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Empowered by Passion

Our winter days have now almost come to a close, and I’m beginning to look forward to the appearances of spring. As I embrace the new season, my mind reflects on one of the most, if not THE most significant holiday ever, Easter. I am forever grateful for the compassion that held my savior to that cross. All that I am and ever hoped to be is because of what took place all those years ago on Calvary.

All roads lead to Calvary…

Everything in the Word either points to Calvary, is at Calvary, or looks back to Calvary. It is the place where Christ gave up His life in such an excruciating way it’s hard to comprehend the magnitude of His pain and suffering. He endured the torture of the cross because He desired to be with us so badly. He loved us in a way we will never be loved by anyone else.

Just imagine Him being nailed to that tree yet seeing each one of us, our children, grandchildren, etc. He saw every mistake you and I would ever make. And every curse that would keep us bound was nailed to that cross with Christ. Oh yes! He settled the sin issue forever right there on Calvary.

Now, take a moment to imagine the grief of those who walked alongside Him; His disciples. They saw His miracles, they experienced His power, and received from His wisdom. And now the one they looked to for everything was crucified and buried in a borrowed tomb. They were devastated and confused; hopeless and deserted. This just didn’t make any sense to them. How could Christ who had done so much good, die surrounded by so much evil?

Everyone at some point or another has been confused during their walk with God…

They had given up everything to follow this man they called Jesus. He was their mentor; their hope and now in their eyes, He was defeated. All of the naysayers, their friends, neighbors, and relatives, are ridiculing them for ever believing He was the Messiah in the first place. This turn of events had them completely bewildered. They went into hiding. Fear, discouragement, intimidation and disappointment had gripped their hearts. Sound familiar? Of course it does, we’ve all been there. Perhaps you forsook all to follow a vision that seemed to have fallen to the ground. Or maybe you’ve experienced a great loss. No matter the challenge, you may have felt it contradicted the promise that had been spoken over your life. From time to time, you will find yourself not knowing what to do or where to turn. Aren’t you glad to know, that in spite of what it looks like, God has not abandoned you.

Without fail Jesus rose and returned to the disciples to assure them that He was everything that He said He was, and that nothing He’d been through changed what He said. More than anything, He wanted them to know it had been worth it all. He defined His sacrifice at Calvary to the disciples as, His passion.

The passion to lay down His life, and ultimately the passion to get up again…

You see without passion you won’t have what it takes to get back up again when life knocks you down. Everybody doesn’t have it and everybody doesn’t understand it, but if it ever gets down inside of you it will help you handle everything life throws at you. Whatever you want from God, you have to want it until it hurts. You have to have passion enough to endure whatever pain comes your way. That’s what Christ did on Calvary.

When you can rise up and let everyone know you’re still here, that’s when you know you’ve been empowered by passion. You may have scars, but you’re still back. You may be limping, but you’re still back. Your heart may be broken, but you’re still back.
As we celebrate Resurrection Sunday this week, I challenge you to follow in the pattern Christ set before us. Don’t give up; don’t stop pursuing your purpose and destiny…be empowered by passion!

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My Cross is Killing Me

There can be no resurrection, unless there’s a crucifixion…

I think it’s safe to say that most of us think Easter Sunday is an awesome occasion, and rightfully so for many different reasons.  For some it is often associated with bunnies, baskets, new clothes, and new shoes.  For others it is about fulfilling a promise to attend a very crowded church and hear what turns out to be a very predictable message.  However, if you are a believer, you know that Easter is so much more than that.  It is the celebration of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Everything we believe hinges on the resurrection

John 3:16 tells us For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Jesus was given to us as a gift, the kind of gift that could never be purchased.

We tend to romanticize the immaculate conception and the virgin birth.  We agonize over the Calvary experience and the tomb, but that is not enough.  We must truly realize that He conquered the grave.  You must believe that He was resurrected.  He got up with victory over sin and death and you were the prize.  However, there can be no resurrection unless there is a crucifixion.

Make Calvary applicable to you

Jesus said unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.(Matt 6:24) In this passage Jesus tells His disciples that it would cost them something to follow His ministry.  It will cost you and me something as well.  Have you been willing to crucify your flesh?  Have you been willing to let some things die?  We know that Christ has been resurrected, but has He been resurrected in you?

We all have a cross to bear.  It might be marital problems, a rebellious child, financial problems, or a sickness you can’t seem to get over.  Whenever there’s an opportunity, the enemy will tell you not to put up with the situation, you don’t have to take it, etc., but the truth is…you do!

Your cross is a requirement, not an accessory

The cross is not just something you wear, it’s something you bear and you bear it on a daily basis.  It represents the area in your life that only God can heal.  The one area you can’t get together by yourself, no matter how hard you try.  It is that area of suffering that makes you want to throw in the towel and scream, “My cross is killing me,” but that’s what it’s designed to do.

Jesus never used His power to come down from the cross.  He endured because He knew that when He died, sin’s power would die in our lives.  He knew that when He got up, our hope would get up too.  He wanted us to cry out to Him knowing… we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 14:15.

Today, I pray that you begin to open the eyes of your understanding and see your cross in a new light.  I encourage you not to run from it, but to run to it.  Submit to the suffering, say “YES” in the midst of your situation, and still give God glory. When the outward man perishes, the inward man is renewed.  There are blessings, miracles and favor right over your head waiting for you to surrender all, die to your will, and say yes to His.  There’s a miracle behind your Yes!

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My Cross is Killing Me