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Luke 9:23 “Then He said to them all: ‘If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.’ “

This has to be one of the hardest verses in the Bible to do, and do well.  This verse says that if we want to follow Jesus we must make a conscious decision to renounce our old self and instead follow the example of our crucified Christ.  And no one, including Jesus, Himself, ever said it would be easy, for there is a tremendous cost to following the Lord.  Considering it takes daily getting our priorities right and properly arranging our lives so that Jesus ranks supreme in everything we do, carrying our cross becomes a trial of faith and obedience.

Galatians 3:22 ” But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.”

We are all sinners.  We are all caught up like fish in the net called evil.  There is not one among us that is righteous…for we are all bound over to disobedience.  But we have a Savior…His name is Jesus, who came to save us from our sinful life and give us hope.  For when we put our trust in Jesus and the Good News of the Gospel…that promise spoken about in this Scripture is made alive in us…the wonderful promise of eternal life in heaven through His Son, Jesus.

James 4:13-17 ” Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s Will, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”

So many times we plan major things…making important decisions that will effect our life with little to none of God’s input first.  We make up our minds that this is how it will be…and then as almost an afterthought… we ask the Lord to bless it.  That’s kinda putting the cart before the horse don’t you think?  Making choices without God’s input and counsel first is presumptuous and says we’re trusting in ourselves…not God.

Luke 11:9 ” So I say to you; Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

This verse hinges on our faith and trust in God.  For when we ask God for something, we must trust that He’ll give us what’s the very best  according to His Will.  When we seek, we must have faith that we’ll find His perfect plan and purpose for our life.  And when we knock, we must be confident to walk through the door He opens for us.

Psalm 9:9-10 ” The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.”

Deuteronomy 33:27 goes on to assure us that, “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”  The Lord should be the very first one to turn to in times of pain and suffering, and prayer should be our first action, not an afterthought.  For there is a place of security and a sense of peace amid any turmoil…it’s found only beneath the loving and everlasting arms of Jesus.

Psalm 60:11 ” Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless.”

Psalm 146:3 puts it another way, “Don’t put your trust in mortal men who cannot save.”  Anytime we put more confidence in another human being rather than God…we’re headed for trouble.  For no matter how powerful, charismatic, or appealing someone is…they’re still a mortal being…full of a fallen nature just like us.   So we need to be very careful not to get sucked into worshiping man… and not God.  For no man can offer us deliverance from sin and eternal salvation.  Only God can do that through His Son Jesus Christ.

Deuteronomy 11: 26-28 ” See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse – the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known.”

When God created us, He didn’t build robots.  Instead, He gave us a free will to make decisions and act on them…whether wise or foolish.  But it’s also our free will that gets us into trouble most times.  We bristle at being told what to do, and obeying the rules, in our mind, is optional.  Yes, our free will can become problematic!  So in this passage, the Lord is quite concise and deliberate in His laying out of our options.  We are given the choice…the decision is ours.  Will we obey and receive a blessing, or will we rebel and experience a curse?