To bear your own cross [stake] is to realize that when you were baptised you walked into the water and were covered completely; that was symbolic of your dying to self, and when you rose up out of the water you rose up to newness of life as a new creation in the lord Jesus, God's anointed one. Now that you are a new creation having God's Spirit in you, you are now a Temple of Yehovah individually and collectively also form a Temple of Yehovah! You are now grafted into the Commonwealth of Israel as a member of the true Israel of God - Yehovah, and as such, a member of the household of Yehovah, a member of the congregation of Yehovah and a member of the called-out Assembly of God. All of these things are the reason that we ought to bear our cross daily - which means making sure that the old self doesn't resurrect itself because we are not continually striving for perfection as defined in the scriptures as becoming more like God's anointed one, Jesus - Yehoshua! To bear our own cross [stake] means we continually, by the power of God's Spirit and the Spirit of Jesus in us, overcome the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, the pride of possessions, the attraction of the world; and we resist the allure of wicked spirit beings who would love to have us fail! That is what bearing our cross means. It is a daily, hourly, minute by minute endeavor! It is those who do so until the end that will become co-inheritors and co-rulers with the one whom God made Lord and Messiah Jesus in the coming new age! To believe that Jesus is Lord is to believe and do all that he taught us to do, all he commands us to do, which is to abide by the will of his God and our God, his Father and our Father continually, even as he did and does! So we see that baptism is where regeneration takes place, which is only the beginning, then renewal as a new creation, and finally perfection when we are resurrected to ever be with the lord Jesus when he returns!
Monday, October 28, 2019
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Serving God is the reason man was created. We serve out of the joy and gladness that we have such a loving Creator God who is toward us who are His; a true genuine Father in every sense of the word. He is longsuffering with us, patient toward us, kind toward us, always deals with us in steadfast love. He never correcting us according to the measure we deserve. He has provided for us a mediator in His beloved son Jesus, who is also our advocate before our Father God and our High Priest. We serve God not out of obligation but out of joy and thanksgiving, for all He is to us every moment of every day; with the realization that we are never alone because we are always in the presence of our God and our Father, the God and Father of our lord Jesus who serves us in so many way we do not see constantly guiding us to walk on the narrow path that leads to new age life in the coming Kingdom which he will rule over! Indeed we serve God with joy and thanksgiving for all He has been to us. May we ever do so for the ages upon ages to come and glory in His name, YaHoVaH.