Are You Bearing Your Cross?

And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:27)

The cross is a symbol of the sacrifice all Christians are required to make when forces
of evil in the world try to pull us away from obedience to the righteous laws and
commandments of God.  

Jesus´ cross was that He was required by God to condemn the evil, corrupt and
hypocritical religious leaders of Israel. They hated Him for this reason and nailed Him
to a cross for speaking the truth God required Him to speak.

The ´crosses´ of Daniel were refusing to worship the golden idol of the King of Babylon,
and refusing to stop His daily worship of the righteous God during a government imposed
ban on worship of any god other than the one the government approved.

The ´cross´ of the prophets of Israel was being hunted down and killed for exposing
and rebuking the kings and queens for their wickedness.

The ´cross´ of the early Christians was being hunted down and killed for obeying the
Gospel of Christ when the government approved church or Jewish temple called it a
crime to do so.

There are many ´crosses´ and they are always a part of the requirement of following
Jesus Christ. We are required to bear them. Most people find a reason to avoid bearing
their cross. It is natural to try to avoid suffering, but the ´born again´ person loves
God too much to deny Him for a time of suffering. The suffering for God is a sacrifice
that pleases Him and He rewards the sacrifice by drawing us closer to Him - the
ultimate reward.

The biggest ´cross´ of my life so far has been to reject the doctrine of Feminism.
The price has been huge. I´ve lost my wife, children, home, job and my freedom. I have
spent time in jail and am contantly threatened with being locked up again. I am
tormented with worry about my two daughters that I may never see again - even
though I know God can protect them better than I can.

I bear and will continue to bear this cross as long as God wants me to. It is my
sacrifice of love for Him and His commandments. I have been rewarded with having
Him draw me near. The power to endure comes from the Holy Spirit which increases
in proportion to the need we have for God´s comfort. The Holy Spirit is also called
´the comforter´, because of this reason:

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
(2 Corinthians 1:5)

In the depth of their deepest suffering and pain God´s people find themselves closest
to God. The prison door is opened, they are set free from their sins and they feel the
Holy Spirit with them.

All Christians will find their cross. The world, at some point, will try to force you to
disobey or deny God. You must not do it! You must remain faithful unto death or loose
your reward.

The Christian life is not as easy as people think it is. But why do they think it should
be easy? Because preachers of false doctrines like the Prosperity Gospel tell them so.
Did any servant of God enjoy an easy life in the Bible? If they did, then they certainly
fell into sin, like King Solomon, whose kingdom was cursed and split by God for His sins.

Even in this modern world where we have ´freedom of religion´ there is continuing
persecution of the faithful when they worship the God of righteousness. The world is
securely in the grip of Satan´s lies and will turn against the faithful without even
knowing they are doing so.

As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long;  we are accounted as sheep
for the slaughter. (Romans 8:36)

They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth
you will think that he doeth God service. (John 16:2)