Friday, April 16 NL | BR

Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me. – Matthew 16:24

Jesus said that we should not only follow Him, but also carry our cross. The Bible also tells us that we cannot carry our cross alone.

Jesus first fought a tough battle against the powers of the evil one and His sweat became like blood. He was then imprisoned, sentenced, beaten and spat what caused him to lose much blood. A crown of thorns was also placed on His head. He could no longer hold it and succumbed.

Yet most of the time, Jesus must have been carrying the cross, for John 19:17 says: ‘Jesus carried His own cross.’ Is Jesus asking for something impossible when He asks us to take up our cross?

The Lord Jesus knows our pain, our helplessness and our despair when we carry our cross, because He has also carried a cross. Hebrews 4:15 says that He empathizes with us.

Your own strength

Why then does Jesus ask us to take on a cross while He knows we cannot carry it? If you come to see this truth, if you come to understand this, it will free you from all your misery, pain and the feeling of being powerless. The big problem is that many Christians persist in carrying the cross alone, in their own strength.

Dear reader, God does not doubt your sincerity. Some people should stop judging themselves and thinking that they are not good enough. God knows that you want to carry your cross, but He also knows that you cannot do this without Him.

God also says to you: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit’ (Zechariah 4:6). ‘My power is made perfect in weakness’ (2 Corinthians 12:9).

The power of the Holy Spirit is your only hope to reach your final goal. To get to the point where you say: ‘Lord, help me. I cannot do it by myself. My own self dies today.’ You will then finally achieve what God wants to accomplish in your life; and that is for your own self to be crucified.

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