We have seen that one of the keys of the kingdom of the heavens which we can exercise is denying the self by exercising our spirit to build up the church as the Body of Christ. A second key is taking up our cross (Matt. 16:24) – willingly taking up the cross – and following the Lord. Yes, you can say that the cross is a matter of suffering, but the Lord Jesus was not “forced to suffer” but rather He chose it! This morning I was so impressed that we shouldn’t be suffering criminals bearing the cross but happy cross-bearers, those knowing Christ in His sufferings through the power of resurrection (Phil. 3:10)!
the cross being God’s will
What is the cross? Is the cross a hard situation or a difficult spouse? If we read the New Testament we will see that the cross is actually God’s will – the will of God is the cross that the Lord Jesus and we ourselves need to take up and bear. Not doing our own will but His will – this is the cross. Continue reading via,