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Sunday, April 14, 2013

All, Everything, 100% Bible Study

We can't carry our cross when our hands are full

"When Christ calls a man, 
He bids him come and die."
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I sometimes struggle to hold on to my plans, to maintain some control of my life, to dream dreams God didn't give me, to set goals He never inspired.  

Most of us want Christ for our "back up plan," thinking He has come to serve us instead of the other way around. But these words stop us dead in our tracks:  

"Whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple... Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost...In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples." (1)
Jesus 

Today let's ask God to show us anything we've refused to give up. We can't carry our cross when our hands are full.
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(1) Luke 14:27,28,33

1. How can we possibly give everything to the Lord when we are fallen, sinful people?

Philippians 3:7-14: 7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 2:12-13: 12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

2. What things distract us from pressing on? Which of these is your biggest temptation? Pray about your specific distractions.

John 2:15-17: 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.


After you've worked through the questions on this study, you can find my insights HERE. These 1-minute Bible Love Notes also offer insights for this study:
Sometimes I'm an Elephant
Failed Again
Are You In Training

copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2013, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com
All Scripture NIV unless otherwise noted

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