The cross on the wall or the Cross that knocks down walls

Institutional Christianity hangs a Cross on the wall. Experiential Christianity obeys the call of Christ hanging on the Cross. Christians don’t need to see a cross on a wall. We need to personally experience the Cross of Christ ruling our heart and knocking down the wall between us and God.

To withhold your heart from God and other people produces an interior loneliness, even when you’re in a crowd. Here’s some good news! Jesus took our rebellion against God, to the Cross, so that we can be set free and think and do what’s right. (1 Peter 2:24)

Trying to understand the Cross with logic makes it ineffective in your life. Letting it grip your heart will set you free! It means little for thoughts about Jesus to cross your mind, but if you let His Cross change your heart, you’ll never be the same.

I don’t understand how, but this happened to me (and to millions of others). The blood of Jesus cleansed our conscience and stopped our guilt. Jesus took our rebellion against God, to the Cross, so that we can be healed and set free. (1 Peter 2:24)

To reconcile is to restore a relationship. Joyous reconciliation with God is found in the agony of the Cross of Jesus. (Eph. 2:16) Religious rules are a form of bondage, but embracing the Cross frees the heart to follow and obey the living, resurrected Jesus.

Your reasons for guilt have been nailed to the Cross. The only way to fully overcome guilt is to ask for and receive God’s forgiveness and His power to consistently do what’s right.

Beware of preachers who seldom mention Jesus, His cross, His resurrection, and His call to repentance. Every attempt to detour around the Cross of Jesus is a denial of Christianity.

Christ-followers see God’s power and love in Jesus’ death on the Cross. Other people only see foolishness and sentimentalism. (1 Cor. 1:18)

Do you belong to Christ? The Bible says that those who do have crucified their selfish cravings and desires. (Gal. 5:24)

Spirit-taught words aren’t heard by the physical ear. They’re heard by a humble heart. (1 Corinthians 2:13 and Rev. 2:11)

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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