THE WAY OF THE CROSS (by benaiah juma) (September 10, 2017) (145).
Mat_24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
We are required by our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ to take the narrow path of salvation. For us to be saved, we have to walk on the way of the cross. The way of the cross is very narrow and few people find it. In order for us to walk on the way of the cross we have to walk in the truth. The truth of God is in the bible (KJV) read it. We are living in the end days where the devil is doing everything such as deluding the true bible with other bibles which some of them contradict the king James bible. Jesus Christ told us that each and every person should take up his cross and follow him. Taking the cross means bearing the consequences of following Jesus Christ. Following Jesus Christ will require you to forsake the world and in some cases even your family to be with Jesus Christ. The way of the cross entails following Jesus Christ which will be at the expense of losing your life in this wicked world.
Some of you may be wondering how the way of the cross looks like; or the way to the kingdom of God; the way of the cross or the path to the kingdom of God is not a lovely one. Jesus Christ went through the way of the cross and it cost him his life, and likewise those who choose to follow Jesus Christ on this way, must suffer persecutions and reproaches as well. The way of the cross is full of reproaches, hatred, intimidation, campaign of calumny, persecution, murder, snakes, scorpions, and beasts pointing us to death and to troubles. If you want to follow Jesus Christ you have to walk on this road which is not awesome and sweet. On the contrary the broad path of hell and death is filled with love, friendship with worldly people with the absence of persecution. Which way are you on? The sign of a true Christian is when men persecute and revile you for your faith in Christ Jesus. If people do not persecute you there is a big problem because the word of God tells us that all that will live Godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
If people love you, you are not saved; you should be hated and persecuted. Enemies of God should not love you, if they love you, you are one of them. If the wicked love you; you are not walking on the way of the cross. Walking on the way of the cross is not easy; it is a very difficult way to be on. People will slander your name; they will call you a devil worshipper, a hater, foolish, idiot, and any other insult that you can imagine even some words which are difficult for me to utter. Only those who have a strong anchor in the Lord will be able to walk on the way of the cross. Those who are weak and do not have a strong anchor in the Lord will be offended and they will end up giving their faith in Christ Jesus. That is why you find that this generation is changing the gospel of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.
This generation is afraid of preaching the truth because they are afraid of offending people or losing money or getting insults from wicked people such as those who pray to saints, those who worship idols and those who baptize little babies. Right now wicked pastors are letting lesbians and homosexuals get married in their church. Some of this wicked pastors claim that we are using God and religion to deny other people their rights to practice sexual immorality, woe to this pastors because judgment is at the door. I want to encourage you to walk on the way of the cross no matter the hatred you will face from wicked people because they hated Jesus Christ first, and we as his children, we live facing the same persecutions as well.
There are severe consequences for not walking on the way of the cross. If you are not walking on the way of the cross, that means you are loved by wicked people and you are not living according to the will of God. The consequences of not walking on the way of the cross is that your name is blotted out from the book of life and if this happens then the lake of fire and brimstone will be your portion for all eternity. This should encourage you to walk on the way of the cross regardless of what the wicked do or say. Man is a snake to man, man is a thorn to man and man is a pain to man. The devil is in men and he uses men to insult children of God.
On the contrary there is a reward for walking on the way of the cross. Our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ told us that happy should we become if men persecute us and revile us for his sake for great is our reward in heaven for so they persecuted the prophets that were before us. The seed of the serpent is in operation among the children of disobedience who have refused to obey the gospel of our lord and saviour Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ told us when the wicked say all manner of evil against us falsely for his sake greater is our reward in heaven. Persecutions will continue as long as the serpent and his representatives are in this planet. Do not stray from the way of the cross because you shall be rewarded eternal life and glory. Your sufferings on this earth will not be compared to the glory which you will receive in the afterlife if you continue walking on the way of the cross until the day that you die. Be blessed in Jesus name.
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