Death Then Life

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“Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies.” 1 Corinthians 15:36

Oh how we resist dying.  I don’t mean physical death, I mean the kind of death required to follow Jesus daily.

“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23

Do you ever find yourself wrestling with what you know God wants which directly interferes with what you want? In other words – that moment when the Lord is calling you to deny yourself?

When you want to say what shouldn’t be said…
When you want to go where you shouldn’t go…
When you want to entertain thoughts that you know are not God pleasing…
When you want to do something else other than keep that commitment…
When you want to gossip rather than keep silent…
When you want to eat more than you know is healthy…
When you want to overspend your budget…
When you want to have the last word, win the argument, share your opinion, again…
When you want to pout when things don’t go your way…
When you want to be unkind and unloving…
We all know the right thing to do and if we don’t, we know the One to ask, yet we wrestle.  We resist death. We resist denying our self. We love our selves more than we love God.  We resist the cross.

“In the long run, the pain of resisting the cross is harder to live with than the cross itself.” (i)

What we so often fail to remember, because Satan doesn’t want us to remember, is that on the other side of death is life.

“Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:11

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

Every day let’s embrace the cross in all the little details of life.  Let’s stop wrestling and allow God to accomplish His plan and purpose in our life, to make us more like Jesus.

As we become more like Christ, we will go willingly to the cross because of the joy on the other side. “for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross…” Hebrews 12:2

Look past death and the cross to the life that lies beyond.

Blessings, Diane

Diane Hunt served for 16 years on the staff of America’s Keswick until recently when she and her husband relocated to North Carolina. She now continues serving as a contributing writer and Partner Care consultant. Diane is also a Biblical Counselor, speaker, teacher, and author. She delights in the opportunities she has as a women’s conference and retreat speaker to share from God’s word.  Many of her illustrations are drawn from her relational experiences as a wife, mother, and mema. They are the very relationships that bring her the greatest joy and the most fun!

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One thought on “Death Then Life

  1. heather glashan says:

    Thank you so much, really needed this today. So many times I think, Oh its so little and insignificant, I don’t want to burden God with that. I’ll just take care of it. Or I think this is what I really want! Knowing all along, God is what I want and His will. And when I go it on my own, the shame makes it so hard & heavy to carry back to the cross! And Satan’s fiery darts do sail!
    Matthew 12:28-30
    Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and My burden is light. Amen
    I have decided to follow Jesus, but only in His Spirit & His strength!

    Prayers Love and Hugs
    Heather

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