Friday, July 30, 2021

Luke 9:51 Devotion by Stephen Taylor

Luke 9:51

As the time approached for Him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.


Sometimes, we have to fight to get to the cross. The Bible is full of verses about persevering and enduring, but the Holy Spirit brought this one to mind today. Jesus set out undeterred by the cross in front of Him. He set out with one purpose in mind, to pay our penalty and reconcile us to the Father. Jesus set out with His eyes fixed upon eternity, not on price it would cost Him. He didn’t mess around or buy time by making excuses or worrying about the pain, humiliation, or price but rather set His heart, His mind, and His eyes upon the finish line and would not be deterred.


I imagine that for most of us, the closer we got to the cross, the more the temptation would have been to call it off. To say, “Actually, I changed my mind and don’t want to go through that.” But not Jesus. He leaned into the Father, clung tighter to Him in the Spirit, and walked the only path that led to our forgiveness and freedom!


We have to be like Jesus and dig in when times get tough. We can’t let the heaviness of this life, the pain in front of or behind us, or the attacks from the enemy stop us from reaching the cross and leading others there! We are called to be warriors, not through physical violence but through spiritual warfare, and sometimes, that can mean walking through the storms of this life. But remember, we never walk through them alone! Cry out to the Lord, lean into Him, and do not fear, for our God never fails! He has given us His Son, His Spirit, His Presence, His Armor, and His Sword. So, let’s give Him our best and leave it all at the cross. Jesus did!


Deuteronomy 31:6 – “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."


2 Peter 1:3 - His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.


God bless! I love you all! Glory, Honor, and Praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ our King, and the Holy Spirit who leads us daily!




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