QUOTE OF THE DAY: “THE HEAVIER YOUR CROSS, THE MORE YOUR AREA OF STRENGTH DEVELOPS”
Memory Verse: “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”. Luke 9:23.
We tend to equate our cross with things like a difficult spouse, a stubborn child, a bedridden loved one, and or poverty to mention a few. These are all erroneous assumptions after all. But the cross means much more. It is God’s tool of redemption, proof of His love. To carry the cross is to take up Christ’s burden for people. Jesus said, ‘for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’ The cross you are called to carry won’t break your back; rather it will activate and develop in you areas of strength which are lying dormant or being used for less worthy purposes. When you realize this you will stop praying for a lighter cross and ask God for a stronger back.
[pullquote]To carry the cross is to take up Christ’s burden for people.[/pullquote]When a badly burnt infant dressed in funeral clothes was left to die in a field, attorney John Bentley and his wife nursed him back to health and adopted him. Today, the Bentleys oversee an orphanage. Instead of walking away, they were shouldering the cross for china’s children. Similarly, Michael Landon Jr. was 19 when he accepted Christ and started impacting Hollywood by making redemptive films instead of the usual garbage. The son of an acting legend, Landorn uniquely qualified to carry the cross for the entertainment industry.
As a matter of fact, the cross calls for dying to self-interest and crucifying the desires of your flesh so that the life of Christ can be seen in you. To be a cross (burden) carrier, you must always see and think beyond yourself and your self-centred world. Love others just as you love yourself. Always remember that helping others is helping yourself. The cross you are to carry is the burden of people that are hopelessly helpless around you.
Your life will not be barren of assistance. Your sorrow shall turn to joy. Go lend a helping hand. Enjoy your day!
DIVINE INSTRUCTION FOR THE DAY
LIFT UP YOUR TWO HANDS TO THE SKY AND PRAY FOR AN OPEN HEAVEN OVER YOUR LIFE AND FAMILY.
- Dear heavenly Father, forgive all my attitude and acts of selfishness in Jesus name.
- Put the love for others in my mind; make me a burden bearer.
- Deliver me from selfishness; let me have an encounter that will transform the way I think and live.
- Bless me with resources today that I may lift someone’s burden.
FURTHER STUDY: Luke 10:25-37.
Read the Bible through in one year: 1 Samuel Chapters 8 – 10.
Remember to further prophesy on yourself!