Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/01/15

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

Jesus risenThen Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”    (Matt. 16:24)

When Jesus called forth His disciples they were to turn away from self and their own desires, leave their old life behind, and commit themselves completely to Him, no turning back, to follow His ways which lead to service in the Kingdom of God and eternal life.

So if we mean to follow Him, yet we fall back on our old ways or our old life; or if we take up our old habits or revisit our old sins or dwell on our old failings, then we are not following. To follow Him we must be looking ahead to where Christ is, for the old has passed away, and we are not what we were. If we intend to follow, then we must let Him lead. If He is not leading us in every aspect of our life then we are not following. We must let Christ lead if we are to follow Him.

May you surrender yourself anew each day to Christ and let Him lead you.

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