#38 Desire is the Power to Follow

Love is the source of desire. Desire is the power to follow. So love is the thing I need…and the gift God gives. This gift He gives to the degree I ask Him for love and to the depth of my repentance. … Continue reading

#37 Only Love Will Truly Follow

Luke 9:23 NKJV If anyone desires to come after Me… Desire – the word is rich and its root is heart-deep. Follow it down to the Greek marrow and you find…love. Love is the hidden strength of desire for Christ. Love … Continue reading

#36 Who Will Follow Christ?

Luke 9:23 NASB  If anyone wishes to come after Me… AMPC  If any person wills to come after Me… The Greek word for ‘wishes’ and ‘wills’ means “to determine, an act from subjective impulse (a desire that is personal, a heart … Continue reading

#35 The ‘IF’ of Following Jesus

Jesus had fed the 4,000. Peter revealed his revelation of Jesus as the “Christ of God.” To the disciples, Jesus described His suffering and it seems to be then that He addressed the crowd: And He said to them all, … Continue reading

#34 Jesus Said, Deny Self

The Bible contains a phenomenal consistency. The Holy Spirit says the same thing in various ways, imagery and words. Luke 9:23 And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up … Continue reading

#33 The Fact of Having Died in Christ

Romans 6:6 AMPC We know that our old (unrenewed) self was nailed to the cross with Him… We know! That is the problem. Do we KNOW? The solution is fantastic! The sinner that is ‘me’ died 2000 years ago – before I … Continue reading

#32 The Fact of Salvation

Romans 8:3-4a AMPC “Are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death…” In this age, we … Continue reading

#31 Cemented Sin, A Garment Only

Colossians 3:9 AMPC …you have stripped off the old (unregenerate) self with its evil practices… Ephesians 4:22 AMPC Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self]… Paul writes about this terrible nature, cemented in us, as … Continue reading

#30 One Problem, Not Many

We do not have a problem with anger. Anger lives as an aspect of the old nature. We do not have a problem with lust. We are simply living in the old nature, the SIN nature. We are not merely … Continue reading

#29 Free of the Incessant Sin

Colossians 3:5, 8 AMPC So kill (deaden, deprive of power) the evil desire lurking in your members…sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry (the deifying of self and other created things instead … Continue reading

#28 The Perfecting of the Saints

How we settle for so much less than God has offered and to which He has called us! It is hard to take in the wonder of His goal for each believer: That we would manifest the very person of … Continue reading

#27 The Fullness of Christ

In Ephesians 4, before Paul says lay aside the old self, he creates a standard, a goal – a GLORIOUS REASON to discard the old nature: “…until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of … Continue reading

#26 Belong is the Word

Galatians 5:24 AMPC And those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the flesh (the godless human nature) with its passions and appetites and desires. Belong… If you are Christ’s, if you are His ‘property’ and He your … Continue reading

#25 That I May Gain Christ

The very things Paul gave up, he then possessed richly in Christ. His position in the religious world became a position in eternity. His knowledge of the Law was lost into intimate knowledge of Christ’s purpose and plan. His strength … Continue reading

#24 Put on Fully the Glorious Christ

From his many years in the desert, taught by the Lord Himself, Paul knew how to “put off the old man” completely, not saving his “old self” in any way. By FULLY discarding even the ‘good self,’ Paul put on … Continue reading

#23 The Good Self Must Go

Paul the Apostle marches through his epistles exhibiting amazing zeal and a fierce endurance by the very character of Christ. He shows the way to possess Him. His own example is a stirring road map. Paul gave up, put aside, … Continue reading

#22 Possessed by Christ Absolutely

Reading Philippians 3:4, 6-7 NASB Paul gave up his ‘good’ – his achievements, his nobility, his very knowledge – to KNOW Christ. He gave it all up to possess Him fully and to be possessed by Christ absolutely. “If anyone else has a mind … Continue reading

#21 The Victim Mentality Is Satan’s Deception

Matthew 15:19-20a NASB For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. These are the things which defile the man. What happens to us does not cause our sin. The ‘victim mentality’ is Satan’s … Continue reading

#20 Losing Our Soul-life

Matthew 16:25 NASB For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. The word ‘life’ here is the Greek psuche, meaning soul. It is our soul-life we must … Continue reading

#19 Whoever Loses Their Life for Him

Mark 8:35 NIV For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for Me and for the gospel will save it. The word life here in the Greek is psuche, meaning soul. Soul-life is … Continue reading

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