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Pick Up Your Cross DAILY
By Brian Price 11/2/2013

"23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it." - Luke 9:23-24

We read in Luke chapter 9 about the cross which we are called to bear. It is a heavy one, and it is a cross to be borne on a daily basis. Notice Jesus said, "Let him deny himself, and take up his cross DAILY, and follow me." It is a daily denial of self. The greatest enemy every man has is himself. The only one who is going to beat you down and keep you down is yourself. You must deny yourself and get back up. Thoughts, fears, and temptations can all be a manifestation of our own sinful nature. We must resist these natural tendencies and embrace the unnatural obligations to do right. And then notice that Jesus said, "For whosoever will save his life shall lose: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it." The sinful pleasures that this temporary life offer are not worth enjoying because of the eternal punishments that go along with them. Instead, the better option is give up the selfish gratifications for the eternal rewards. In 1544, a young woman named Maria Van Beckum was apprehended for her faith in Jesus Christ. She was examined and later sentenced to die by burning at the stake. Before she was murdered, she said to her fellow prisoner, "Dear sister; heaven is opened for us; for what we now suffer for a little while, we shall forever be happy with our bridegroom," (Martyr's Mirror, pg 467). Despite offers to return to her family in exchange for renouncing her faith, she chose to embrace the flames. It is written of Moses that, he "...refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season," (Heb. 11:24-25). The cross is not easy to bear, but someday we will exchange it for a crown.

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