Today I just wanted to talk to you about who you are, and the plan God has for your life! As I showered this morning and had a gospel mix playing...the overwhelming SPIRIT OF GOD just made HIS presence known. What went from some very "bad" shower singing, turned into full out Holy Ghost praying in the spirit. For me I have come to RECOGNIZE these are the moments when He wants to teach me something, remind me of something, basically BLESS ME, with His wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. So as I stood there I could here the Lord asking me if I truly understood what He meant when He said: "If any person wills to come after ME, let him DENY himself [disown himself, forget, lose sight of himself and his OWN INTERESTS, refuse and give up himself] and TAKE UP HIS CROSS DAILY and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also]." (Luke 9:23 AMP)
Well we all know that when the Lord asks you a question, it's mostly rhetorical, because He already knows the answer..lol. So I simply waited for Him to explain.
Let me explain first what YOUR cross is...it's the plan, the course, THE DESTINY, that God has for your life. It's knowing why you were created, and being completely sold out to that PURPOSE. See when Christ was born, who He was, and what He was born in the earth to do..never took a back seat to His own plans, or decisions to become something else, do something else, but rather to do, say, and BE what He was created to be. It was the ONLY WAY to bring Glory to the Father's name. (PRAISE DANCE)
See when the person who created the first cell phone, he created it to be able to do certain things...it embodied certain ummm gifts if you will, and it's number one function was to place phone calls without being attached to a chord, or land-line of some kind. That cell phone is functioning at it's best when it was being used according to it's purpose, or as it walked out the plan in which it was created for. Now although that MAIN purpose has been expounded, it does NOT TAKE AWAY from it's foundational use...TO MAKE PHONE CALLS from anywhere.
When have been given a CROSS to walk with, and in order for us to carry this thing, we must KNOW THE ONE WHO GAVE it to us, and we must DENY ourselves! Give up our own ideas of what our lives should be, and instead accept the life GOD has given us. I have come to understand tthat when we begin to make decisions (without the input of the Holy Spirit) about what we should be doing, it tends to stray far away from God's plan..mainly because we see how insurmountable that plan is. We see no light at the end of the tunnel! We have no idea how this can happen, so we tend to SETTLE for our own plan..cause hey we can at least SEE OR IMAGINE how it can be done. But I'm hear to say that type of thinking, and speech is for COWARDS! Let me tell you who God created...CONQUERORS!
THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS: We are more than conquerors...willing to take up our cross and walk daily into the destiny that the Father has mapped out for us. No matter where the road leads, we go willing with the Holy Spirit as the driver...(hey do you think that after fasting for 40days/nights that the first place Christ wanted to be led to was the desert to have an interaction with Satan? Luke 4), absolutely not..he would have rather eaten..but He understood the CROSS He had been given.
So I challenge you this week to find out what is the Cross (purpose) you have been given! Stay away from other people's crosses/purpose/lanes..YOU WERE NOT CREATED TO WALK IT!