I came across the following a good while back but forgot to copy who wrote it or what site it came from. I really love this and the words mean a lot.
What does it mean to take up our cross?
To take up the cross is to make a total radical commitment to God’s will for you, to be dependent upon God’s power for you, not just God’s will for your life or God’s will for your career or God’s will for your ethics or God’s will for the kind of house you buy or the kind of car you drive or what you do for your retirement or how you manage your money or what or how you do anything, as important as these things are. To take up the cross is not only about external behaviors; it is about far more than that. It is about God’s will for you—about the kind of man or woman you are becoming, not only about such deeper things as how you love your mate or how you nurture your children or how you honor your parents. No, it is even more deeply about you as a person, about your interests and your expectations and all that is in your heart. Taking up the cross is a total and radical commitment to God’s will for your heart and God’s power to overcome its interests, expectations, and demands. Author Unknown.
Isaiah 55:3 Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.
1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!
As God was molding you into what He wanted, taking the clay into His hands, every now and then a piece would fall off to the side, sometimes the piece would find its way back into the clay and sometimes it wouldn’t.
As the minutes went by and the clay was taking form, there were some things that were notable; maybe it had few things that were not just right. It may have had its imperfections but it was made by Gods hands and every one of us is very special to Him.
He loves you just as much as He loves the one before you and after you, imperfections and all.
Isaiah 64:8 We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
Psalms 100: 1-5 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.
We can work until we drop, we can buy everything there is, the newest cell phone, the newest car, the newest computer, have many degrees or certificates, have many names before and after our given name or the many other things we want or do but none of that will bring us closer to God.
God wants our heart and for us to spend time with Him, all the other stuff doesn’t IMPRESS Him, but when we give Him our time and our heart…..that moves Him, that impresses Him. Remember He knows and sees all things and He knows our heart.
Be content with who you are and instead of trying to impress man, impress God and watch how your life changes in an awesome way.
1 Peter 5:6-7 So be content with who you are and don’t put on airs.
(If you are not sure what your God given gift/gifts may be. Try reading the book “Discovering Your God Given Gifts by Don Fortune and Katie Fortune.” When you answer the questions, choose who you are now, not who you want to be. )
The Lord blessed me with a vision this morning. I was seeing it with my eyes opened.
I saw Jesus walking through a wheat field ready to be harvest. He was slowly walking, flowing through it and as He walked His hands were lightly touching the wheat.
Also as soon as I got up, which was over an hour ago, I was smelling a strong flowery type scent and still somewhat smell it, at one time it was very, very strong.
I looked up the verses with wheat/chaff and the first one I found was Matthew 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
Isaiah 40:28-31 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.
The Lord knows my needs, my thoughts, hears my prayers and He knows I will wait patently for Him. Some may get tired of waiting but I am determine to wait because I know He hears my heart and one day, some of the things I am waiting on Him for will happen. Just because it hasn’t happen yet doesn’t mean it will never happen, it just may be He has something better in mind, that I don’t know about.
What are you waiting on God for?
Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
Psalm 25:4-5 Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.