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DISCIPLESHIP…DON’T LET THIS BECOME A CLICHE. Discipleship provides us with the deepest, most burdensome (yes burdensome!), life changing challenge possible. Following Jesus is a hard and difficult proposition. We live in a spiritually hostile world, that opposes and stands against the morality of the Bible and some of that hostility is in our own hearts in the form of our fallen nature. [Galatians 5:17] “For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.” Yes, we’re saved, born-again and have been given a new life but we all know that inside of us there remains potential for sin. We have to fight against that and contend to make a stand for God in a sinful world. Jesus put it in no uncertain terms: [Luke 14:27, 33] “And whoever does not BEAR HIS CROSS and COME AFTER ME cannot be My disciple…So likewise, whoever of you does not FORSAKE ALL that he has cannot be My disciple.” There you have it, DISCIPLESHIP, and the challenge of following Jesus, cannot be on your terms, only on His. THERE WILL BE A CROSS TO BEAR AND THERE HAS TO BE A FORSAKING. Willingness is the key. We all have challenges and crosses to deal with in following Jesus, bear them don’t run from them. If you’re looking for the easy way in life, discipleship is not for you. There has to be a forsaking and a willingness to forsake all. Some things will have to be left behind as you follow Jesus and we must be willing to forsake whatever is necessary in the future in order to continue to follow him. ARE YOU A DISCIPLE? CONSIDER THAT TODAY…DON’T LET THE TERM BECOME A CLICHE.
Pastor Stephens

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