LK.9:23 (” If any man will come after me, let him deny HIMSELF, and take up his cross DAILY, and follow me. “) EVERYBODY HAS ONE: everybody has a cross: and whatever that cross is for you; then that’s the very thing that you will have to deny yourself~IN ORDER TO CARRY IT. Beloved! you will not be able to carry your cross if you do not FIRST deny yourself. You won’t even follow Jesus, if you don’t deny yourself.
If you do not KICK AGAINST THE PRICKS, or are disobedient; then your cross will be fairly easy for you to carry: and the calling upon your life fairly easy to fulfill: but if you REBEL, AND BE DEFIANT; then it will become a very hard thing for you to do.
Listen, I know people that have ended up within institutions, and in all kind of terrible shape~~resisting God’s Will, and fighting God’s Call, and trying to resist the power of His hand upon their life. God doesn’t make anybody do anything; but if He ever REMOVES HIS HAND; then you’ll wish you had.
ONLY YOU & GOD KNOW exactly what your cross is. Jesus said His YOKE IS EASY, and His BURDEN IS LIGHT~ (St.Matt.11:30) and it is Easy & Light truly, when you’re willing to LEARN OF HIM, LIVE FOR HIM & LOVE HIM. You see, we are the ones who make things hard & complicated: but the Lord’s Way is not hard, and His commandments are not grievous.