Take Up Your Cross

Matthew 16:24 ¶Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
This is a scripture that is not preached from very often today. The feel good, prosperity, you can do anything message has replaced the message of death to the flesh, to bring life to the spiritual man. John the Baptist first showed this example John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.
The cross is the instrument of death which if we carry our cross daily it will lead to the death of the earthly man ( selfishness, hatred, anger, deceit etc.) Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. So many times the Lord is leading us daily to the death of our fleshly desires, so that He might resurrect the spiritual man daily. This will transform us into having the mind of Christ, and cause us to bring forth works that will bring glory to the Father. I’m afraid that many times because of lack of knowledge, & false teachings of today we Christians think that the devil is fighting us with fleshly things going wrong when it just might be the Lord trying to lead us to death, so that He can bring something new into our lives. We then will find ourselves fighting the very thing that we need more than anything else. To accept our Cross, not to pray against it.