Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Week 19 - Meaning in the Cross

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"Let (the Cross) saturate your soul, let it penetrate your spirit, let it subdue your faculties, let it take the reins of all of your powers and guide you thither it will.  Let the Redeemer, he whose hands were pierced for you, sway the scepter of your spirit and rule over you this day, and world without end." - Charles Spurgeon

Before Christ's life on earth we could not approach the throne of God, but because of the Cross, we are cleansed of our sins and can personally go before God.  What keeps us from drawing near to the Cross where we can lay down our troubles, fears, and disappointments?  How often do I wear a cross as jewlry without stopping to thank God for the hope that his has given me through his sacrifice? God gave us his son to pay off our debts caused by our sins so that we may belong to God.  Belonging to God means that all we do should glorify Him, not ourselves.  Eeek!  How often do I do things for my own selfish gain? 

"There is no greater freedom than in belonging to God and no greater satisfaction than honoring God with your body." - Nancy Guthrie

The Cross does not only signify Christ's death but his resurrection through which we are given hope.  Through God's power Christ was raised and seated next to God.  
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Not only should I be praying that my entire life is centered around the cross, but I also need to intercede for those who are rejecting the cross so that they may turn their hear towards it.  Prayer can be difficult knowing how many times we have failed God that day, but that is exactly why we should go to the God.  Because of the cross we can lay down all of our failures at his feet.  May this bring us to our knees and worship our amazing God.
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