My Cross is too heavy!

If you have been a christian for any length of time you’ve read, or heard read  “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”  What if your cross is to heavy? Every time you look at it you think I can’t do it, I can’t carry it, I’m to weak and wounded.

How do we face such a situation? Believe me these situations will come, pretending they won’t is foolish.  In fact you maybe there now struggling to pick up a cross that seems to get heavier, and heavier by the second. There is an answer you know. We find it in the Life of our Lord who also had a cross to pick up. His was a literal physical weight. (Though our emotional, and physical problems can be just as heavy.)

We find the answer in a couple of different places.

First here in Luke 23:26  As they led him away, they seized Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country. They placed the cross on his back and made him carry it behind Jesus.

The second is here in Mathew 11:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Jesus couldn’t carry His cross because He was to weak and weary, so let me ask you this, why are you trying to carry yours? Jesus is our Simon of Cyrene the difference is that Simon was forced to carry the cross, and Jesus longs to carry it for you.

Why not go to Him in prayer crying out to Him when you feel the weight, and let him take it for you. Don’t try to take it back! He has strength to carry what you can’t.

One more quick thing

While writing this I remembered that David Wilkerson has already said this far better than I did so here is the link to His article.

http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/1349

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Doubt can’t kill us!

1 John 5:4 because everyone who has been fathered by God conquers the world.  This is the conquering power that has conquered the world: our faith.
I read this and was reminded of something I read last night from the puritan writer William Gurnall. This is from his book “The Christian In Complete Armour”.
Here is what he say’s about faith and doubt in the midst of trials.
“When you are in the midst of testing, do not give up in despair. Faith is a dogged grace! Unless your soul flatly denies the power of God, this courier-faith-will beat a well worn path to the throne. Doubt cripples but does not incapacitate faith. Indeed, even as you are disputing the mercy of God and questioning in your mind whether He will come to your rescue, faith will make it’s way, if haltingly into His presence. And the message it delivers will be, “If you are willing you can make me clean!””

Doubt can wound us, cripple us, and leave us battered, however it can not kill us unless we abandon the belief that God is indeed for us in-spite of what the circumstances we face seem to indicate.

The only thing that can really destroy our faith is our abandonment of God and His purposes. A real man of faith will go into the presence of God and cry out for the bread of life until he receives it. Just like this man in Jesus’ parable:

Luke 11:5 Then he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 11:6 because a friend of mine has stopped here while on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him.’ 11:7 Then he will reply from inside, ‘Do not bother me. The door is already shut, and my children and I are in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 11:8 I tell you, even though the man inside will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of the first man’s sheer persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.
11:9 “So I tell you: Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.

If you are in the midst of trials, then begin to cry out in the power that conquers the world your faith until you have your answer.
Scriptures are from the NET

God will reveal himself only to PHD’s

I don’t know about any one else, but I’m convinced that what we need more of in the Church is people that are PHD’s. Because it’s people with PHD’s that God longs to reveal himself to. You read that right. God longs for people with PHD in the church to show himself to.

People who are Poor, Hungry, and Desperate for Him!

What? not the PHD you were thinking of? Well, sorry I fooled you, but what I said is true. Consider these verses:

Matthew 5: “Blessed are the poor in spirit,

    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Isaiah 66:2 “These are the ones I look on with favor:

    those who are humble and contrite in spirit,
and who tremble at my word.

God is seeking to reveal himself in these last days, but he wants PHD’s.  He loves to meet with the poor, hungry, and the desperate.

I’m all three. What about you?

What the Bible has to say about man. The Gospel

Man was created sinless, innocent, and good.

Gen. 1:27- 2:25

Adam and Eve were created in the image of God as sinless beings. In God’s moral and natural likeness, He created them. As a result, mankind was special and unique in creation.

Gen 1:26-27

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created man in his own image,Creation of Man - Detail

in the image of God he created him;

male and female he created them.

NIV

Since God is morally perfect and he created man in His image, it is safe to say that man was created morally perfect. He had none of the moral defects that we posses today.

Man was created also in the natural likeness of God; in other words, Man has personality, intellect, selfhood, a free will, and creative abilities- all of the things that separate us from the animals.

