Whoever wishes to come after Me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. Matthew 16:24b

Wig’s Word of God Today 8-5-2011

Did a people ever hear the voice of God speaking from the midst of fire, as you did, and live? Deuteronomy 4:33

Whoever wishes to come after Me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. Matthew 16:24b

Deuteronomy 4:32-40, Psalm 77 & Matthew 16:24-28

It’s amazing how quickly people forget what God does by His blessings. The People of Israel were taken out of Egypt by the grace of God yet they still have to be reminded by Moses what God had done for them. I’m sure the same has happened in your life when things seemed to be going so well and then God removes something from your grasp because of your selfish living. God expects a complete surrender from His people in obedience, loyalty and love and His grace has a way of falling away from you when your selfish needs get in the way of your moment-by-moment loyalty. Be loyal moment-by-moment not day-by-day.

Jesus expressed the same thing when He exclaimed; “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 16:25 By your complete surrender to His Truth you become obedient to His Word displaying a loyalty and love in everything you do in your life. Jesus cited this love of God as “the greatest and the first commandment,” embracing in itself the whole law of God. When you deny yourself and take up His Cross, you seek to mirror His Compassion, His Simpleness, His Charity and His love.

This is why I urge each of us to do more. To be actively seeking to share His Good News in word, in example and in deed. This is why I give examples of this from my experiences with people everyday. I’ve found people are drawn to me because of my outward displays of carrying His Cross. From a lady seeing my Cross on my neck to homeless people sitting in a slump by a store seeing my shirt that says, “I love Jesus,” they all need to hear the Good News in word, action and deed. The lady I speak of noticed my Cross in a Chinese buffet in Orlando last Sunday who ended up praying with me, a complete stranger, by holding hands. Yesterday, I fed three homeless men where one jumped up and hugged me because I shared a meal and prayed with them. Can you hug a complete stranger for Christ? I ask you: Are you denying yourself for the Glory of God? Do more, pick up His Cross and share His Truth by faith in action, charity by example and love in deed.

So we ask in prayer: Dear God, we pray today to always carry Your Son’s Cross with patience, confidence and love. We pray today for healing and peace of Kelly, Alexandra, Jayson and Kevin. LORD, we pray for the three homeless men I met yesterday. We pray this in the Name of Jesus Christ our LORD and Savior. Amen.

God Bless His Truth for America,

Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins

Romans 8:28

Spirit led God inspired Christ fed

What Will Be Your Story?

Our gift from Heaven

Bore no guilt

Living sinless

Praying as He knelt

Me to follow

Himself he denied

My Cross to wallow

Carry by your side

Wish upon a star

A life of hope

Saved from despair

Finding Truth to cope

Gain the world?

Life you forfeit

No profit to earn

Satan to morph it

God’s Only Son

By Angel’s of Glory

Repaying life’s conduct

What will be your story?

© Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins August 5, 2011 @ 5:21 AM EST

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About Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins

My name is Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins. I first recognize Christ as my Savior in all things. I am married to my best friend and Soul-Mate in Christ, Antonia Cruz-Wiggins. I am a University of Florida graduate of Public Relations, a US Navy Veteran and a Montessori Elementary School Teacher. I love life and God's help of living it! I follow the Light of Christ in everything I do! I love writing poetry about the Lord and I create a new poem from each Scripture I discern in my daily mediations. You can almost follow the poem by looking at the readings for each day. I started sharing this small yet personal scripture study four years ago when one day I was reading the bible and the Holy Spirit moved me to share the verse with a group of about 40 Christian Men in my Emmaus Ministry who get together weekly to celebrate the Lord and talk about His Truth. Since then the number of people I share my study with has grown to over 650. I enjoy an open loving dialog about anything I write and I have strived to write what I know the Lord wants me to share steering clear of offending anyone’s spiritual beliefs because I share my work with people I meet in public when I strike up a conversation about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It took almost 2 years to begin writing what the Holy Spirit leads me to say. I believe that all Christians must unite as One Body of Christ’s Love to accomplish the joy of living with love, honor and respect. I reach out to Humanity to share His Salvation be it Baptist, Catholic, Protestant, Episcopal or any other religion or belief. I seek to mirror His Compassion, His Simpleness, His Charity and His Love. While I am Catholic, I believe we must all unite in the Lord to become One Body in Christ to bring our children back to The Church. I am humbled to share my study with you. Please feel free to comment any time. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is my Joy because I am a Disciple of His Truth. I am honored to share my Bible study with anyone you may recommend. As always, I remain, Yours in Christ, Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins
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