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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

A Day at a Time: "Our Daily Cross"

By Scott Harrup
Oct. 12, 2014

Robert C. Cunningham, the longest-serving editor of the Pentecostal Evangel (1949-84), led this publication during the Assemblies of God’s 50th anniversary in 1964. That year he published numerous editorial reflections on the Fellowship’s spiritual health, heritage and anticipated future. Cunningham’s observations excerpted from the Aug. 9, 1964, issue are as relevant today as the day he penned them.

It is easy to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” How many people can pray, “Give us this day our daily cross”?

But the daily cross is as necessary to our spirits as the daily bread is to our bodies. Jesus said, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23). ...

It is a humbling thought, and it is meant to be. Our Lord wants to see in every one of us a spirit of contrition. He wants us to act like people who have been forgiven a great offense, and who owe their life and liberty to His mercy. This sense of obligation will give us the incentive to please Him in all our ways. It will make us careful not to grieve our Savior in even the smallest matter. ...

By losing our natural life we find the Christ life, which is the true life. Only then do we learn the exceeding hatefulness of self. It is self that causes all the sin and wretchedness in the world. Self drove out and supplanted the first life of God in man. Self crucified the Lord Jesus. Self puts others on crosses instead of itself. Self is willful, proud, greedy, touchy, over-sensitive to rebuke, correction, misunderstanding, being slighted in any way. That is why our Lord said a man must “deny himself.” By denying self, renouncing it daily, we make room for Christ to manifest His life of holy love in us.

Let us take up the cross each day and put to death each manifestation of the carnal nature. The Holy Spirit helps us to do this. When we are absorbed in Christlike service we have no time for self-pity or self-pleasing.

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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