Monday, March 19, 2012

The Cross and the Cup - March 19

Good morning, Lord Jesus. Help me start this day and every day embraced by the Father, centered in Christ, and filled with the Holy Spirit. ...

"James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to Him and said to Him, 'Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You.' And He said to them, 'What is it that you want Me to do for you?' And they said to Him, 'Grant us to sit, one at Your right hand and one at Your left, in Your glory.' But Jesus said to them, 'You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?' " (Mark 10:35-39)

There's something in us that drives us to seek to sit "in Your glory." We often find ourselves striving for position, struggling for place. We're full of pride and full of ourselves. And that can be true of each of us, even after we've been walking with You in the midst of us for awhile.

But in our zeal to do great things for You and think great things of ourselves, You keep pointing us to Your cross; You keep offering to us Your cup. That's where we truly die to ourselves so we can truly live for You. That's where You crucify us in our flesh and baptize us in Your fire.

There is a cross for each of us to bear and there is a cup for each of us to drink (Mark 8:34). It's along the journey toward spiritual maturity where we come to place of seeking Your glory instead of our glory, seeking Your Kingdom instead of trying to build our own kingdom. That's where You remind us, "To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.... It is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ - if, in fact, we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him" (Romans 8:6).

Lord, keep leading me to the cross and the cup by Your Spirit. Bring me to the place where I can say, "I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me" (Galatians 2:19-20). In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays

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We're very excited to be speaking and ministering on inner healing, deliverance, and prophetic ministry next Monday Night 3/19 in the Partner's Lounge at MorningStar in Fort Mill, SC. We'll be speaking and ministering Tuesday Night 3/20 in Lexington, SC hosted at Boiling Springs UMC. Please come if you can! Click Here for Our Events Calendar

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Tommy & Sylvia Hays | Messiah Ministries