Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
I Timothy 6:12

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Timothy 2:15

Crucify Yourself

M't:10:38: And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

There is little redeeming social value in the things some of us do, and much negative spiritual value.

When you wake up tomorrow morning, say, "let's do it your way, Jesus." Before you leave the house, that is after your first cup of coffee of course, crucify yourself. Nail up the vain desires that ripple through your mind. Bind those wicked thoughts that you feel you must entertain to 'get by' in your cruel work-a-day world... you know, the "nobody's going to push me around" kind, the "I've got to 'compete' with them", "I've got to look better than them" and the ever popular, "I gotta have more."

And lest we forget, lose the "quick comebacks" and the colorful metaphors...leave them in the bathroom and flush them with the rest of the bad stuff. One more thing before you go, walk down to the street or road and look back at the house, apartment, car, boat or RV, those you love inside and consider what your life would be like if all you just looked upon belonged to somebody else. I've got news for you, it does, and you're holding on to it much too tightly, aren't you. OK, let's hit the road...is your cross firmly affixed to your shoulder? Good. Now that you've made the onramp, fellowship with your God on the way to work instead of listening to last nights sports scores or some slanted bad news from NPR or your favorite oldies station. What I am saying is M'r:4:19: And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

Ro:8:8: So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

2Co:10:3: For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

Ga:2:20: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Ga:3:3: Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

Ga:5:17: For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

Ga:5:24: And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

Eph:2:3: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

If you have a study Bible, punch up (flesh,lust,desires) for many more verses regarding your crucifixion. This is what you crucify. This is what you give up. Fleshly lusts and materialism do not please God. A decent windstorm and you're out on the street, or worse. A deceitful co-worker and you're out of a job. Who gave it all to you in the first place, who allowed it? Is all your concern with this world worth your eternal soul? M't:16:26: For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? I didn't hear Jesus ragging on the disciples to get a job so they could eat or whining that the walking thing was getting tedious and they should get a used horse or two. Jesus took what God provided and considered it sufficient. And Jesus was always thankful! The spirit is more important than the flesh. Crucify the flesh! All of it!

We have no idea how huge the pile of fleshly debris and immoral chains it is, that some of us carry along with us every single day. And it does this, it smothers our witness to the 'dead' we live with, it pleases the Devil, it relegates the Savior we say we have "faith" in, to a book on the coffee table or that hour or two on Sunday when we manicure, spray and primp and head for the club some call a church to do our "Christian" duty. Well, I can tell you this, you aren't hearing about humility, holy living OR giving up anything but what you put in the plate there. You aren't living a life in Jesus, like Jesus. You knew I was going to say that didn't you? What is a Watchman for...

Live crucified to your passions like Jesus Christ. Does Jesus care about your flesh, your earthly desires, the debts you have amassed, or even your fear of being bankrupt because you tried to keep up with the World? The answer is, only when it comes between you and God. And most of the time it does just that. This is what Jesus says, M't:6:25: Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Some of us have it backwards! We are promised all care and sustenance, all protection and goods necessary to live in this world and perform service to it and God if we do one thing...M't:6:33: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. If we do not seek God out first, we're as dead as Julius Caesar. It all starts here with the words of Jesus in Matt6:33, then God can add to our goods and such as is God's pleasure. No, this is not to imply a "prosperity gospel". God gives us just what we need to survive. He meets all needs not "wants".

M't:7:21: Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Well, there it is. Are you doing the will of the Father? What's that you say..."what is the will of the Father?" How about starting with His commandments. How about following the detailed examples set before you by God's son Jesus. How about fearing God's Holiness and righteous judgment. How about turning off the Fox channel and reading a few chapters of the New Testament. How about taking up your cross (Matt16:24).

How can we expect God to abide with us when we follow the dictates of our own mind and flesh and not those of the Spirit of God? If your faith is in your banker, broker, your own strength, cunning and resourcefulness, you've made a colossal error. Hell is full of those who profess Jesus with their lips.Ti:1:16: They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. Their hearts are far from Him and their fruit does not exist. Can that be you today? Are you taking comfort in your "chariots". Or is the road you follow narrow and void of the trappings of the world? Full, instead, of the joyful suffering for the cause of Christ. Do you go so far as to thank God for every breath you draw? ...I didn't think so. Now is a good time to start!

This is a "joyous" season, (with due sarcasm) this season of chocolate bunnies and diabetic overdose, this time of plastic eggs and worthless pageantry in our churches, this 'magic' time of the reproductive rites of Spring, Ishtar, Estre and more of that good old fashioned rebellion we call holi-days. Ah, the lovely gloom when light and darkness merge! Wonderful. Move over Jesus until we've had our fill of all this ungodly celebration, idol worship and spiritual adultery. Let me strut my self-righteous stuff before I give you a glance up on that filthy, bloody cross that my sins put you on, or before I listen to your sobbing for me thousands of years ago for what I am doing right now. Yes Jesus, I believe, but let me do it my way. Let us have the Golden Calf too! Saints, that is what the Watchmen hear and see and grieve over. We are shouting from the walls, the need for repentance and humility. Who will truly follow Jesus? Hard to tell just who. I wonder. A multitude is already under strong delusion. And time is shorter as the days pass.

It is getting cold out there in men's and women's hearts. Holy living and humility are not 'tolerated' in the fleshly marketplace today. Intolerance of sin is considered politically incorrect, discriminatory and could land a believer behind bars or worse. M't:24:12: And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. Is there iniquity in your heart or are you striving to be purged and tested (1Pet1:7) to be deemed fit to enter into the Kingdom of God, by keeping His commandments for holiness and crucifying your flesh and mind? There is no time for playing with worldly fire folks, for if you do not come all the way over to Jesus Christ, that fire will consume you. Predestination, foreknowledge, and election aside, God calls to ALL! Answer while there is still time. Forsake the World. Crucify yourself. Make your election sure. Be saved.

Lu:12:20: But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

Try to remember that verse before you pull out of the driveway every day. You do not know when your soul will be required of you. You may never make it back into that driveway. Without Jesus Christ first, middle and last in your life...you shall never enter into eternal life. Think about that. ...And don't forget your cross.