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How do I keep ahold of the rope?


How do I keep ahold of the rope?

John 12:23-29

Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.

Romans 6:2–4

By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

I die to myself by:

1. Identifying the two paths: What is best (Jesus’ voice) / Anything else.

2. Counting the cost.

3. Trusting Jesus over the temptation or old habit.

4. Obeying immediately and whole heartedly.

When do I die to myself?

In the moment. (crunch)

In keeping a commitment.


In response to a calling.

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