“Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9.27)
Why are so many Christians not walking in God’s best for them? Maybe its because we don’t take God at His Word. And we miss out because of that. We walk in fear instead of faith. Jesus didn’t pay high price for us to miss that boat.
Luke 9.23 says if we want to come after Christ we must, “deny ourselves take up our cross daily and follow Him”. Do you suppose that means we reject or refuse or die to our fleshly thinking of Who He is so that we can enter into the Kingdom of God? The Strongs Concordance shows the word ‘follow’ in Greek akoloutheo leads to Revelation 21.6 which says, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will freely give to the thirsty from the spring of the water of life.” He quenches our thirst if we truly follow after Him. That means we can walk confidently in His freedom. The Kingdom of God, the authority, expressing itself through us because we’re denying ourselves, which could be taking place through the denyl of our own understanding and opening up to learning new characteristics of Christ, even if we’re old in our faith.
Verses 24-26 of Luke 9 say that if we don’t forsake ourselves and allow the world to influence our judgment of what is most important, it clouds our understanding of God’s Word. As a result we will be ashamed of His life giving Words and not be recognized by God when He appears in His glory.
So what is the fruit you’re producing that shows you’re connected to the Vine? (John 15.5) Is your life showing that in your weakness He is strong or does it show in your own strength and understanding you are strong? And where does that lead you? I think that Luke 9.23 comes first in this passage because its necessary for us to deny ourselves in order to experience the Kingdom of God before leaving this earth. Something for ALL of us to really consider as the days get darker around us.
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