We all come to a CROSS ROAD in our life, sooner or later.
It is only through the infilling of the Holy Spirit that one can submit to the requirement of denying the flesh; putting down the old desires, the old way of life, the old patterns that were established before conversion. Take up your cross means then to carry an instrument to crucify "oneself" upon. This does not mean that you have to carry some heavy burden. Taking up your cross reflects bringing to death the flesh.
Ours is the daily sacrifice of the sinful self on the cross of Christ. Romans 12:1
Through the power of the Holy Spirit we can conquer the old nature and live pleasing unto the Father. It is the Holy Spirit who did draw us to the Father, through Christ. The Holy Spirit convicts of sin. He will finish that which he has started in us (if we let Him too).
Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16
Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. John 6:53
He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. John 12:25
Be blessed in Christ.
Minister Dr. Trudy Veerman.