The Cross: Its Not a Heavy Load to Bear

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“That’s just his cross to bear,” I heard as I wandered into a conversation the other day that hit me like a ton of bricks!! I was at work and had just stepped into the back room and into a conversation some co-workers were having. They were talking about a man who was having an affair and was buying gifts for his mistress and being all secretive and all that… then one of them made the comment “I don’t know how he can keep doing that…” referring to carrying all the deceit and lies; she continued, “… but that’s his cross to bear.”

his cross to bear.

Those words hit me like a ton of bricks!

Yuk!

Everyone looked at me as if they could sense the wind had been knocked out of me.

Then something rose up in my spirit. Something I liken to the feeling I get when protecting my children. Instinct. Love. Compassion. Protection of something or someone I value and treasure…

Suddenly these words shot from my spirit and out of my mouth, “Well then he’s carrying the wrong cross!!” I continued, “…because the cross I carry is light! It’s covered in love and peace and joy and freedom… TRUTH! All the good fruits…”

I then made my way back out to the sales floor as I chewed on the conversation.

…his cross to bear. 

I thought about how often I have heard this statement. It’s commonly used when referring to the weight and junk of the world that we carry on our shoulders? I can understand the tendency to say this… when we think of the crucifixion we picture Jesus carrying a heavy cross on His back as He was beaten and mutilated. We then quote the scripture that says, “…If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me,” (Luke 9:23 ESV).

I love what Billy Graham says in reference to this verse, “In Jesus’ day, a cross wasn’t just a symbol of pain and suffering; it was mainly a symbol of death. What Jesus was telling them is that they needed to put to death their own plans and desires, and then turn their lives over to Him and do His will every day,” Billy Graham.

It would seem we have come to think that because Jesus carried a big heavy cross as He suffered that we are also to carry a big heavy cross and suffer and agonize daily for Jesus… but we are missing the point entirely!!!! Jesus didn’t carry that cross and suffer and die so we too would have to carry a heavy load and suffer and live in agony… NO! The opposite is actually the Truth – Jesus carried a big heavy cross, suffered and died so that we would never have to! So that we could be FREE! And have eternal life with Him! He was saving us from that very thing which we seem to put back on ourselves and we slap a label on it calling it, “the cost for following Christ”.

This doesn’t mean we are not going to face stuff in this world… In John 16 Jesus was talking to his disciples and explaining what coming. He closes His message with the following, “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world,” (John 16:33 NIV).

What it means is that we walk in what Jesus paid for. We live from a place of peace and victory knowing that the ruler of this world has no power over our lives because of what Jesus did on the cross.

Things like shame, guilt, depression, bondage, etc. have no hold on us! Jesus bore all that junk upon Himself as He was nailed to the cross!! And then that stuff died with Him when He died! And when He rose from the dead His resurrection represents the NEW LIFE we have in Christ!! Death to the filth of this world and LIFE to all the good stuff Jesus paid for – Love, Peace, Joy, Freedom, etc! All the good fruits! That is the cross I carry daily!! That is the cross I take up daily as I follow Christ as His surrendered vessel, denying myself and following Him!

I leave you with these awesome Truths from God’s Word:

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me,” Galatians 2:20 NIV

Jesus says to us, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light,” (Matthew 11:28-30 NIV).

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved, “ Ephesians 2:4-5.

Blessings!

~ Krissy

Thank you Jesus for the Cross! Thank you for what you did for us on the Cross! Thank you for baring my sin upon yourself and paying the ultimate price once and for all and taking away the sin of the world! Let me gaze ever upon you and what you have done for me! Let my gratitude never run out! I love you Lord Jesus! Amen.

THIS POST ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON NOT ALONE MINISTRIES on 12/24/14

Time for Balance – New Series

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Daily Devotional: I Am Forever – By: Sarah Young

Jesus Calling for Kids by Sarah YoungFrom Jesus Calling for Kids by Sarah Young

I Am Forever

What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? —Romans 8:31

I am with you and for you. You never have to face anything alone—ever! When you are worried, you are thinking about the things of this world—the things you can see—and you are forgetting about Me. It is easy to be distracted by what you can see, but those things are only temporary. And even though you cannot see Me, I am forever.

