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How To Take Up Cross

Who knows how to take up their cross? Do not give me biblical answers, but straight talk to me about exactly what to do?

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 ---Stephen on 3/5/07
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Obeying God even if you feel as if you might die and you know that you might. Now my friends these are tough crosses. We don't obey God just in the easy things but in the hard things as well. Everytime you keep your mouth shut when you rather argue is in the hard times. This is what taking up your cross really means. Not just "following Jesus". You can not really brag about that until you have followed Jesus right into the firey furnace.
---catherine on 9/10/07

In Jesus's day the Cross was a symbol of death. When someone saw one carrying a Cross down the street one thing was clear. That man is dying today. Taking up your cross means killing yourself. In better terms it means killing your self(flesh). When you take up your Cross you put your sinful desires to death. You crucify the old man. You deny self. You repent.
---Matthew_from_LA on 9/10/07

taking up the cross means loving others more than yourself.
---alex on 9/10/07

this means we should live pure devoted live like Jesus did. we are to spend time with God talking to Him reading the Bible but also act like He was that is spread the good news and help people, concentrate and focus our attention on people not on ourselves.
---Kasia on 3/15/07

crosses===1They who would follow Christ, must expect their cross and take it up. 2===In taking up the cross, we must follow Christ's example, and bear it as He did. 3=== It is a great encouragement to us, when we meet with crosses, that if we follow Him faithfully, He will lead us through sufferings like Him, to glory with Him. ==In 2 Tim. 2-12 God tells us those who suffers for Christ on earth shall reign with Christ in heaven.
---catherine on 3/14/07

Luke 14:27
And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
Cross doesn't mean burden. Most unbelievers believe "bear your cross" means bear your burden. It's a common misconception. The people who heard these words from Jesus knew what it meant. The cross was a sign of death in Jesus' day not a burden. Carry your cross everyday means to kill the flesh(self) everyday.
---Matthew on 3/14/07

A cross is biblically a "Burden" or daily toil we face in Life. I like this promise from Matthew 11:29;Take my yoke upon you and learn from me

Christ had the greatest Cross,taking on the Sin of our World.Learning about this, means we take our trials to Him in prayer.They become easier Day by Day!
---rosem4839 on 3/14/07

Matthew 18:32-35 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
---Exzucuh on 3/10/07

Nana & NVBarbara, I'm glad you liked my response. Thank you for your support and kind words.
---Ryan on 3/10/07

I take up the cross daily by maintaining conscious awareness of the merciful pardoning of the errors in my ways that necessitated the crucifixion of Jesus. By doing so I have become sensitive to every conviction of His Spirit. With the aid of the Father's indwelling presence I humbly yield my character, disposition & will to the Him, that I might eventually grow to the point of manifesting His perfect will for my life.
---joseph on 3/10/07

Emcee: I don't believe when you sin you lose your salvation. I believe and know for a fact our Father Himself puts you over His knee and busts your chopps. Just like you would your own child. But with the spanking there is also His loving arms that say, I did it for your own good. We spiritually grow from babies to teens to adults. Each stage has it's issues. As we grow the old nature seems to be so powerless compared to the New Nature. We learned to abide in Christ's power through love working in us.
---kathr4453 on 3/8/07

Kathrn::The statement "WHEN Christ is in You then the Holy spirit reflects His image through you"I whole heartedly agree,but what happens when we transgres as many do so frequently Daily hourly almost like a second nature .where is the device to Bolster you up& keeping you in the state of grace which is lost by a single simple Thought word or action,would that be in the category of "Follow me" The Rcc provides this Bolster by Jesus.Love your sincerity & bless you too lady
---Emcee on 3/8/07

Lovely responses all.
Ryan thank you, beautiful answer I shall commit that to memory and do my best to practice it more diligently. GBY
---NVBarbara on 3/8/07

Hi Emcee: I thought I would clarify Follow Me. I came back to do so. Emcee, so many people try to "immitate" Jesus. Galatains 2:20& 21 says, "I am Crucified with Christ, no longer I but Christ in me". We bring every thought into subjection to Jesus Christ. Emcee, James said hypocrits look in a mirror, but when they walk away they forget what manner of man they are. When Christ is IN YOU the Holy Spirit reflect His image through you. I hope that helps. God Bless!!! And, Love Ya!
---kathr4453 on 3/8/07

Kathrn::On the strength of your last postI am prompted to ask Why is it wrong to immitate?.Your previous post was {"Follow me "Matt4:19,just do that.}Now you say we should not immitate Christ.would you consider this a double standard statement?JESUS said "Be Perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect" unless you immitate Jesus in all aspects of life you will not qualify to enter as "nothing defiled enters heaven."
---Emcee on 3/8/07

Exzucuh: Excellent answer. We're not asked to "immitate" anything..When Jesus said: "follow Me", He meant it literally. We follow Him into death and resurrection life. The life we live is on the other side of the cross...the resurrection side. "Christ In You" is the Hope of Glory. Christ In You is the MYSTERY. Colossians 1.
---kathr4453 on 3/8/07

