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Wisdom: “take up his cross and follow Me!”

Scripture reading for January 11th: Mark 8, Psalm 8, Proverbs 8

Mark 8: 34-38 “And calling the crowd to Him with His disciples, He said to them, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the Gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My Words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father will the holy angels.””

Jesus called out to the crowds and directly again to His disciples. His call was to take up their cross and follow Him. What a strange thing to ask of your followers! Carrying the instrument of their own cruel death and following Jesus would not normally be attractive. Jesus explained that loving our life here on earth would cause us to lose our relationship with Him. We would not find the way of the cross that leads to real life. Jesus explained that to lose our lives in following Him was to gain life! We must not be ashamed of Him, His death on a cross for us, or His resurrection to become our Savior! We confess our confidence by faith and take up our cross and follow Him to eternal life and victory over death!

Psalm 8:1 “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your Name in all the earth! You have set Your glory above the heavens.”

Prayer: Father God, I confess my utter dependence on You and Your way of salvation through Your Son Jesus Christ. I am not ashamed of Jesus Christ, my Lord, or of His Gospel of repentance and salvation through His sacrifice on the cross. Fill me with fresh boldness to declare the Gospel message in simplicity and in power, with conviction through the Holy Spirit, opening eyes and drawing the lost to salvation.

Proverbs 8:10-11 “Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.”

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The unashamed worker!

Scripture reading for July 6th:  Ecclesiastes 4-6, Psalm 125, 2nd Timothy 2

Key Scriptures:  2nd Timothy 2:15-19  “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the Word of Truth.  But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene.  Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened.  They are upsetting the faith of some.  But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal:  “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the Name of the Lord depart from iniquity.””

Paul encourages the younger minister, his son in the faith, to do his best to handle the Word of God rightly.  This also included living it out in his everyday life as evidenced by the instruction to stay away from irreverent babble.  Paul cited two bad examples by name, Hymenaeus and Philetus, as what to avoid.  Paul’s warning included a reference to God’s intimate knowledge of His own servants and His clear instructions to live a holy life.

Psalm 125:1  “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.”

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, help me by the Holy Spirit to rightly handle Your unchanging Word and to apply it to my life each day.  I will be a good example with Your help!

Ecclesiastes 5:10 “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.”  

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