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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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Grace and wisdom to live righteously!

Scripture reading for November 8th:  1st Peter 2, Psalm 75-6, Proverbs 8

Key Scriptures:  1st Peter 2:20-24  “For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure?  But if you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.  For to this you have  been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in His steps.  He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in His mouth.  When He was reviled, he did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but continued entrusting Himself to Him who judges justly.  He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.”  

Peter commended those who were suffering for their good deeds and because of their identification with Jesus Christ.  He said that their endurance was graciously noted by God.  Why?  Because suffering believers are following Christ’s example.  He never suffered because He sinned, but because He was righteous and was identifying with us.  In Him we have the power of sin broken and ability to live and even suffer in righteousness.  His grace through the cross sets us free.

Faith Confession:  I embrace the example of Jesus Christ for the grace to suffer for doing His will and wisdom to live for righteously.

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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