The Important Truth You Need to Know about Carrying Your Cross

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The idea of carrying your cross to follow Jesus can be a frightening thought but there is an important truth His followers have that changes everything. #BibleStudy #JesusTruth #Faith #CountingMyBlessings #BlessingBloggers #WWGGG

I’ve stumbled over these words of Jesus more times than I’d like to admit…

If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. 

Luke 9:23

I didn’t struggle with the “follow me” part. The “give up your own way” part was harder. But the “take up your cross daily” part . . . that was hard. I could get tripped up by those words.

I didn’t want to carry my cross.

I held back a little because I was afraid that if I surrendered myself completely to God’s will, I might be asked to suffer in ways that would be too difficult to endure.

So, when problems came along, I ran to self-help books and so-called experts. Oh, I prayed and asked God to fix my problems but I lived as if it were up to me to do the fixing.

Until the Lord allowed circumstances that helped me understand that although I trusted God for my eternal future, I was denying myself the blessings He wanted me to have everyday.

Because the truth about cross-carrying is that when you and I follow Jesus and willingly give up our own way . . . He helps us carry any cross He allows.

And today, I regularly thank God for allowing the painful time that brought me to the TRUTH that I had doubted for so very long…

When you and I give up our own way, take up our cross daily, and follow Jesus, He will give us everything we need to live with the confidence that He is able and willing to give us whatever is needed every single day.

The idea of carrying your cross to follow Jesus can be a frightening thought but there is an important truth His followers have that changes everything. #BibleStudy #JesusTruth #Faith #CountingMyBlessings

A Prayer to Know and Live
the Truth of Cross Carrying

Lord, forgive me. I have listened to the world’s lies that my days and my problems are up to me. I have foolishly lived out the consequences of unwise choices of worldly “experts” rather than seeking Your will and trusting Your ways. I have foolishly denied myself Your peace and strength, choosing to live in fear and doubt.

Thank you for allowing me to see my lack of wisdom and understanding. Thank you for showing me that Your love is greater than my foolishness and Your grace is greater than my sin.

I want to fully follow You, Lord. I want to lay down my stubborn will and selfish desires. I want to SEEK You so that I might KNOW, TRUST, and OBEY Your will with confidence that You will give me everything I need for whatever cross You allow. In Jesus’ precious name, I pray. Amen.

The idea of carrying your cross to follow Jesus can be a frightening thought but there is an important truth His followers have that changes everything. #BibleStudy #JesusTruth #Faith #CountingMyBlessings #BlessingBloggers #WWGGG
Jesus will help you carry your cross!

I love the way The Message expresses this truth:

Then [Jesus] told them what they could expect for themselves: “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you?”

Luke 9:23 (MSG)

If, like me, you have struggled or are struggling with the idea of carrying your cross, know that your Savior understands. He cried out in the Garden and pleaded with the Father to remove the suffering He was about to face. Although the Father didn’t remove the suffering, He did give Him everything He needed to endure it because of His tremendous love for you and me.

If God allows us to carry a cross He will give us what we need to carry it.

On today’s note write:

I will follow Jesus and trust Him to help me carry today’s cross.

May the Lord bless you today as you follow Him.

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  1. Another beautifully written article Deb. So true. I said this very thing yesterday. Everywhere we go, these so called “experts” telling us what, when and how, when all we need is Jesus. So frustrating to see where the world has gone…as Christians today, I find, what feels like suffering, is seeing the people easily seduced by what they see and hear when it’s not Godly. I’m so thankful for your words and my desire for the Lord in turbulent times. Thank you.

    1. Thank you, Lily! I can’t imagine trying to live in all this confusion with God’s guidance and help. God bless you!

  2. Angela Cahill says:

    I love the line ‘whatever He allows, He will give us what we need to endure’. Like you said Deb, I too sometimes struggle with the ‘taking up of the cross’….the following Him is somehow easier but in my human weakness and sometimes lack of trust, I try to find my own solutions but God wants us to die unto ourselves, to totally surrender to Him. That way He can work through our struggles, equipping us with the necessary skills we need to come through. When we abandon ourselves, He helps us to carry our crosses and at the same time transforms us in ways, we never thought possible. He is the way and the truth, we don’t need to find our own way….He leads us on and teaches us at the same time. Amen! Deb your wise words today are helping me to see things differently and that we don’t need to have all the answers to our problems…wherever He leads I will follow.
    Blessings always.

    Angela – Ireland

    1. Thank you, Angela! I am blessed by your kind encouragement. I pray you have a wonderful day!

  3. Trusting that God will give me all that I need in order to bear my cross in this world.
    Blessings, Deb!

  4. Yes that’s true!
    Deb it’s not easy to give up our ways than to carrying the cross that we have, any problems and cercomstances. Coz we know that God never leave us and he knows what we need.

  5. Carrying my cross, the one (sometimes more) He’s given me is difficult at best. It usually requires that I let Him do His job.


    1. Oh, Marie! I’m sorry. Yes, our struggles are often hard but I believe God wants us to lean on Him. He allows them to be difficult enough that we need His help. I have learned so much about His grace and mercy as I’ve had to trust Him to help in times of trouble. God bless you!

  6. Rose Barnes says:

    Thank you Deb. I look forward to your posts each weekday They truly inspires me and help me in my progress to serve God more sincerely May God continue to bless you and your family richly. All the best as you devote your life to God ????????????????

    1. I’m so glad, Rose. Thank you so very much for letting me know! God bless you!

  7. Carolyn Mckinnon says:

    I am now just catching up on my emails. I came across this blog from you. I see myself I a lot of the things you have and are going through. I, like you saw for yourself, am seeing some of the same in myself, like fear of what God will ask me to give up. Thank you for your blog. You have blessed me so much. I prayed the prayer at the bottom. God bless you .

    1. Thank you so much for your kindness, Carolyn. It is a blessing to know that by God’s grace we don’t have to face our challenges alone. Thanks so much for visiting and for joining the conversation. May God bless you!