A Word From
The Pastor: Dr. Timothy Nelson
"I have been crucified with Christ; it
is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the
life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in
the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
People sometimes will use the expression, "We all have
our cross to bear." But our cross to bear is not
whatever we find difficult in life. The cross to bear,
so to speak, is the same for everyone: it is dying to
Dying to self means resisting the temptation to do what
everyone else is doing when you know it is wrong. Dying
to self means forgiving instead of harboring a grudge.
Dying to self means putting down the remote control and
picking up the Bible. Dying to self means praying when
you would rather be sleeping. Dying to self means
swallowing your pride and telling someone about Jesus
Christ. Dying to self means doing what God wants you to
do rather than doing what you want to do.
Jesus said, "Whoever of you does not forsake all that
he has cannot be My disciple" (Luke 14:33). That
does not mean you must take a vow of poverty and give
every possession away to be a disciple of Jesus.
"Forsake all" literally could be translated, "Surrender
your claim to, say good-bye to." This means that true
disciples of Jesus are not possessed by their
When you die to yourself and take up the cross, you will
experience joy and an overflowing life. The apostle Paul
put it this way: "My old self has been crucified with
Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in
me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the
Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me"
If you want to be a disciple, then you must love God
more than anyone or anything else. You must deny
yourself. And you must take up the cross and follow
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