Devotions for March 18, 2014

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Matthew 16:24-28

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. 25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. 26 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? 27 For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father and will judge all people according to their deeds. 28 And I tell you the truth, some standing here right now will not die before they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom.”

Galatians 2:20-21

20 My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: Have you died to your former self? Your former fears? Your former mindsets? Are you calling yourself a Christian, but living with your old life? Can you find freedom in living that way?

Q: What things do you need to nail to the cross and walk away from? What thoughts consume your attention? Are they opposite of scripture? If so, do you need to crucify them on the cross?

Q: Matthew 16:26 asks, “Is anything worth more than your soul?” Is there? Or have you laid everything; thoughts, mindsets, emotions, etc.., down for a life of freedom in Christ?

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