My Daily Journal:
This may be hard. It may not be what you or I want to hear, but the fact of the matter is: What I want doesn’t really matter.
It didn’t matter when Satan tempted Adam and Eve in the garden. It didn’t matter when Satan tempted Peter.
Being a Christ-Follower means that I follow Christ. I don’t give Him my advice on how He should do things, like I somehow have a better plan than He does. He leads, I follow. That’s the deal.
It isn’t that Christ doesn’t care about what we want and the desires of our heart. He wants those things for us. He wants us to bring them to Him and lay them at His feet. But He also wants/expects us to trust Him, not argue with Him.
There are huge blessings in that trust. As Jesus points out when we follow and trust in Him, we see Him in His full glory. We experience His full power. We don’t even have to wait until after the grave to begin living in the Kingdom, it starts now… today.
He argues with Jesus (just like the saducees) telling Him He is wrong. Jesus says get behind me.
Because of love – he did not want Him to die.
When I don’t like the message that God has for me. When I am unsure or uncomfortable with my own ability, but not relying on Him
Christ bore our sins in His body on the cross so that sin is dead in us and we live in righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed
denial of earthly things – we will suffer on earth but see the glory of God first hand
It is a choice. We can choose to milk everything we can out of the meager minutes we have in this life or we can set that aside and focus on an everlasting life with Him.
Whoever loses their life for Jesus and the gospel will save it. To see the kingdom of God
What do I put above God? What am I not willing to lay down? By definition, that thing I put above the Lord.
Some look to the fall of Jerusalem and destruction of the temple as the rise of the new world order and the rise of Christianity. I think this refers to the vision of Stephen to see Christ standing at the altar of God and John seeing heaven in Revelation.