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Topic: Paths (05/17/04)

TITLE: Picture Of The Cross
By Robert Coskrey
05/21/04

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We all have God-given needs for love, acceptance
and purpose. Many of us have mastered the game
of gaining these from the approval of others. Many
of us has experienced the pain of disapproval and
we still pursue approval. We do as a means of
gaining confidence and become trapped in the
thinking that our confidence come from opinions
of others and our actions.

Instead of basing our confidence on the grace
of God, we base base it on our ability to perform
and please others. When we do this, we only ask
for a disappointment. It is nice to be approved of
by others however, it doesn't always happen.

The cross is the true measure of our confidence.
Christ thought enough of us that He gave his life.
This was not based on our ability to perform
however, his unconditional love for us. Once we
realize this, we pursue the right things.

God is the one who arms us with strength and
gives us the shield of victory. He narrows the
path so we can't get off and instructs us in the
way we should go. God also stoops down and
takes an interest in us so we can be lifted up.
While people have the ability to let us down,
God is the one that lifts us up without fail.

People can lift us up but it eventually wears off
and we need more lifting up. It becomes an addiction.
One that can keep us from what God wants for us.
Our ability isn't based on performing and acceptance
however, the grace of God. God is the author and
finisher of our faith. We need to find out what God
wrote about our faith.

All in all, we can't sell ourselves out to the opinions
and approval of others. Instead sell ourselves out
to the picture of the cross..


Member Comments
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B Price05/24/04
Enjoyed reading.
Marie B. Corso05/24/04
"He narrows the path so we can't get off..." Didn't Jesus say something like that? A good article on the subject.
Dave Wagner05/25/04
>> All in all, we can't sell ourselves out to the opinions and approval of others. <<

Ah, if it were only that easy. It truly is an ingrained need...I think most of us can agree with you that it is counterproductive to seek to satisfy it by looking to other people rather than God. But I think perhaps a bit of instruction on just how to shift over to seeking it from Him would have been helpful.

>> He narrows the path so we can't get off and instructs us in the way we should go. <<

Does He? I'm not sure I agree with that. Maybe I don't quite understand what you're trying to say here...I better read the piece again.

Thanks for posting, sir.
Lynne Gaunt05/25/04
A nice message. So often we put others in a place where only God belongs.
I wonder if you might have presented your ideas with a little more structure...? Just a thought.
L.M. Lee05/26/04
amen...need to be sold out to the Cross alone!
Leticia Caroccio05/27/04
"The cross is the true measure of our confidence" - That line is the gem of your entire article! It is the reason that we can lead victorious lives in Christ, because He already defeated Satan and death.

Great effort.
Deborah Porter 05/27/04
Some good stuff in this Robert. That last sentence of the first paragraph was very true. Love the ending. Well done. With love, Deb