Discipleship, is a journey I hope you will join me on. Being transformed into the likeness of Jesus, on purpose.
Then he said to them all, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.’Luke 9:23
What does “take up his cross daily” mean? It means that when thoughts or feelings come into your mind throughout the day that are not pleasing to God, you put them to death on this inner cross. What did Jesus do? He called out to the Father.
Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their lives will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”Mark 8:34-38
Not my will, but Yours, be done.Luke 22:42
During the days of Jesus’ life on earth he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.Hebrews 5:7
Cry out to the Lord for strength. Strength to say “no” in any temptation. This is the transformation. It will get easier. As we are cleansed from the sin in our nature, the fruits of the Spirit will fill us.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.Galatians 2:20
We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.Romans 6:6
To sin. To commit sin is to consciously do something that you know goes against God’s will. This can be in word, deed, or even thought.
The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust. Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood and becomes a real killer.James 1:14-15 (The Message)
but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has been conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.James 1:14-15 (NIV)
To commit sin is to consciously do something that you know goes against God’s will and His laws. It is when you are tempted by the lusts and desires that dwell in you and you consciously agree to act on that temptation, knowing full well that it is displeasing to God. This “act on” can occur in word, deed, or thought.
Jesus was physically crucified on the cross at Calvary. Though blameless, He took upon Himself the punishment for sin, which was death, so He could pay our debts and forgive us our sin if we are willing to believe in Him and follow Him.
When we say “to be crucified with Christ” means our sin has been crucified, dead, and therefore not able to control our actions.
Whining and complaining about continuous defeat sounds so humble, but the root of it is only sin and unbelief.
We are now God’s children. We are washed clean and we are deeply loved. This is a great joy and there is absolutely nothing holding us back from God’s great plans, except our own childishness or selfishness.