Have You Died Today?

 “People walking by insulted him, shaking their heads and saying, “Ha! So you were going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, were you? Save yourself and come down from that cross! In the same way, the chief priests were making fun of him among themselves, together with the legal experts. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself.” Mark 15:29-31

Throughout Christ’s life, He was constantly tempted to reject the Cross. Satan knew that the Cross would be his ultimate defeat. Jesus could have come down from the Cross saving Himself but I doing so He would have destroyed God’s purpose to save lost mankind. Christ refused to save SELF.

The vast majority of our problems is when refuse to die to ourselves in an effort to save ourselves. The Bible tells us that:

  • “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” [Galatians 5:24]
  • “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. [Galatians 2:20]

Satan cannot touch you as long as you remain on the cross because that is where he is defeated. But when you come down from your ‘cross’ to save yourself, you are exposed to his attacks. When you demand your rights, you have come down from your cross. Many divorces are the result of one (or both) spouses coming down from their cross. Road rage is a sign of coming down from the cross. Wars happen when countries come down from their cross. Lying is often coming down from the cross to protect self. Blaming other is a coming down from your cross.

Jesus died on the Cross not only for the forgiveness of sin but also that we might live victorious.

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The Performance Trap

Though God did not originally design it this way, we live in a performance-based world. Most people (including those in the church) assume that God loves us based on how we act – that’s how everybody else loves us. God’s love for us has nothing to do with what we do.

In Luke 18, we read about a Pharisee that went about to the Temple to pray. He reminds God of all the “good” things he has done. God is not impressed! What he did was not wrong but it he did them with the wrong motive. Jesus talked about folks who did all kinds of good things but said they were “evildoers!”  (Matt. 7:23) Motive is huge with God.

We cannot do enough good works to merit God’s love. God is the one who initiates love for us.His love is not a response; it’s the way He is. God is love. So you don’t have to perform to achieve His love. He loves you unconditionally; guaranteed.