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Simply ... this means lving a life of sacrifice. Practically, you do this by being 'other oriented' ... which makes you aware of and sensitive to the needs and desires of others ... then meeting those needs and desires to the best of your ability ... even if it means sacrificing your own. Christ never owned anything ... nor did he ever do anything for personal reasons.
---Mike_P. on 3/7/07

Taking up your cross is letting Jesus live his life through you, you put yourself aside for him to live because he did that for you, this is your living sacrifice.
---Exzucuh on 3/7/07

It means accepting your burdens even when it gets tough. This is especially true when living as a Christian in a pagan world. It means choosing God over earthly temptations, obeying His commandments even when others think it is silly. It means forgiving even when you don't feel like it. And loving those who hate you.
---lorra8574 on 3/6/07

take up their cross and follow me.the cross represents crusification. our lord want us to daily crucify our flesh,the desires of the flesh,which means controlling the mind,and making the free will choice to obey him and follow his word his teaching,his truth.
---tom2 on 3/6/07

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i think it means like this:
cross is a place we nail our sins. we will die on the cross. as bible tells in Rom 7:4,we died to the laws, so i think cross means love fullfilled the laws, cross means love.we take up our cross means we take up the fullfilled laws. so, that means following the holy spirit.
finally our sins died on the cross, we got a new life.
just a thinking for sharing.
---dsda on 3/6/07

btw: to alex: we could not love others more than ourselves, we just love others as we loves ourselves. we could not give more than we have, or else, Jesus will be sold.
---dsda on 3/6/07

Dying to self is true, but to put it more specific, we must do what the Holy Spirit tells us to do, and not grieve Him. No matter what the cost, do what God says to do in His word. Don't retaliate when someone hurts you. Don't seek vengence. Turn the other cheek. Pray for your enemies. Also, you can't do any of this unless you have the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in you. You must have the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, for HE is your Power to overcome everything in life.
---donna6598 on 3/6/07

In every aspect of life,Actions thoughts words & deeds ask yourself this question"WHAT WOULD JESUS SAY OR DO" Given the same circumstances;The answer will come to you & if its a bad prompting then its from U NO WHO Satan.
---Emcee on 3/6/07

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Taking up your cross really means putting God first, people second and yourself last. Also it means being willing to die for being obedient to the Father. It means obeying God, even if it is uncomfortable, inconvenient, doing without, if it hurts, you just know it is going to do you in,It's being humbling to God's will, a whole lot of things involved in taking up your cross [dieing to the flesh.]
---catherine on 3/6/07

Jesus said "follow me". Just do that and He will lead the way!
---kathr4453 on 3/6/07

Beautiful expression "pull up your stake"! If I may say,
there are really many disciples, each Man according to
his calling and the skills of his heart. Not all should
become "Eunuchs" for the kingdom, except it be
Eunuchs to the birthing of Sin. Jesus was pleased with
Zacchaeus just on his promise to have mercy on the
poor and his commitment to "restore" to all from whom
he had gained by "false accusation".

God Bless!
---Nana on 3/5/07

You have a good point there because our Lord is a
Servant to Mankind. Now, if we serve our fellow men we
really place them before us. However it is said to us to
Love our Neighbor as Ourselves and we should also seek
the wisdom in that. God Bless!
---Nana on 3/5/07

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Stephen, I think this is an outstanding question. To me this means to reach out to the lost and dying world those that are suffering and hurting, we can only do those things we saw Jesus do, but I do not see many christians like that anymore, I am going to spend the day reading Titus, then Corinthians, then meditate on what youve asked?
---Cynthia_1 on 3/6/07

The entire time that Jesus walked this earth he knew that the cross awaited him. That did not deter his commitment to His Father and to the things that he needed to accomplish among us. Taking up your cross means to proclaim that same commitment (even unto death) to Christ.
---Brian on 3/5/07

Taking up one's cross means to follow the example of Christ. To do as Jesus would have done. To do that you must study Christ's life in the Bible and then do as He did in your own life. The command is simple: follow Me.
---Edmond on 3/5/07

This your presentation is as "straight talk" as it gets! Yet, it is
solid Gospel! God Bless!
---Nana on 3/5/07

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Taking up your cross daily means dying to self. The idea Paul is telling you is to sacrifice your flesh daily. We die to the flesh when we are reborn in the spirit this is the act of taking up our cross, just as Christ put the will of the Fater before His own, so should we and pick up our cross daily doing the will of the Father and sacrafice our flesh. When you are reborn you no longer do the will of the flesh, you are now obedient tot he Father.
---Ryan on 3/5/07

Obviously you don't have to carry a heavy wooden cross to a hill and get crucified. Take up your cross means to pull up your stake. Anything that keeps you tied down to the world. Jesus explained that if you want to be a dicsciple you will have to sell everything you have and follow Him. I don't think there are too many disciples.
---john on 3/5/07

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