GOSPEL OUTREACH CHURCH

Not My Cross To Bear? 7/23/17
Not My Cross To Bear? 7/23/17




Mark 10:21 (KJV)
21  Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.  

I WOKE UP (Praise The Lord for awakening AGAIN!) feeling poorly and sluggish-AGAIN!!

I have many hard decisions to make concerning my health-perhaps God is speaking to me, "PHYSICIAN, HEAL THYSELF!?"

Luke 4:23 (KJV)
23  And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.  

My tried and true friend and fellow Pastor, Steve Reeves sits at home today instead of his pulpit.

His beloved wife of many years is slowly graduating to Heaven and he is powerless to resist her calling.

There is nothing more that he can humanly or spiritually do, in fact stating, "that if it was God's will for her to be physically healed, the PRAYERS of so many would be answered!"

I had the honor of delivering food to his house last week, and simply sat with him a while:

Ezekiel 3:18 (KJV)
18  When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.  

ASTONISHED-a primitive root; to stun  (or intransitive grow numb ), i.e. devastate  or (figurative) stupefy (both usually in a passive sense) :- make amazed, be astonied, (be an) astonish (-ment), (be, bring into, unto, lay, lie, make) desolate (-ion, places), be destitute, destroy (self), (lay, lie, make) waste, wonder.
Strong's Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary.

As I sat with my friend, ASTONISHED, he softly said these words that instantly stuck in my heart:

" My wife has NEVER complained about being sick-in fact, she never talked about it.

Her attitude was:

IF THIS IS MY CROSS TO CARRY, I CARRY IT WITH HONOR!"

WE ALL HAVE OUR CROSS/CROSSES TO BEAR:

Matthew 16:24 (KJV)
 
24  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

I thought of a story I read before:

" A young man at the end of his rope groaned in distress as he prayed, "Lord, I can't go on. My cross is too heavy to bear."

"My son," the Lord replied with compassion, "if you can't bear its weight, come with me to the cross room. There you may exchange your cross for any other cross you choose."

Filled with relief, the young man sighed, "Thank you, Lord." Briskly entering the cross room, he mindlessly discarded his own cross and searched for one he'd rather carry.

He saw many other crosses, some so large the tops weren't even visible. After winding in and out of the rows of crosses, he spotted a tiny cross leaning against the far wall. "I'd like that one, Lord," he whispered.

And the Lord replied, "My son, that is the cross you brought in."

Nobody has it all!!!!

The spouse you live me, the neighbor beside you, the friend across town, has a Cross to bear!

John 21:22 (KJV)
 
22  Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that
to thee? follow thou me.  

" WHAT IS THAT TO THEE?"

THEIR Cross is NOT your Cross to bear!

Our Lord said this to His disciple Peter:

John 21:18 (KJV)
 
18  Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee
whither thou wouldest not.  

No one knows what Cross they will be entrusted to carry.

BUT, at the end of the day, may we be able to say with Patty Reeves:

" IF THIS IS MY CROSS TO CARRY, I CARRY IT WITH HONOR!"

God Bless You Today!

PASTOR DOUG

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