Thursday, October 7, 2021

Mark 8 Devotions by Stephen Taylor

Mark 8:34

Then He called the crowd to Him along with His disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”


This verse is so powerful and important, but until this morning, I missed the first line and the importance of it. It says He calls both His disciples and the crowd. He is talking both to the believer and the unbeliever. Jesus is saying that it doesn’t matter if you have been with Him since the beginning or just meeting Him for the first time; pick up your cross and follow Him!


He is teaching us that you are never too new to carry your cross, and you never outgrow carrying it. What a beautiful encouragement to the new believers and a powerful reminder to the older ones!


You might ask, what does this verse even mean? Am I supposed to go out and brutally murder myself? In a sense, yes! Not a physical death, like Christ died for us, but a spiritual dying to self and living in Christ. We must put to death the burning desires that are contrary to the truth of the Word of God. We must read it and obey it to learn how to crucify it!


Jesus died in the flesh to save us from our flesh and its sinful desires; He set us free from its bondage and broke its hold on us once and for all. Christ didn’t carry His cross for fun but rather carried it to be crucified on it and carried us to victory! Thank You, Jesus!


Galatians 2:20 - My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.


God bless! I love you all, but He loves you so much more! Glory, honor, and praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ our Victorious King, and the Holy Spirit who will help us in our moments of weakness!




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