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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Cross-filled Life

withThe first thing God asks of any believer is to offer himself or herself up as a sacrifice. And even when you say, "Yes, Lord, I will die to myself," the battle is just beginning. Sanctification, which means "increasing participation in His death," signifies that we voluntarily offer our life on the cross and throw ourselves in full dependence upon the Lord.

It took Abraham nearly a hundred years to sacrifice himself on the altar of God's perfect will.

It took Moses eighty years to reach the point where he was able to set himself aside in order for God the Father to use him to free an entire nation from slavery and death.

It took the apostle Paul fourteen or more years to reach this point after being struck down by a blinding light on the road to Damascus. He had to go to the desert of Arabia to seek God's face. He had to go through torture and disappointment. Eventually, he was able to say, "I am crucified Christ." The Holy Spirit used Paul's reckoning to touch the known world. The reverberations from his "not me, but Christ who lives in me" continue to this day.

Are you willing to nail your self, your life, and your desires to the Cross?Every man or woman who has been used mightily of God to reach others with the gospel of Jesus Christ has similar sounding testimonies of learning how to crucify themselves without regard to self-preservation or self-worth.

And it was after Kathryn Kuhlman experienced death to self and discovered the meaning of "No longer I, but Christ," that the Lord was able to shake the world through her evangelistic and healing ministry.

Jesus said, "He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal" (John 12:25). How do you hate your life? You die daily. You sacrifice all to Him.

You say you want abundant life? You say you want to be victorious? You can't wait to be used of God? Are you willing to nail your self, your life, and your desires to the Cross?

Jesus paid the price on the cross of Calvary so that you and your family could live victoriously; but before you can live, you must die to self and the things of the world. Today, Jesus says, "Follow me." That path goes to the Cross. He offers the power to shake your world with the life-changing and miracle-working gospel. Only death to self will access this kind of power.

Satan wants you to live a crossless life, which advertises adventure and happiness, yet leads to an empty, pointless existence, and death. Jesus offers the Cross-filled life, which begins with death to self, then leads to abundance, glorious living, and victory in every area of your life, plus an eternity with the Father.

The choices we make, taking up our cross and following Him, will make the difference for all eternity

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