Last night was our second official week of Salt & Light Discipleship. It was amazing. We were thrilled by our numbers considering it was right smack dab in the middle of the SuperBowl. I love how much we are loving being in His Word! His Word is POWERFUL! It's EMPOWERING! It's ENCOURAGING! It's TRANSFORMING!
If you want to follow Me, you must deny yourself the things you think you want. You must pick up your cross and follow Me.-- Matthew 16:24
I loved every part of last night, but my favorite was when we dissected Matthew 16:24. Here is how God spoke to us through collective conversation:
1-If you WANT: We have to pray and ask God to give us want-to
2-MUST deny: Denying is not optional.
3-THINK you want: How many times do we "think" we want something, only to get it and find out it doesn't satisfy our soul the way we thought it would.
4-Pick up YOUR cross: Not our children's crosses, or our husbands crosses, or our friends crosses. We can get each other back to God and through the power of the Holy Spirit we can be empowered to pick up our cross. We cannot do it in our flesh. God has to transform the way we think and THEN we can change our behavior.
Now pay attention; I am standing at the door and knocking. If any of you hear My voice and open the door, then I will come in to visit with you and to share a meal at your table, and you will be with Me.--Rev 3:20
Just ask and it will be given to you; seek after it and you will find. Continue to knock and the door will be opened for you. All who ask receive. Those who seek, find what they seek. And he who knocks, will have the door opened.-- Matthew 7:7-8
Such a sweet treat! Thank you Lynn Doto for making SUGAR-FREE muffins as I am learning how to deny my flesh. You are such a sweet gift to me.