Getting rid of your worries is simple: Keep your thoughts on Me. Whisper My Name to remind you that I’m with you. Sing a song of praise. Tell Me that you trust Me. I will get you safely through this day and every day.

This day is a precious gift. Don’t waste it worrying about the future. Instead, unwrap the gift of today and enjoy its many blessings with Me by your side. As you open this today-gift fully, you’ll find Me!

Read on Your Own:

2 Corinthians 4:18; Genesis 16:13–14

 

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Daily Devotional: Rest in Jesus by David Jeremiah

Sanctuary by David JeremiahFrom Sanctuary by David Jeremiah

Rest in Jesus

In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. – John 16:33

When we don’t know how this is all going to work out, we have to hold tightly to the Lord Jesus Christ Himself and rest in Him. That’s the message we often find in the New Testament.

In John 16:33, Jesus said to His disciples, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Jesus had been talking about His future death, but then He said, “Don’t get caught up in that. Make sure in the midst of these tumultuous times your trust is in Me.”

When we go through a tough time, if we’ve spent any time at all in the Word of God, that tough time is like a magnet that draws us to the Lord Jesus. Nothing will happen in the future that will catch Jesus Christ by surprise. And there’s nothing that will happen that He can’t help His children work through.

So rather than spending our time trying to figure out the nuances of what will happen, we should spend at least as much time getting to know Him better.

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All About LOVE – What’s Coming In February

All About Love for Feb NAM My heart is overflowing with excitement and anticipation as we move into February – it’s “All About LOVE” – our love for our children, God’s love for us, and our love for one another!

  • Posts centered around LOVE
  • Launching the NAM Marriage category which will be kicked off by a powerful series written by my amazing husband about what it means to be Godly H.U.S.B.A.N.D.
  • An Infertility series written by NAM Contributor Laura Rouse-DeVore
  • Info on a new NAM Outreach ministry
  • TestimoniesJesus Calling PINK edition by Sarah Young
  • Awesome book giveaway – Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling Pink LOVE edition
  • and more…

After all, we love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19

Beloved, let us LOVE one another, for LOVE is from God,
and whoever LOVES has been born of God and knows God.
Anyone who does not LOVE does not know God, because God is LOVE.
~1 John 4:7-8
As we prepare our hearts to receive God’s love for us I want to leave you with the lyrics for this powerful song by Natalie Grant – ALIVE. The first line says it all… “Who but You could breath and leave a trail of galaxies and dream of me” Wow… He is the almighty creator of the universe yet He knows each one of us by name… he knew us before we were even formed in our mother’s womb… THAT IS LOVE!

Alive by Natalie Grant

Who but You, could breathe and leave a trail of galaxies, and dream of me? What kind of Love is writing my story till the end with Mercy’s pen? Only You. What kind of king would choose to wear a crown that bleeds and scars to win my heart? What kind of Love tells me I’m the reason He can’t stay inside the grave? You. Is it You? Standing here before my eyes, every part of my heart cries…

Alive! Alive! Look what Mercy’s overcome; Death has lost and Love has won. Alive! Alive!
Hallelujah, Risen Lord, the only One I fall before – I am His because He is alive.

Who could speak, and send the demons back from where they came with just one Name?
What other heart would let itself be broken every time till He healed mine?
You. Only You could turn my darkness into dawn; running right into Your arms…

Alive! Alive! Look what Mercy’s overcome; death has lost and Love has won. Alive! Alive!
Hallelujah, Risen Lord, the only One I fall before I am His because He is…

Emmanuel; the promised King. The baby who made angels sing, Son of Man who walked with us, healing, breathing in our dust.
The author of all history, the answer to all mysteries, The Lamb of God who rolled away the stone in front of every grave…

Alive! Alive! Look what Mercy’s overcome;
Death has lost and Love has won Alive! I am His because He is alive. Alive!!

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