Today is Monday, 28 of March in the year 2022, and our bible verse of the day will be taken from the book of Mathew 10:38.
he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.Mathew 10:38
What the cross signifies.
And I believe all of us have the understanding that the cross our Lord Jesus Christ was talking about are the persecutions, trials, temptations, which in essence will turn out to be the test of our faith even as the scripture says in (1 Peter 1: 6-7) and (James 1: 12).
And the very purpose of these test is for us to personally go through the experiences we read about in the scriptures; since we might sometimes or probably every time be moved to doubt those things that were written down: for example; we read about how Moses struck the rock thrice because of anger, and if we have never been angered before to the extent of trying to commit a crime, we will think the bible was lying about Moses’s anger.
And that is why the scripture says that believers glory in tribulations, because they know tribulations produces perseverance; and perseverance, character, and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:3-5)
Thus we must always be glad because eventhough many are the afflictions of the righteous; the Lord delivers them out of them all. (Psalm 34:19)
No man is above temptation.
Now there is the other side of temptation that we really have to understand, and that is when the devil misleads us and we find ourselves falling into sin; thus, a Christian must never think that because he has repented, there is no way he is ever going to commit sin again. This can be termed as self-righteousness.
Peter himself had this kind of thought that was why when our Lord Jesus told him that he was going to deny him thrice that very evening he responded that he will never because he is ready to go anywhere and die with him. But when that prediction came true Peter came to realize that he is human and imperfect, and thus approached God and begged for forgiveness. (Luke 22:31-34, 54-62).
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