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<< Thursday, March 2, 2017 >>
 
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
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Psalm 1:1-4, 6 Luke 9:22-25
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WHAT IS YOUR CROSS TODAY?

 
"Jesus said to all: 'Whoever wishes to be My follower must deny His very self, take up his cross each day, and follow in My steps.' " —Luke 9:23
 

The meaning of life and of Lent is to be and make disciples for Jesus. His plan is to send us to make disciples of all nations (Mt 28:19). To be Jesus' disciples, we must do nothing less than to lose our lives for His sake (Lk 9:24). Disciples "live no longer for themselves, but for Him Who for their sakes died and was raised up" (2 Cor 5:15; see also Gal 2:20). We lose our lives and thereby save them by denying ourselves (Lk 9:23). Self-denial is done in many ways, but the key to godly self-denial and Christian discipleship is the recognition and acceptance of our daily cross (Lk 9:23).

The daily cross is:

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you recognize your daily cross for each of the first ten days of Lent. Bearing these crosses is the key to Christian self-denial and to discipleship.

 
Prayer: Father, may I be such a disciple that I will make disciples this Lent who will themselves make other disciples.
Promise: "I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life." —Dt 30:19
Praise: Dorothy's cross was her alcoholic husband, who by God's grace, she was able to love.
 
(For a related teaching, order our leaflet, A Prophetic Lent.)
 
 
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