My Daily Death
Many times I've listened and obeyed my flesh, but the Holy Spirit convicts me to not let my flesh rule but to let the Holy Spirit to rule my flesh. Because he respects my free will; he gives me this option to die daily.
And I have been reminded; gently, to die to myself 'daily', and to pick up my cross. This means to me that I need to deny myself and my selfish desires and learnt behaviours of this world on a DAILY basis.
The Holy Spirit then quoted this verse to me:
"Then Jesus said to all of them, “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. "
I had to switch on my PC and type in these words to see which book of the Bible this verse belonged to and I found it word for word in Luke 9: 23.
He also reminded me that when anyone asks me for anything; I need to give; not for my sake; but for the sake of Jesus; being his ambassador on earth is SERIOUS business and misrepresenting him in any way births serious CONSEQUENCES. There's this spiritual ripple effect that takes place. Remembering how Ps Stewart from Freshwater Christian Church says in one of his sermons: "I may be the only 'bible', they read".
Once again, I heard this verse whispered into my ears:
" …and if someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. "