At the end of the sixth day, God pronounced all of His creation (including man) as good.

Gen 1:31

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning — the sixth day.

NIV

(Note: When speaking of the image of God we are talking about His moral image and natural image. In no way do we want to perpetuate the heresy of Mormonism that states man was created in the physical image of God. Wherever the Scriptures use physical images to describe God such as His right arm, feathers, or wings, it is using anthropomorphisms. That is using familiar images in order to describe the indescribable.) This is a quote from “Bible Doctrines a Pentecostal Perspective.”

 As a result of being God’s special and unique creation, man was given dominion over the earth.

A little blessing from Isaiah 40

Let’s gaze upon God and wonder together at His majesty!

Isa 40:12-26

12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his handor marked off the heavens with the span of his hand? Who has gathered the dust of the earth in a measureor weighed the mountains in a balanceand the hills in scales?13 Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord,or who gave Him His counsel? 14 Who did He consult with?Who gave Him understanding and taught Him the paths of justice?Who taught Him knowledgeand showed Him the way of understanding?15 Look, the nations are like a drop in a bucket;they are considered as a speck of dust on the scales;He lifts up the islands like fine dust.16 Lebanon is not enough for fuel,or its animals enough for a burnt offering. 17 All the nations are as nothing before Him;they are considered by Himas nothingness and emptiness.

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18 Who will you compare God with?What likeness will you compare Him to? 19 To an idol?—something that a smelter casts,and a metalworker plates with goldand makes silver welds for it? 20 To one who shapes a pedestal,choosing wood that does not rot? He looks for a skilled craftsmanto set up an idol that will not fall over.
21 Do you not know? Have you not heard?Has it not been declared to youfrom the beginning?Have you not consideredthe foundations of the earth? 22 God is enthroned above the circle of the earth;its inhabitants are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like thin cloth and spreads them out like a tent to live in. 23 He reduces princes to nothing and makes the judges of the earth to be irrational.24 They are barely planted, barely sown,their stem hardly takes root in the groundwhen He blows on them and they wither,and a whirlwind carries them away like stubble.
25 “Who will you compare Me to, or who is My equal?” asks the Holy One.26 Look up and see:who created these?He brings out the starry host by number;He calls all of them by name. Because of His great power and strength,not one of them is missing.
(from Holman Christian Standard Bible® Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005 by Holman Bible Publishers.)

Laying it open

It has been a while since I last posted. No reason really except.
Lately I have felt like God had been examining me. The only way to describe it is that it’s almost like the time I was being examined for appendicitis.
I could do nothing but let the Doctor work in order to find the root cause of my symptoms. I have been doing the same with the Lord over the last few weeks.
I encourage you all to do the same. Be still before him and let the Great Physician work in you to root out the infection that is causing you problems. It may be as serious as appendicitis, or heart disease, it may be a cold. Either way, we need Him to take the scalpel of His word and do His perfect work within us. I call His word a scalpel because it is sharper than a two edged sword, and can divide bone and marrow in a precise way.
Heb 4:12-13
For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as to divide soul, spirit, joints, and marrow; it is a judge of the ideas and thoughts of the heart. 13 No creature is hidden from Him, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account.
(from Holman Christian Standard Bible® Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005 by Holman Bible Publishers.)

God’s heart and mission


While reading the Bible I realized something. Did you know that the first call to a sinner was in Genesis? Yea, Gen 3:9 “So the Lord God called out to the man and said to him, “Where are you?””
Ok, so I knew this all of the time. However, if we take another look at it, we will see that it reveals that God has a heart for the lost sinner. His desire is to see his relationship with them restored.
Perhaps, Jesus expresses it best in John 4:34 “”My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.” What is the Fathers work He was to finish? Well, Jesus answers this for us in Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost.”
The call to lost Adam in Genesis 3:9 reminded me of the parable of the lost sheep and the lost coin. Found in Luke 15. In both parables the people who have lost something search until they find it. In these parables Jesus is saying “This is what God’s heart looks like! He is looking even now for those who are separated from Him and His love”.
The Church must return to the heart, and mission of God! And that is to seek and save the lost with the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ!