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S.A.N.S. Episode 297: Letting Go

The lyrics of today’s song could have been written by one of Jesus’ disciples. The man who identifies himself as Levi writes about Jesus’ expectations for a disciple, Matthew 16:24-27. This commitment isn’t easy. The only way to keep Jesus’ request is by letting go by denying yourself, taking up the cross and following Jesus. While the attached video doesn’t credit a specific group, the words of Letting Go is self-explanatory.

Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation. 11 The Scripture says, No man who believes in Him [who adheres to, relies on, and trusts in Him] will [ever] be put to shame or be disappointed, Romans 10:9-11.

The apostle Paul provides another way to let go in the passage above. Paul urges first century Christians to make Jesus the Lord of their lives. This requires a public confession of faith, usually in the form of a baptism. Meanwhile, this act should be accompanied by acts of contrition to demonstrate your faith and trust in Jesus. While Electric Christian music may be new to you, the final two songs of the week get better and better.

by Jay Mankus

For the Moments I Feel Faint

During a private meeting with his disciples, Jesus reveals 3 non-negotiable expectations, Matthew 16:24. Denying yourself is likely referencing Paul’s words in Colossians 3:1-9. Once you develop the proper mindset, the next command to take up your cross which is different for each individual. The cross that you bear may cause some to feel faint. Yet, this is where your own weakness opens the door for Jesus to become strong.

Three times I called upon the Lord and besought [Him] about this and begged that it might depart from me; But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me! – 2 Corinthians 12:8-9

Depending upon your specific calling, the weight of the cross that you bear varies. Perhaps, this explains Jesus’ final demand, “follow me.” At the end of Luke 9:57-62, Jesus meets candidates to be appointed as one of 72 other disciples. The three that Luke mention each have an excuse to put God’s calling on hold. The point of Jesus’ 3 non-negotiable expectations is so that his followers finish what they start.

So for the sake of Christ, I am well pleased and take pleasure in infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions, perplexities and distresses; for when I am weak [in human strength], then am I [truly] strong (able, powerful [e]in divine strength), 2 Corinthians 12:10.

Taking up the cross of Christ isn’t easy. This life long expedition may incite fear, bring trouble and inflict your life with pain. Reliant K’s song For the Moments that I Feel Faint talks about this spiritual journey. The lyrics of this song urges listener’s to never underestimate the hope of Jesus. Just as the apostle Paul struggled with some sort of physical or spiritual condition, lean on God’s grace so that you will be filled with supernatural strength as you carry your cross.

by Jay Mankus

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