The Holy Ghost only works through the Cross of Christ!
Repentance at the Cross of Christ is our first Love, and we should never, never, leave our first Love of that Gospel Message. Whoever wants to claim themselves as being a follower of Christ must deny themselves and take up the Cross daily and follow Jesus. The same Gospel message that brings someone to the repentance of sin is the same Gospel message that enables us to abide in Christ day by day. The Holy Ghost only works through the Cross of Christ! Sin is what separates us from God, and unless we became sinless at conversion, then we need to live by the Gospel message day by day and moment by moment. Not one of us will ever be sinless until we receive our glorified body in the Kingdom of God. Christ Jesus is the only sinless person to ever live, and we need Him to abide in us daily to overcome sin. Everyday, we need to allow the Salvation Message to become the Sanctifying Message and to become Holiness within our life. The Holy Ghost only works through the Cross of Christ!
Because sin separates us from God, we need to take up the Cross daily to keep sin in remission so that we can walk daily with God. The remission of sin is only possible by the Blood shed for us on the Cross by God’s Son. Taking up the Cross daily is to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind. If we ever think that we no longer need to hear the Gospel Message after repentance, then we are making something else in our life more important than the Message of the Living God. The Holy Ghost only works through the Cross of Christ! The Salvation message is a 24 hour a day and 7 day a week process that causes us to love and respect God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The Gospel keeps in remission the sin of taking God’s name lightly. To rest in what is done for us at the Cross of Christ is to give us rest from the cares of this world, and sin can never provide that rest. Rest comes by living the Gospel Message every moment of our life. It is only by taking up the Cross daily and following Christ will we ever be able to honor and respect those in authority. The Holy Ghost only works through the Cross of Christ! We are to love and respect one another, which is not possible when we allow sin to rule over us, but only by taking up the Cross daily and following Christ.
We should never want to hurt anybody! We should never want to hurt them with words, nor hurt them emotionally, nor hurt them physically. This refers to acts of retaliation as well as more subtle acts of social exclusion and quietly ignoring their existence. There is love and room at the Cross for everyone. Every moment of our life we should want to live in the Spirit of God, which is only possible by the remission of sin, to take up the Cross daily and follow Christ. Faithfulness to our first love, which is Christ we found at the Cross on the day of repentance, should always be the source of our devotion. The Gospel Message is our first love and should be our everyday love. That is our motivation to take up our cross daily to follow Christ. The Holy Ghost only works through the Cross of Christ! Taking things that isn’t ours can be as simple as taking credit for deeds that someone else has done. Lying in order to protect worldly allegiances or to be “right” with the technological god of this world is definitely sin that separates us from the Living God. The Gospel Message of Christ giving His life for the remission of sin means that lying, taking, and coveting are no longer part of what we do. We take up the Cross daily to follow Christ. The Gospel Message is much more than Salvation, Salvation is our first love and we should never leave our first Love. Coveting the things of this world, causing us to subject ourselves to the ways of this world, and causing us to subject ourselves to the modern god of this technological age is not the Gospel. The Holy Ghost only works through the Cross of Christ!
Sin is something we overcome on a daily basis by being set apart from the world. Set apart by the Gospel Message, the Message of remission of sin through the Blood of Christ that was shed for us on the Cross. The Gospel is our first love and something we are to never leave. We don’t abandon our first Love, instead we carry it with us in everything we do. We take up the Cross everyday to follow Christ Jesus. The Holy Ghost only works through the Cross of Christ! To believe in our heart and confess with our mouth is essential at conversion, but it is just as essential everyday after that. We must believe in our heart that the Great Commission is to confess with our mouth the Message of the Cross to all the world.
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose his soul, or be cast away? For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels. But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.”