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Carrying The Cross

  • He called the multitude to himself with his disciples, and said to them, 'Whoever wants to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.' Mark 8:34 WEB

    If you will just keep following Jesus one day at a time, no power on earth can stop you because the Father is mightier than all. He created the universe, the earth, the stars, as well as us. He is not called 'The Almighty' for nothing (El Shaddai Job 11:7). No one can take us out of His hand (John 10:28).

    It is when we choose to follow our own path that we get into trouble. We sometimes follow the 'I did it my way' path and like Eve, we follow the lust of our flesh: 'I know that He said not to, but I want it. I really want it!' Sometimes our own traditions render the word of God void in our life (Mark 7:13).

    Taking up your cross daily and following Jesus is not an easy task (Luke 9:23). That is why Paul wrote 'I die daily' (1Corinthians 15:31). All day long we have to make small course corrections, because once the mind slips into the gutter, our body eventually follows and we get slimed.

    'But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you won't fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one other, that you may not do the things that you desire' (Galatians 5:16-17).

    Thank God there is hope for He is there to help us and guide us with His Spirit. Nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:39). Just involve God in your daily life by asking Him to be a part of it.

    When facing something difficult, stop and pray about it for a moment. You may be surprised at the results. When you fall, get back up. Take up your cross daily and have no fear of what the enemy can do to you, for we are safe in the Father's hand.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for the open door and Your welcoming arms. Please strengthen me and help me to see through Your eyes. Guide me into all that You have and share Your thoughts with me today. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

August 20, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord 

August 20, 2017
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Elena Vasquez
Elena Vasquez

Amen

August 20, 2017
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Michelle  Muff
Michelle Muff

Evil is everywhere but thanks be to God we can be saved and choose only Christ, the Holy Spirit and the love of God. It is only by leaning on Him completely that we can be saved.  Evil is covert in the articles we read, in commercials in the media in education. We must flood our souls with the opposites of these things;Christian music, praise and worship, scripture bible readings.  Then we wil find out the we are able to have more strength to choose the spirit over the flesh.  Thanks be to God we are saved. Thank you Jesus. 

August 20, 2017
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Praise Him!  Alleluhjah!

August 20, 2017
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

August 20, 2017
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

This is not always clear about the path we should take, should we take the path of least resistance, or the path of truth. I can assure you that the truth is very important to God. So many people seek God's will as long as it goes along with their will. Try letting God be in charge, He has been at this a long time and He knows what is right!

August 20, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen Jim.

August 20, 2017
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for the open door and Your welcoming arms. Please strengthen me and help me to see through Your eyes. Guide me into all that You have and share Your thoughts with me today. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Thank you Amen

August 20, 2017
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Nichole Richardson
Nichole Richardson

Amen!

Continue to guide me and lead me through your vision and not my own..

August 20, 2017
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

amen

August 20, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

August 20, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!!

August 20, 2017
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Guide me oh Lord and keep me save from all temptations,Amen.

August 20, 2017
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Thank You Lord!

August 20, 2017
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Obioma Ukegbu
Obioma Ukegbuedited: August 20, 2017

Carrying his cross is not grievious because Matt. 6:33 admonishes us to do so and what others are dying for will be sellflessly be added to us. Thank you sir for this eye-opening message.

August 20, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

August 20, 2017
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Thank you dear Heavenly Father for the eternal security and safety that I have in Thee. No one and nothing can plug me out of Your hand. As I walk through the up's and down's in life, including valley's, you are right there, what a comfort and what a blessing. I love you Lord, and in the name of Jesus Christ I ask and pray, and start this day and this week. Amen!

August 20, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for the open door and Your welcoming arms. Please strengthen me and help me to see through Your eyes. Guide me into all that You have and share Your thoughts with me today. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. <3

 

 

Thanks Pastor Dion for your devotion today. :-)

August 20, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks for this Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father I thank You for the open door and Your welcoming arms. Please strengthen me and help me to see through Your eyes. Guide me into all that You have and share Your thoughts with me today. In the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

August 21, 2017
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

Amen!

August 21, 2017
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amen

August 21, 2017