HIPP VISUAL MINISTRIES - PICK UP YOUR CROSS - ALTAMONT, TN
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PICK UP YOUR CROSS
We do not have to be who our fathers were!

Choose the lowest seat in the room or the lowest room in the house.

We must always be humble.

It is only by humbling ourselves before men that Jesus can exalt us before God the Father.  

Not only can we heal and minister too those who are in need on our sabbath day.

But, He expects us to do so. We are to be a disciple of Christ Jesus seven days a week.  
11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.  

Do not invite to a supper your rich neighbors, your family, your friends, for they will in turn invite you to their supper.

But, rather you invite the poor, mamed, the blind, and the lamed for they can not repay you with an invitation to their supper.

Jesus shall invite you to his super, on the day of the resurrection of the just.  

Those who the holy Spirit brought under conviction, and did not accept the invitation of the Lord, shall not be invited to sit with him in heaven.  

24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.  

26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.  

Do you see here that there is a cross that each of us must bear. Jesus tells us that we can not be his disciple without bearing our cross.

Jesus goes on to say that we must love him more than our own life. We also must hate our father, our mother, our wife and children, and even our Christian brothers and sisters in comparison to our love of Jesus.

Nothing or no one is to be placed above our love of Jesus.

We must become his disciple and bear our cross as we follow after Him.

When Jesus says that we must hate these people, he is telling us that these people will believe that we must hate them, because our Lord Jesus is always first in our life.

All of the above named people will not be placed above our Lord and Savour. We will always have work to do for our Lord. He will rein first in our lives.

Bear your cross for the Lord our God, and when we pass from this life we will be invited in to eat bread with Jesus, the Father, the angels, and all of the saints of God in heaven.

We as his disciples are always walking toward our heavenly home, and taking no care to this life here on earth.  

33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.  

34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?

35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.  

Jesus compares us to salt. He says that salt is good. He says that if we wish to be his disciples we must not forget our cross, and the place that Jesus is to occupy in our lives.

Jesus says here that just as men will cast out the salt which has lost it's flavor. We are in danger of being cast out by the Lord our God if we do not follow after him every day of our lives here on earth.

Indeed, HE THAT HAS EARS TO HEAR, LIT HIM HEAR!

Brothers, we must hear with our spiritual ears what Jesus is teaching us here in the fourteenth chapter of Luke.

God bless you my brothers in Christ Jesus. The hour is very late, and there is much work left to do. Please pick up your cross, and complete the work that Jesus expects of his disciples. Jesus must be first in your life.

John Hipp
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