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The Experiential Believer

Not many believers make the decision to take up their cross daily. Some get up and have devotions, but not in the full understanding of taking up a personal cross for that particular day. For example, you enter into your first situation being totally unoccupied with self. “You are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3).

The average believer goes through trials that he cannot figure out. He gets upset because he did not deny himself and take up his cross for that period of time. The average believer, in all honesty, is not a “practical” believer. He believes at times. He believes if it is convenient. He believes if it is comfortable. But he is not an experiential, daily believer because he does not understand that his free volition must take up the cross, daily. Paul said in I Corinthians 15:31, “I die daily.” Paul had entered into this very definite act of the co-crucifixion of his will, daily, with that of the Lord Jesus Christ.

You are no longer filled with self-interest or self-preservation. There is no “duty” in the cross. There is no going away muttering under your breath at bothersome points during your day. There is no pressure and no stress, but complete availability to God. Life becomes a pleasure when we allow God to be Master, Christ to be Lord, the Spirit to guide, the Word to reveal truth, and the abundant life to be experienced.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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