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Surviving At Any Cost

 

(Acts 20:24) “But I don’t place any value on my life, if only I can finish my race and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”

(Galatians 2:20) “I no longer live, but the Messiah lives in me, and the life that I am now living in this body I live by the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

(Luke 9:23-24) “Then he told all of them, ‘If anyone wants to come with me, he must deny himself, pick up his cross every day, and follow me continually, because whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.’”

 

 

 

In the world, we are taught to think of ourselves first and to survive and get to the top at any cost. However, in the Bible, Jesus clearly teaches us that the more we try to save ourselves by our own strength and our own strategy, the more we will lose whatever is precious to us.

It is God who has the ultimate power, authority, and right to give and take away from us whatever He wills when He wills. Everything He does is just, and no one can stand up to accuse Him otherwise, though many continue to do so not understanding His daily mercy upon us.

We have to surrender completely to Christ and die to our desires, passions, and what we consider valuable. Die to what we think is good or right for us. Die to want to have the last word in every conversation or discussion. Die to want to hate those that hate us and only show kindness to those that have been good to us.

Die to choose the best when given the first choice. Die to watch that movie or TV show that might affect our God-given innocence and make us numb to hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit. Basically…Die to everything we think we know, or that we can do, in order for Christ to reign in our lives as our true Master, Owner, and Lord.

In the Bible, we read about Lot, who without considering his uncle Abraham, chose the well-watered plains of Jordan when given the first choice, and eventually lost his family because of that choice. The rich young ruler could have been one of the Disciples that walked with Jesus, but he had too much to lose when asked by Jesus to let go of everything to follow Him.

If you are holding on to your cultural background, religion, or pride to acknowledge that you or your parents might be wrong about your idea of the afterlife, then you risk ending up dying in your sins and being separated from Jesus for all eternity.

 

 

(“If your number-one goal is to survive, you’re no longer free to make the right decisions. You’ll keep doing things based on what feels good or what’s acceptable to others, rather than doing what God wants you to do. Next, you’ll talk a lot about being faithful to the Church, but very little about being fruitful.” – Bob Gass)

 

 


Prayers

• Jesus, You are the Alpha and Omega, The Beginning and the End, The First and the Last.
• We surrender to Your mighty will and to Your awesome power today.
• Thank You for dying to Your will and surrendering to the will of the Father.
• We ask you for forgiveness for always looking out for our own benefit instead of Your will.
• Help us to die to our selfish desires, our pride, and all those pleasures that separate us from You.
• We want to deny ourselves, pick up the cross daily looking forward to the promises that are set before us.
• Let every one that sees us say, that we live no more, but the Messiah lives in us. We ask that our actions, words, plans, and desires will be that of Christ.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty name. Amen

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