for myself, or to please others, I’m here to worship the Lord.  Today, I’m making it a point to be “Devoted” to the one who sent his Son.  “This one thought is unmistakable, I take up my cross and follow you Lord”!

Today I just want to enourage you, where every you are in ministry or just in life.  God promises to never leave us.  So Go! Tell Others About Him!  He Walks With You.

Matthew 28:19-20New Living Translation (NLT)
19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[a] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

“Devotion” Lyrics

I’ve been running, trying to be one who sees
I’ve been working, salvation out on my knees
There is nothing better than knowing
We are redeemed
I’m believing, trusting in Creative Hands,
I am praying for our world to bow to Your Plan
And this one thought is unmistakable
To take up my cross and follow You, LordWhen You stand, the tall tress and mountains bow
When You speak, the fiercest of oceans is still
And I see the sinner seek devotion
The lost become chosen, and I fall to my knees

I’m forgiven by a Saviour who did not deserve death
He was blameless and I was lost in shamefulness
I’m delivered, but it doesn’t seem right
Unless I keep my eyes focused on the Saviour who gave His life
In the middle of a world that denies it believes
It is breaking apart at the very seams
There is one thing to be alive for
And it’s to take up my cross and follow You, Lord

When You stand, the tall trees and mountains bow
When You speak, the fiercest of oceans is still
And I see the sinner seek devotion
The lost become chosen, and I fall to my knees

I will take up my cross and follow, Lord where You lead me
And I will take up my cross and follow wherever You go

When You stand, the tall trees and mountains bow
When You speak, the fiercest of oceans is still
And I see the sinner seek devotion
The lost become chosen, and I fall to my knees

Fall to my knees

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