Daily Bible Podcast Day 119 – 2 Samuel 4-5, Psalm 139, Matthew 16

February 27, 2013 in Podcasts by Nathan

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Scripture:
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?'” ~Matthew 16:24-26

Observation:
This verse comes right after Peter’s trying to deny that Jesus would be crucified and Jesus’ famous “Get thee behind me, Satan” reply to him. God’s plan often runs counter to what makes sense to us. Jesus is clearly insistent that any denial of the crucifixion is of Satan.

Application:
I don’t know how often I do a good job of denying myself and taking up my cross. I’m not even sure what my cross is. There are circumstances where it’s more obvious what the sacrificial choice is, but not often enough for me to feel confident.

Prayer:
Father, help me to know better how to deny myself and follow Jesus. I will do my best to take up my cross, I just want to know what my cross is only a daily basis.

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