BEARING THE CROSS
Wed. Sept 26, 2018
(Lk 14:27) The cross symbolizes the suffering we are to endure (1 Pet 4:1-2).
Notice the word "arm". Suffering for the Lord becomes a weapon.
This connects to the context in (1 Pet 3:14) suffering for righteousness sake.
HATED BY THE WORLD
This implies the persecution and hatred the world will heap on the devoted
child of God. (Jn 15:18-21, 2 Tim 3:12) The world will not hear your message.
(Lk 6:26, Jn 4:4-6)
SUFFERING CAN BE AVOIDED
Suffering for the cross can be avoided by conforming to the world, which is
the opposite of what scripture commands (Rom 12:2). But let us remember
that doing this is declaring war on God (Jam 4:4).
THE FLESH WILL SUFFER
We suffer because our emotions are steering us the “feel good way”, while
the spirit is directing us to God’s will which doesn’t always agree with our
emotions. The cross is the only answer to being free from sin (1 Pet 4:1)
The cross symbolizes the shame you will endure (Heb 12:2-3).
-The shame people feel for you, not that you’re ashamed (Mat 27:39-44).
Do not be ashamed to suffer (2 Tim 1:16). Some will turn away from you
when you go through suffering. They will be ashamed to be counted in
your company (2 Tim 1:15)
-When you are not willing to suffer for Christ, you will be ashamed (2 Tim 1:8).
There is power on the other side of the suffering of the cross (Phi 3:10)
The cross means you realize the cost of following Christ (Lk 14:27-30).
The message of the cross is misunderstood by some, and circumvented by
those in a state of carnality (Mat 27:39-43).
THE DEVIL WANTS YOU TO AVOID THE CROSS
Peter is rebuked by Christ when trying to save him from the cross (Mat 16:21-23)