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Carry Your Cross Like A Hero / LISA BEVERE


Matthew 16:24 says then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

It was late one night when the Holy Spirit asked to Lisa what does it mean to carry your cross. Lisa who was half asleep quickly replied it means to lay down her life.

He said no, actually deny yourself is laying down your life. What does it mean to carry your cross?

Lisa started to think that she did not know what it meant to carry her cross.

Why can't you answer me Lisa? It is an order, not an ornament.

Earlier that day, Lisa had asked on social media witht one word does the cross mean to you? She received 400 responses.

That night God asked her to get out her list, when she got to the last word she heard the Holy Spirit say "behold the cross, all that the cross provided for you is what you need to carry out into your everyday, ordinary world and you do it by following me.  

What might happen if everyday we prayed, God, may all that the cross purchased in my life gain full expression through my life as I follow you, and I carry healing, hope, freedom and forgiveness to other people.

 

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