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Hello Everyone,

One thing I love about David's psalms is that through them I can sense his heart for God AND his own struggles to reconcile that love/faith with his turbulent emotions:

"Sorrow floods my heart,
when I remember
leading the worshipers
to your house. I can still
hear them shout
their joyful praises.
Why am I discouraged?
Why am I restless?
I trust you!
-Psalm 40:4-5

It's odd how you can trust God in your head and yet struggle with fear and discouragement. I think He delights when we bring our whole self to Him and lay it before Him--fears, worries, trust, faith, hopes. So glad He is big enough for all that ; )

About correction. Actually, I think I am fairly "correctable," but I struggle with the opposite. I struggle with being over-sensitive to correction or influence by the approval/opinion of men. I am prone to second-guess myself and over-analyze while struggling for excellence.

I imagine most people are of one ilk or the other---they either can't see their weaknesses and mistakes even when they are bludgeoned over the head with them OR they are sensitive to the point where they must be careful to keep their eyes on the approval of God and the grace of Christ, not on the approval of man or some kind of self-perfection.

I like simplicity of the Contemporary English Version here (though it misses the implications of leading others astray):

"Accept correction,
and you will find life;
reject correction,
and you will miss the road."
Proverbs 10:17

"Missing the road" is a great metaphor because it teases out the long-term reality of a stubborn spirit. When we miss the road, not only are we NOT on the right road, but we are cruising down the wrong one. It is a bad decision that progressively opens the door to further wrong decisions....

Hi guys!

I love the way that the scriptures throughout old and new testament coorelate so well. Just like in Leviticus and Mark it talks about holiness. Our level of holiness through God with the responsiveness and willingness of our self to "get" out of the way and allow Gods Way to carry out the diving purpose we have in our lives. And then in Mark the last verse about following Jesus and when he returns he and his holy angels of God will come for those who seek Him, that is awesome! Holy, Holy, Holy!! Love that old bible hymnal.. Also, I loved Mark 8 verse 17 and 18: "Jesus knew what they were saying, so he said, "Why are you arguing about having no bread? Don't you know or understand even yet? Are your hearts too hard to take it in? 'You have eyes-can't you see? You have ears-can't you hear? Don't you remember anything at all?"
--Doesn't that sound typical of us, as humans..here the disciples had Jesus, the Living Son of God right there in their midst and they didn't register in their head the miracles that just always "showed up" in their lives..God says that His Ways are not our ways, His Thoughts not our thoughts..we can't even imagine or fathom the possibilities that God and the windows of Heaven will open up if we just believe! Put our hope and trust in Him, the author and finisher of our faith. Wow!! God is Good!! God bless..deedee

What does it mean to take up our cross?

2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

I am being consumed by my daily hurts. Why do I forget God and let the cares of the world consume me? How can I change? I am not a young Christian but I have let life's disappointments take me down. My soul does thirst for God...but not enough.

Melanie this verse may help you.
16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;

17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.

Esther, to take up our cross, is to physically get on board with Jesus, be His disciple, walk in His shoes, so to speak on earth. What did Jesus do, well he preached the gospel to all who would listen, he healed the sick, fed all who were hungry, prayed without ceasing, faced persecution, died a sinners death and rose and defeated death on a cross. Are we going to have to face that kind of ending. Most likely, no. but I do believe when we truly get committed and on the board with Jesus, you may and will face persecution from family, friends, and such and you have to mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually, take up that cross, and follow our Lord. It sometimes is tough to be rejected and such, but the end result is beautiful! God will open up the windows of heaven and pour you out an abundant blessing that you can't contain. So take Jesus with you. Jesus said that "if you are my disciple, you must leave mother, father, sister, brother, and follow me" Luke 14:25-27. Matthew 16:25 says, For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. I hope this helps Esther, God Bless!!

This is a link to a great poem that really speaks of what it means to die to ourselves.... http://www.allaboutfollowingjesus.org/living-sacrifice.htm

Dee, Your explanation of what it means to take up your cross was great. I remember when I first fell in love with Jesus I was rebuked by family and friends, and how it was a heavy pain to carry, but how wonderfully and faithfully He came along and gave me strength, filling my life with love and hope. He wants us to carry our cross, but He will help us when we are weary.
How awesome is He who loves us!

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

Blessings, Jessica

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