Cross Pointe Church

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1800 Satellite Boulevard
Duluth, GA 30097

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Sunday 9:15 AM

Sunday 11:00 AM

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So That

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“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face shine upon us, that Your ways may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.”  Psalm 67:1-2

One tiny word can change everything.  Some of the most monumental decisions we make require only a “yes” or “no” answer.  No long explanation… just a simple one-word answer.  “Will you marry me?”  “Do you take this woman to be your wedded wife?”  “Do you accept this job offer?”  Tiny words… huge implications.

The same is true in Scripture.  Perhaps one of the most skipped-over yet important phrases in God’s Word is “so that,” also written as “that” in some instances.  Why…  because this phrase offers us a glimpse into the very heart and mind of God.  He is answering a question that He oftentimes chooses not to answer… He is telling us why He does certain things.  While God certainly owes us no explanation for any of His ways, understanding why sometimes helps us to know Him in a deeper way.  It also helps us to know what He wants us to do for the sake of His Name and His glory. 

Psalm 67:1-2 gives us the reason for God’s blessing and His presence in the lives of His people… "That Your ways may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations."  God’s reason for lavishing grace on our lives is so that the whole world will know He is a gracious God.  His reason for giving us the gift of salvation is so that every nation will know He is the only God who saves.  His reason for blessing us with more than we need is so that we can give to the poor, showing them that He is a God who meets their needs.  God’s greatest desire is to be known and worshiped by every nation, tribe, tongue and people.  As His children, we have the incredible privilege of participating in His work!

So often we hoard God’s riches that are ours in Christ.  We spend all that He blesses us with on ourselves, forgetting the “so that” which should drive all that we do.   

Prayer: Father, Forgive me for being selfish with Your grace and salvation.  Please help me to remember the “so that” in my story.  You have blessed me so that I can show others how great and glorious You are.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Set Apart

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“For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.”  Matthew 6:32

 What does it mean to be holy?  We know that God is holy… but what does that mean?  To be holy is to be completely set apart… to be different from everything else.  God’s holiness means that there is none like Him.  In other words, He is in a league all His own.  He is completely set apart and different from all created things—the one and only true God. 

One of the main reasons that Jesus urges His followers not to worry is that it sets us apart from the rest of the world.  It demonstrates trust in Him when we choose not to chase the same things that everyone else is chasing… money, retirement, material possessions, and self-importance. 

There will be times that we struggle with this choice.  It will help in these times to look at the situation through the lens of God’s holiness.  Is there a response that clearly sets us apart as followers of Christ?  If so, we can know this is God’s will.  Our responses, attitudes and actions should not look like everyone else’s.  We have been given God’s power through His Spirit to live a life that is set apart and holy…lives that reflect the character of our holy God… lives that aren’t overshadowed by worry.

This is simple… but it is not easy.  Making a choice that rests on God’s holiness is sometimes extremely hard.  That is why we must rely on God’s power and not our own.  A worry-free life not only reveals God’s character, it also requires God’s presence.  It is the desire of God for every believer’s life.  He has called us to be transformed into the image of His Son Jesus—the only worry-free person to ever walk on this earth.  This is His will for every Christian. 

Prayer: Father, You have called me to be different from the world.  Please forgive me for running after the wrong things.  Give me wisdom and faith to know what is truly important.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Denial

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“Then Jesus said to them all:  ‘If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.’” Luke 9:23

Self-denial.  This is what Christ demands.  And more importantly, it is what He deserves.  Jesus isn’t asking His followers to hate themselves; he is asking them to adore Him.  Just as the old hymn says:

Jesus paid it all.
All to Him I owe.
Sin had left a crimson stain.
He washed it white as snow.

The choice to deny self is born out of adoration and gratitude, not obligation.  It is the response of a heart that is ever-conscience of Christ’s sacrifice, and always thankful for His grace.

To deny yourself means to disregard your own interests for the sake of Christ and His glory.  Following Jesus is not easy.  There are times when He leads us to places that we do not want to go.  He leads to places that are unfamiliar, uncomfortable, and even undesirable.  I mean this both literally and figuratively.  Loving our enemies is not comfortable. Forgiveness is not always easy.  Putting others needs ahead of our own desires is tough.  All of these are examples of how Jesus asks us to deny ourselves.

But, when we hold these acts of self-denial up to the cross… they don’t seem so hard, do they?  When we choose to consider Christ’s sacrifice, we realize that He has the right to ask for whatever He desires from our lives.  After all, we wouldn’t even have life if it weren’t for Him… physically or spiritually.

And as if what He has already given us isn’t enough, He continues to lavish His grace upon us.  Whatever He asks us to give up He will replace with His abundant life.  What we find is that the more we sacrifice, the more He gives.  In God’s kingdom, death to self is the only way to truly live.

Jesus, You have shown me what self-denial really is.  Thank You for dying so that I may live.  Please help me to deny myself and follow You today.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.