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We All Have A Cross

Minister Marienetta Williams

Hymn writer Thomas Shepherd wrote a hymn entitled, “Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone.” This song is still being sung in churches, homes, during private times on jobs, in prayer closets or just walking along the way. The song reminds us of how Jesus bore the cross for our sins and because of the BLOOD he shed, we were made free.

We are living in what the Bible refers to as perilous times, a time when men would be lovers of themselves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying the power, from such turn away. (II Timothy 3:1-5)

This scripture paints a picture of what Christians will be faced with not just outside of the faith but in the faith. Timothy was writing to the church about what would evolve in the church. We are not exempted from facing difficulty because we have confessed JESUS as our SAVIOR but know this, we are in the world but not to participate with ungodly behaviors of the world.

The Scripture says “There is no temptation taken you but such as is common to man but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above that you are able but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” This is a message of SURRENDER. Jesus did not give us life to please ourselves or anyone else for that matter but instead our whole focus must be on Him. Is Christ the master of your life? Have you put away your own plans and committed yourself to His will for your life?

Our Faith in Jesus empowers believers to be strengthened day by day to engage in spiritual warfare and come out with a praise, prayer and testimony for His glory. In Luke 9:23 Jesus said, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his CROSS daily, and follow me.”

In Jesus’ days, a CROSS wasn’t a symbol of pain and suffering, it was mainly a symbol of death. What Jesus was telling the people is that they needed put to death their own plans and desires, and then turn their lives over to Him and do His will every day. There must be a place in our hearts that says, not my will but your will be done. John said it like this, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30)

Remember, crosses come as a direct result of our commitment to follow Christ. So, just because the pressure increases does not mean He has forsaken you. Crosses must always be seen in the balance of life with Jesus Christ that has its seasons of joy, peace, love with experiences of sorrow ,pain and hate. The rewards are GREATER than the CROSSES this world can offer, if we hold out and prove FAITHFUL UNTO THE END. NO CROSS, NO CROWN.