"Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple." - Luke 14:27
The true Christian life, which is to be a disciple of Christ, is a life of sacrifice. This "taking up of our cross" means that we 'die' to the right to do as we please, and surrender 'unconditionally' to the Lordship of Jesus. It was on the Cross that Jesus suffered the ultimate injustice, but He did not retaliate, or ask the Father to retaliate, but rather to forgive. This is one of the most difficult tasks for any human being IF YOU ARE NOT ALLOWING THE LOVE OF Jesus flow through your heart into the lives of others.
2 Corinthians 10:1,3-5 - "I, Paul myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ....For though we live in the world we are not carrying on a worldly war, for the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle to the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience...."
STRIKING DOWN STRONGHOLDS
It is foolish to assume that our salvation experience has eliminated all the strongholds – which are still influencing our perceptions and behavior. To war effectively we must separate what is of the flesh and what is of the devil. We must make sure that the real enemy is not our own carnal nature (eg. unforgiveness). We ask ourselves “are the things that are oppressing me today the harvest of what I planted yesterday”.
PURSUING GOD'S PURPOSE FOR OUR LIFE
Nothing is to hinder the seed of DESTINY God has planted in us. We are to break out of small-mindedness, old mindsets, and human thinking and enter into the MIND AND PLANS OF GOD FOR OUR LIVES. It is only our lack of failure to obey that hinders the breakout.
I CONFESS THAT I WALK IN THE LOVE OF CHRIST FLOWING THROUGH MY HEART.
I MINISTER THE LOVE OF CHRIST TO OTHERS EVEN WHEN THEY DO NOT DESERVE IT.
I AM FULL OF MERCY, LONGSUFFERING AND SLOW TO ANGER.
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY