Day 3

Then Jesus told his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."—Matthew 16:24-28

We judge the value of something based on what it will cost — and everything has a cost, which means everything has value. When making a decision, financial or otherwise, we ask ourselves: "Is it worth it?" This private and sometimes unconscious evaluation is a question of value, and we wrestle with this even in our faith. It's part of the human decision-making process, and Jesus knows it. But now consider the thoughts stirring around in the minds of the disciples as Jesus presents the proposition above.

If we could read minds, I would bet we'd discover that the disciples evaluated if the real cost of following Jesus was worth the net gain. During the time of Jesus' ministry, many onlookers weighed the cost of following Jesus and decided the value was a net loss, not a net gain. But there were a few who weighed the present cost with the eternal value and decided it was worth it, and thus they went all in. But, Jesus suggests the cost of following is great.

"The cross," mentioned above, was not made for wearing. It was made for dying. In our culture, it's difficult to appreciate the cruelty of the cross. During the reign of the Roman Empire, crucifixion was a deliberate, torturous, barbaric punishment resulting in gradual suffocation and death reserved only for the worst of criminals. Crosses and crucifixion were a symbol of intimidation, warning people in the republic of the cost of non-compliance in the Roman empire — the cost is your life.

Jesus turns this imagery toward a Godly proposition. He is encouraging men to evaluate their net gain in this life, with that in His Kingdom. While there is a lot to be gained in this life, the net gain is nothing compared to the net loss if we have not evaluated the human soul's cost. Jesus implores us to consider this — to assess the cost, the value, and the net gain. Today nail a bad habit, a bitterness, a regret, or a perpetual sin to His Cross. Leave it there and acknowledge the net gain of a life without it.

DO THIS: This week, we are focusing on the discipline of prayer.

Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:

  • Confess: in the comment section below, share something that you need to rid from your life. If you feel concerned about sharing this in the comments, be cryptic in your explanation, but know that God blesses a man's confession.
  • Pray: for 5-minutes, and share this confession openly with God and let him take the burden from you.

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  8. Elliot Matziaris says:

    to rid the clutches of crack cocaine addiction, and the thoughts and actions of sexual sin towards myself, single women and the wives of men, also my short temparement towards those around me.

  9. Nate says:

    Lord, I confess that I am sick and sick and tired of it. I often keep silent instead of praising and proclaiming your name to unbelievers who know me,

  10. Mike says:

    Being more thankful for the opportunities and material possessions God has given me. It is because of him and him only that these things are given to me.

  11. Gary Vosen says:

    Father God, I confess my repeat immoral sexual sin. Enlighten my heart and soul of the cost of this sin. Soften my heart.

  12. James J Echelberger says:

    I would like to rid myself of judgement of others, quick to Anger when I put something in God’s hands I want to trust him that he is taking care of it and that it is in his time and I want to have the patience to quit trying to take back what I have given him.

  13. Vince Eible says:

    I want to confess my repeating sin of thoughts and lust and actions towards women. Over the past couple of years, I have been able to keep it in check for the most part, but it haunts my mind daily

  14. Alex says:

    Lord, there’s so much that I could put down on paper. Many times I fall short of where I am called to be. Earthly “things” get in the way of me truly experiencing the joy that you have for me. One are that I need to confess and nail to the cross is how much I worry. Worrying, to me, shows that I have not yet given in to You all the way. It shows that I still hold on to matters and think that I actually have control of how they turn out. I need to let go and LET GOD!

  15. Mike says:

    I need to give to God the lust I have in my life. That’s everything from financial to stuff to my thought life.

  16. Ed says:

    I need the Holy Spirit to help me rid the sin of lust. This technology we are using for our good is also a means for sin & evil. Help me Lord Jesus to turn away from this sin and have eyes & a heart for only me wife.

  17. Rich E says:

    Confession: on multiple times over the course of my relationship I have made poor choices and cheated (physically and emotionally via messaging) on my spouse. I’m not proud of these actions and confessed many of them to her about a year and half ago. My lustful desires still
    haunt me today and I have tremendous anxiety and stress from my past mistakes.

    Over the last year, I have made an effort to actually call Jesus my Savior. Instead of just pretending I was a devoted Christian, it was time for me to actually be one.

    Tonight I pray that my past mistakes and the anxiety it causes me can be lifted off my shoulders but more importantly removed from my heart so that Jesus can fill it more and more each and every day.

  18. Ery says:

    The pain my ex caused me is hard to forgive. I did something as revenge that I knew was wrong at the time I did it. I know thru grace and the cross I was forgiven but I have a hard time with letting it go and a hard time forgiving the ex. She has blinded our daughter who makes decisions guided by the ex and based on materialistic needs wants and desires. I pray for them both and I pray to help me w grace

  19. Bjorn says:

    I get distracted and discouraged by the acts of others. My words and thoughts need to be more focused on building others up for God’s glory.

  20. Jim Kroyer says:

    I need to deal with impatience and realize that God works it all out in His time, not mine. My impatience just causes unnecessary stress in my life, and my wife’s. The cost of Jesus dying on the cross is so much more than the gain I ever received by being impatient.

    • Jim Kroyer says:

      Take a look at the Andy Stanley book Better Decisions/Fewer Regrets. He discusses 5 questions to bake into your decision making process. The book is a game changer.

  21. Jeff Falley says:

    I need to rid my life of doubts and fears about my salvation and to put my full trust in God. Not to be fearful about what Jesus has done for me.

  22. Eliot Duncan says:

    I need to rid myself of my self-centered attitude (selfishness). I know this causes me to miss or ignore the needs and feelings of others. I do get angry with myself when I miss what is happening around me.

    • Jon Brady says:

      I need to rid myself of pride and selfishness. I need to be more willing to forgive and serve others.

  23. Coach says:

    The ghost of a previous relationship from over 45 years ago that often creeps back into my mind during difficult times.

  24. Nate Howell says:

    Father God I nail to the cross my sin of apathy. I ask for your forgiveness and pray that you do whatever is necessary to move me and use me to further your kingdom

  25. Brian says:

    God, I nail to the cross my unbelief. I know in my head you are Lord that you forgive, that you will always provide. However my heart wants to earn my way or feels I know better than to just trust in You. Lord Jesus forgive my affairs my porn use, my harsh tone with the family and my beautiful wife, forgive my pride and controlling nature. Help me put You first, trust and rest in You. Finally help me love like Jesus loves.

  26. Mike says:

    I have an adult son who has cut me and the rest of my family out of his life. I confess my anger and resentment towards him and God over the situation.

  27. Danny Cribbs says:

    Brother Vince,
    My “thing” to get rid of in my life is cynicism. I have been abused, taken advantage of, and just in general, mistreated, therefore not giving me any hope to think that there is any good in people anymore. That people, such as I, are out here to fulfill their selfish needs. I carry around, what I call a “defense mechanism”….a “dark shield”, if you will, to “protect” myself from inconsiderate, selfish minded people that think they have the right to question my integrity, take advantage of my big, open, caring heart because “…well, he loves Jesus so he’s supposed to do nice things for everybody” (Ooh,..and believe me that there have been some “proclaimed Christians” who have jumped on the “let’s take Danny for a ride and doubt his integrity” ship), and just make NOT want to love everyone because they are in God’s image. I know that I’m coming off bitter, which a good part of me is, and according to God I shouldn’t be (Heb. 12:14-15). But my concern is that I’m a stay-at-home dad, a homeschooling learning coach (for both of my teenage boys), and a husband of 20+ years to my wife, Jeannie, and apparently it has been mentioned that if I do not stop this behavior, my boys are going to “start heading that direction”. I couldn’t live with myself, if that happened and a good part of my bitterness has stemmed from dealings with most of my immediate nuclear family (some of which are dead now). My biological mother, Candy, had mental health issues really bad, I mean she was sick, but I, at the time, didn’t know how to address the situation and took a big brunt of the verbal abuse she put out (and, yes..I forgive her, still every day….I lost her to skin cancer-melanoma 18 years ago). I have discussed this with my “Mom” Carey (technically my stepmother…I just don’t like that title) and God used her one night to speak life into my situation about being so angry with her and forgiving her…every day….because she (Carey) apparently did and prayed for her for many years.
    Anyway, sorry…I’m getting off the subject…..I need God’s help with this cynicism. I don’t want to be like this anymore because I the Lord doesn’t want it for me and neither does my wife and kids. I hope that I’ve made myself clear on what my problem is. This is the one that I want to…how did you put it?….”nail to the cross”(?). Thank you for listening. God Bless, Brother Vince. Danny Cribbs

  28. Alex vds says:

    I confess I get distracted by jealousy and cares of making plans so i don’t have to wait on God to help lead me

  29. John Krumm says:

    I confess I have not accepted Your situation for my present life. I keep going back to the false comfort of old physical satisfaction.

  30. chance b regina says:

    I confess my pride and arrogance. This sin harms relationship after relationship, especially the relationship with my wife.

  31. Massimo says:

    Bitterness and pride. Judging others by what I value. This is mostly reactionary, in the moment, speaking before thinking.

  32. Collin Boggs says:

    I confess that I have not stepped into everything to which He has called me. I pray the Holy Spirit put to death: 1) Distractions or busyness in worldly things, and 2) Personal laziness. I pray that these be replaced with a supernatural laser focus, mental clarity, and fervent energy to accomplish His works.

  33. kennethadkins86 says:

    Struggle with applying my own “understanding” to things or situations and not listening for Gods guidance. So, listening or truly hearing his Truth. It’s like I have a mental block at times that won’t allow me to hear beyond.

  34. Eric says:

    I am a pessimist. I am always assuming the worst in any given situation. Father, help me to focus on the positive, the good.

  35. Elliott Kemmet says:

    Lord, I confess my sin of engaging in worldly things and not brining my challenges to you Lord.

  36. Brian McMillan says:

    Lord, I confess that at times I am attracted to ungodly things and pray that I would set my heart on you and not worldly things.

  37. Chris says:

    God please take the burdens of my heart and the challenges I face. Give me the patience and strength I will need to let go.

  38. Mark Loomis says:

    I am concerned that my Prayers are not powerful enough to heal the sick.The bible says I have the power and authority to heal,that heals with his stripes and thw elders of thw church when they pray you shall be healed. I confess that I sin against against those who don’t believe my words are powerful and resent their non belief that The Holy Spirit heals. I pray for revival in my church ,That those folks could learn to pray .I confess that I resent the church for not encouraging more to come to prayer group.Only 4 of us come to prayer group .I confess that it hurts me that they don’t receive the joy I receive while praying.

  39. Corey says:

    For me right now, it’s not grieving the Holy Ghost and dying to self each day. Nothing specific today but anything the Lord shows me that is in my heart and needs rid of.

  40. Gino says:

    Wandering eyes and failure to wear the “whole” armor of God in battle(s). Forgetting the “Sword of the Spirit,” which is the Word of the Lord.

  41. Rex Wright says:

    Time management: I was late last week to a luncheon and a brother left and called me on it. I need to do less things better. I try to do too much.

  42. Dean Wendler says:

    I need to be more patient and slow to anger. Able to hit the Pause Button before my mouth gets me in trouble.

  43. Nick Krist says:

    Pride – having unrealistic expectations for others. Holding others to my standards rather than holding myself to the standard that Christ calls us too.

  44. Mike says:

    I need to rid myself of anger and the slight looks or glances that show disapproval and hurt my wife.

  45. Gerald Waddle says:

    I tend to joke and poke fun but take it a little too far. Sometimes I do this and don’t realize that I’m making it personal and hurting people. It starts to become passive aggressive and I hate that, I just don’t realize it before it happens and sometimes not until someone brings it to my attention.

  46. Jeff Williams says:

    Help my struggle with low self worth and to truly believe and receive who I am in His eyes.

  47. Dave Benson says:

    I want to rid myself of lust. I know it creates a barrier in my relationship to Jesus so I need to nail it to the cross now!

  48. Alan says:

    Jealousy. I don’t think of myself as a jealous person but when my wife has long conversations with her ex I tend to get real jealous. I need to figure out how to stop being so jealous.

  49. Darin Pederson says:

    I want to rid myself of an often unconscious habit of making my wife feel small by simple actions, words, or body language when she talks about something that is important to her. I want to be open-minded and supportive of her, consciously first and foremost, as I am hoping my sub-conscious also picks this up so my body language, words, and actions show her I really am supportive of her.

    • Alan says:

      I found that I had to completely stop anything I was doing so my full focus was on my wife and what she was saying. The one thing that was hard for me was to just listen. Most of the time they just want an ear and not an answer.

    • Gerald Waddle says:

      This is a tough one as I tend to do this also. I’m praying for God to guide you and give you patience, wisdom and discernment!

    • Jim Kroyer says:

      Darin, I think you are 80+% of the way there. You know what the problem is and the solution. Now just need to implement it. Changing your unconscious actions are the toughest ones to do. Since it involves your mind, will and emotions (which many people consider to be your soul, which is distinct from your spirit). The only things that can operate in the space of your soul are you (including your subconscious thoughts) and the Holy Spirit. You have to really pray to give the Holy Spirit the “keys” to those parts of your soul and let Him do what he does best.

  50. Cory Baron says:

    Anger, resentment and my inability to be slow to speak and quick to listen. Especially with loved ones. See the good in people, not always the worst.

  51. Randy says:

    I say I want my ex-wife to be happy and for me to move on, but my heart wants to break up her relationship and get her back. If were truly about people, I would stop feeling this way

    • Sean says:

      Frustration with my step daughter’s father. Lord, you know the depths of my heart, please help me change my attitude towards him.

  52. Rich Thomas says:

    I confess the sin of overeating and my anger. Lord, help me be the husband and father that seeks after You.

  53. Jeff Kuhn says:

    Lord I confess that I have not been the kind of husband and father that you have called me to be. God today help me to start over loving you and loving others more than I love myself. Amen

  54. Everett says:

    Lord I have struggled in my life with dealing with frustration in anger. It is a coping mechanism that I use to make the situation stop and for me to feel I have control but I acknowledge that it is a loss of control and I lay that down today!

  55. Troy Theye says:

    Its more then one thing……it is surrendering much of the old ways and old flesh, ANXIETY about everything and being aware and renew it with Gods promise for my continuing new life. Thank you Jesus!!!!!

  56. coach says:

    Lord, give me the will to read your word more, cleanse my mind of the thoughts that enter in to my head, give me the ability to touch the men in the men’s group

  57. Todd says:

    Lustful peeks at Instagram/Internet flesh veiled as novelty or curiosity when I’m bored or worse, procrastinating. If there’s too much time on my hands, I can make stupid, selfish decisions and the Holy Spirit is somehow justifiably ignored. Which in turn, is idolatry (that’s a revelation as I type this) in the worse way.

  58. Ken McClatchey says:

    Lord , today I nail to the cross the regret I carry for my actions that fed into the lives and decisions my children made to walk away from you.

  59. Tyler Watkins says:

    Father, forgive me for my sound and living outside of my character. Bring me closer to you and in line with the man I want to be always.

  60. Michael McClain says:

    Lord, I pray that you would replace my judgements with renewed eyes to see your people and their eternal value the way you do.

  61. Eric says:

    Lord – Help me to strengthen my faith and not waver in times of trials. Make me steadfast as a rock and help me to continually build my faith in every situation.

  62. Michael Mahony says:

    Sin, in the light of day has no place to hide. ..let me be free from the sin that hides in secret and accept that it no longer has hold of me and I am free to live a life of joy and peace.

  63. Stephen Merkle says:

    I need to rid my life of my overwhelming need to be in control of everything and rely on God more

  64. Harvey Hansen says:

    Today lord I bring to you the sins I have done before being reborn again. These sins were a burden in my life so I look to you today to forgive me of those sins. I now look forward to your presents in my life now and going forward. I give thanks to you lord Jesus for what you did for us on the cross.

  65. Chuck Peter says:

    Today I nail to the cross my sins of the flesh. Like the song says: “I don’t want to abuse yourI Grace, but God I need it every day.” Lord give strength, wisdom and discernment to make Kingdom choices instead of worldly choices. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

  66. Joe Middleton says:

    Hello All,
    I am really struggling with trust anyone. I had a conversation Friday with my pastor, and several other church staff. My pastor told me that me not trusting people I work with is because of the sin that is in my heart. I have been thru some really bad and trying time growing up and in my adult life as well. I honestly left the meeting feeling that everything is my fault and how dare I not trust another Christian man that I work with at our church. Please help clarify and explain. Joe

    • Chad says:

      To me my brother it sounds like you probably had some trauma in the past which broke down the ability for the heart to trust. Their is warning not to trust in man but to trust in God. It is ok to question man and it is ok to be questioned. I believe a wise man who walks in humility would not refuse questions or belittle the one asking. It is true the lack of trust is fruit of sin but it is also true that we are all sinners therefore the only one who can truly be trusted without question is Jesus. Every image of man is faulty and the best man is a vain show but God can restore you in trust to him and then open honest fellowship with those that are following, not blind trust but honest communication will reveal the fruits of the heart.

  67. Mark says:

    Taking the easy worldly path instead of the one you would have me take. Let me be of the Spirit not of the flesh.

  68. Chris says:

    A repetitive sin that I keep confessing to the Lord, that today He would help me finally release it to Him

  69. Ken Johnson says:

    At 73 years old not being able to do things physically, judging others, the future and major changes, negative attitude, anxiety, anger, frustration when things don’t go as I planned during the day. The list could go on. Roman’s 7: 18-25

  70. Kevin Allex says:

    Wandering eyes, lust, being judgmental, addiction to food and weight loss, jealousy, short temper, not seeing and loving others as Jesus sees and loves them.

  71. AZ says:

    Complacency – I’ve spent much of my life doing what others wanted me to do at the expense of following what I know God has laid on my heart.

  72. Tom Wise says:

    I nail my bitterness towards my wife and my inpatience with her about things. I also nail my poor time management to the cross so I can spend more time in the lord

  73. Greg gresens says:

    My lack of self worth, that my tendency towards doubt and depression would leave. I need to preach and hear the Gospel of Jesus more. Further, to be reminded of the saints in North Korea, whose faith I can only hope to attain. Rak Chazek Amats

  74. Joel Walls says:

    I had a terrible weakness for filling myself with visual trash. It caused major problems. Porn is the devil! Fortunately since a sequence of events indirectly caused by this, dare I say addiction, I have not had the desire to do that. I have been filling myself, cramming myself, with the word! My prayer is that when time has passed I get stronger in the word and sin doesn’t creep back in!

    • Corey says:

      What you’re doing brother is key! I can attest!!! You will come out of it! God is so good and His word will not return void! The power is in it 👊🔥

  75. Bill says:

    Lord, you know the habit I’ve been wrestling with in my mind. I want to nail it to that cross at this minute!!

  76. Sam Harrison says:

    God you know my many sins and the one that plagues me and has since youth, Please Lord take this one sin form me I am just too weak as I have proven.

  77. matthew says:

    I need rid my life of being so quick to judgemental even though I try im asking The Father to help me with it

  78. Salvatore Augeri says:

    Regret – Looking back, had for a long time walked half in the world and half in His Word. Not anymore 🙌🏻

  79. Tim shea says:

    Today I nail Negative self talk ,anger, self pity, lust of the eye to the cross please pray for me to leve it here

  80. Billy says:

    I want to surrender every stronghold to The Lord – discontentment, impatience , validation, lust, anger, language, insecurity – Jesus took these with Him and nailed them for me. I want to live in that assurance and break the bondages.

  81. Taylor says:

    My previous addiction to porn and lust that I work through daily To stay clean. My addiction to food and struggling with weight loss. Lastly, past encounters with employers or friends that I should have acted differently with and replaying the events in my head.

  82. Joe martens says:

    I need to get rid of my foul language. I need to be a better example to people around me at work and other places.

  83. Mike lozzio says:

    I am like Paul had said the most wretched of sinners I’ve broken all of the which is why I need Jesus.

  84. Daniel says:

    I need to release the value in worldly success, stuff, and comfort in relationships in order to live more fully for Christ.

  85. Eric says:

    What I need to rid of is satan putting condemning thoughts in my head. At random times throughout the day satan puts thoughts in my head about the stupid things I have done over my lifetime. I tell out away with you satan, and cry out to God to remove the thoughts.

  86. Richard says:

    The bitterness I feel toward people who do violence in the world around me, forgetting the have no clue how to act differently.

  87. Joel says:

    so much sin to confess Father, selfishness, laziness, untrusting of you, lying, anger, judgemental, swearing Lord Cleanse my heart, soul, mind and every fiber of my being.

  88. russreborn says:

    “Confess: in the comment section below, share something that you need to rid from your life. If you feel concerned about sharing this in the comments, be cryptic in your explanation, but know that God blesses a man’s confession.”
    Wayward thoughts that detract from focusing on God. Thoughts about a woman I suffered tremendous heartbreak with juxtaposed against God tearing that apart to chastise as well as protect me from a future that wasn’t for my best and highest good and for His glory.

  89. Rich E says:

    Catching up due to COVID-19 chaos: but I need to get rid of my need of acceptance/approval by others And the desires this causes me to have throughout my life.

  90. Denny says:

    Putting myself on the throne and thinking of myself before others. Chasing after every desire including food, alcohol, and lust.

  91. Joshua Standfest says:

    i confess the cost of not listening to God in my life and trying to just do other things like staying up late playing video games

  92. Walter says:

    There is one particularly contentious person whom I have severed ties with. I don’t feel called to reconcile, but I am called to forgive and to love. Pride is indeed a stumbling block

  93. Chris says:

    I need to nail the sin of trying to make myself ok or save myself by being perfect to the cross. I still have lots more ego that needs to be put to death

  94. Mark says:

    I choose to nail my ‘way’ of doing things to the cross and ask God to purify my heart, motives and intentions.

  95. Josh says:

    Not trusting God’s plan for my life. Why hasn’t he thrown a big door in my face that says “God’s Plan for Josh’s Life” so I know I’m on the right path.

  96. Chad says:

    Lord help me to take every thought captive. i wrestle so much with negative self-talk, and low esteem and find myself escaping in sinful ways.

  97. Boyd Rasmussen says:

    I let too much of my time get tied up with relaxing in the evenings and streaming shows. I need to open up more time in my life for God and relationships.

  98. John says:

    Lord, please remove the bitterness and anger towards my prior employer, knowing that your will even in this is good and perfect.

  99. Rod Hoeft says:

    I have been sober from sexual sin for 6, but am reminded that I must leave it at the cross each day. I must never forget the pain that I caused. Please pray that I would begin each day with a desire to learn more from our Heavenly Father.

  100. Brady Ellis says:

    My net gain is this raw truth… I struggle with self value.. I desire, I need, I want approval.. my life as a kid was so tough… no appreciation, no approval. Bitterness and abuse. I know the Lord is all I need and It’s not my fault my parents sucked really bad at what they did and who they were as parents… I’ve moved on but the underlying need for appreciation and necessity will always be a struggle

  101. Cory Bullock says:

    My language and my constant battle to protect my wandering eyes. These are two things that I ask for forgiveness and correction on almost daily. I have made great progress in both areas but I hope and prayers that one day I can truly reshape my eyes and brain to process images and thoughts differently after almost 40 years of seeing and thinking a certain way.

    • Brady Ellis says:

      We both have struggled with the same issues over life. Woman were an item growing up.. mechanic as a dad with dirty pictures and mags everywhere was normal. I’ve seen such an amazing transformation in you over the year I’ve been watching. You need to remind your self as I do… you’ve come a long ways. It’s a long battle and you are doing something about it! I promise you… I will not let you fail! And I beg you… DON’T LET ME!

  102. Ross says:

    I am praying for myself in this regard to be free from a deep rooted issue that keeps me from being all that God has planned for me to be.

  103. Nick says:

    The overwhelming Joy and Relief I feel from the Lord breaking my bond with addiction. I have total trust and faith in the Lord I just have to remember to ask!

  104. Austin says:

    The strong emotional feeling in my chest of losing a girlfriend of 3 years. Her leaving me has effected me not enjoying the present as much

  105. Stephen Rovezzi says:

    6 months ago I nailed alcohol to His cross….huge. Now, personally I need to nail procrastination to it…and isolation…

  106. Kevin says:

    I confess that I’ve been stuck in my anxiety, depression and PTSD symptoms. Thinking mostly about myself! Help me lay all of this at your feet and start living, loving, and learning again. Thank you Jesus!!

  107. Matthe says:

    My struggle is the fear of loss (which is being magnified a thousand times by the Cornavirus) of things of this earth pitted against the FAITH I struggle to have that I will walk with Jesus someday and that none of this will matter! As Pastor Chad has said “ help me with my unbelief and lack of faith”. That is my prayer and confession of a continual failing I deal with EVERY day!! This lesson today is right on target with everything we are dealing with right now!!

  108. Hugh Prichard says:

    One thing I need to nail to the cross is my selfishness. I get very self absorbed and forget where God has asked me to reach out and connect/serve other people.

  109. Richard says:

    I really try hard to cling to my own will. I never find lasting comfort. You think I would gain some knowledge and give up. I am thankful I have a forgiving Savior. Picking up my cross and following Him I could not do on my own

  110. John says:

    Control, I need to submit this more often . God has shown recently the blessing he pours over me and my family. when I release this.

  111. Gordon Schlegel says:

    Even after decades, there are opportunities I still regret not taking advantage of, even though I know they would have led to utter ruin.

  112. Jonathan Robertson says:

    Laziness in being a spiritual leader and example to my wife and kids. I let trivial conflicts distract me.

    • Brady Ellis says:

      That’s why you took the step to join our group! One Step makes a difference and it doesn’t go unnoticed even to your wife and family. Your leadership is already being enhanced because you are making steps to make a difference. Allow them to see your commitment and trust in your new group to help see it through for you

  113. Mike says:

    Confessing my anger and resentment towards my wife for not supporting me in my business and blaming her for my lack of productivity when it’s my own fault.

  114. Bryon says:

    Sharing my faith with those who need to hear it. Keeping struggles to myself when the Lord surrounds me with people who love me. Setting a better example to my son and not be as private with my quiet time with the Lord.

  115. Eric says:

    Dear God. I nail my sin of appathy. Of giving up on caring when the going gets tough. When others challenge why do i even bother, sometimes i slack off. Lord help me to perservere and endure the times when the going gets tough. Help me to carry my cross. Take it all.

    • Brady Ellis says:

      Psychology shows us that anything we focus on improves… just the fact that you ask for prayers about this is enough to know you are focusing on it! Love her like you did when you met her! Find reasons to show her love … love is an action verb… do something … it’s not a noun that sits on the shelf! Praying for you bud … we all have been where you’re at

  116. Dan says:

    I haven’t been diligent in schoolwork. Not enough to make sure that I can honor God by taking a Sabbath rest. Other things play into that as well, like idolizing food and entertainment, and how others view me (reputation).
    I gave up Sunday for Him

  117. Dan says:

    I haven’t been diligent in schoolwork. Not enough to make sure that I can honor God by taking a Sabbath rest. Other things play into that as well, like idolizing food and entertainment, and how others view me (reputation).
    I gave up Sunday for Him.

  118. Ted says:

    Thank you Jay. I know what you are saying.
    I also need peace. Too much temper. Need to slow my reactions.

  119. Dale Martin says:

    I always seem to find time for TV or YouTube videos. I need to spend time with God before any of that stuff.

    • John P Goushian says:

      Feelings of inadequacy which is rooted in pride. But the truth is I’m not enough on my own. It’s in my weakness God is stronger.

  120. Jon says:

    At the heart of many things, I get consumed about me, why wasn’t I given that opportunity, thing, recognition, etc. I struggle to focus out and not in.

  121. Bradley says:

    Stress of Finances – been trying to buy a house and at least 3 times a day, I check the bank on my phone. I understand we have been given a brain to decipher things however, I also know that have been giving a God that we can give all things to!

  122. Jared Hood says:

    Oh Father God-I give you any stress or any need to find comfort from any source other than you. I give myself to trust you and rely completely on you for peace and comfort.Nothing else.

  123. KF says:

    I need to rid the thought of knowing what isn’t good for me but trying to justify it. Whether it’s finance, physical, emotional or business. Also the rid of fear knowing God can close that door.

  124. David Luevano says:

    I ask Jesus for the strength to resist the temptation of the flesh and he has helped me but I need to turn it all over to Jesus because my flesh is weak.

  125. Ricky D Brittain says:

    My pride often leads to anger, which in turns causes me to ruin relationships. Instead of resolving conflict I end relationships.

  126. Pastor Mark says:

    Today, I’m nailing my bad habit of always being anxious about the next thing on the calendar: being more present in the moment, a moment that God has brought me to, is a net gain for my life and my ministry.

  127. Jeff says:

    Feelings of inadequacy, insecurity, and self-doubt which lead to a host of negative responses such as fear, worry, frustration, anger, double-mindedness, self-loathing, inaction, etc. I’d like to nail this to the Cross-of-Christ, TODAY, and consistently meditate and be reminded of God’s Word from 2 Timothy 1:7 which tells me I’ve been given a spirit of power, love, and self-control and not one of fear and timidity.

  128. Micky says:

    Releasing my guilt for failing God by turning away from Him and being angry at Him for many years because of a divorce I didn’t want and no matter how hard I tried couldn’t get my wife to seek counseling or reconcile.

  129. Kenneth McClatchey says:

    Pride and a rush to judgement without the thought of compassion or empathy has been a deep seated issue in my life so today I through prayer and confession nail them to the cross. Lord lead me more in your kingdom living and help me to see the world more through your eyes of eternity.

  130. Dave says:

    – giving in to distractions particularly during my study/devo time
    – fear of man as it relates to sharing the Gospel

  131. Eelco says:

    I confess my problem with porn, and also my inability to forgive and let go of the bullying I received when I was in school.

  132. Andrew says:

    I am selfish and resistant to change. I idolize money, health, and attention. I must continue to focus on Christ.

  133. Shane Young says:

    I need God to break my heart of stone that I have towards lukewarm Christians – remove the plank from my eye Lord.

  134. Rory C says:

    I confess and need to rid my mind of my past mistakes and decisions of infidelity. I have forgiven myself my spouse has forgiven me and we have moved forward in Gods path. Stronger than ever, but the burden is still there with me.

  135. Tom Cullen says:

    Have had to battle more then usual about porn. And repented to my wife, we went to the weekend to remember last week. I also repented to her about not making her a priority in my life. I am in G-D’S word ever day. I think a lot about what James says resist the devil and he will flea from you. James also talks about confessing sin one to another. I also Rembrandt Mr.Deep sharing his testimony!

  136. Eddie says:

    shouting at my kids when i am too busy to get up and go talk to them, like when i am working in the other room and can’t leave the computer at a moment’s notice.

  137. Michael Pechar says:

    I need to nail my quickness to anger to the cross. There are so many verses that speak to being slow to anger. I definitely need to crucify that bad habit.

  138. Dustin says:

    I sometimes overlook my language in my workplace to “fit in” and then feel shameful that I couldn’t control myself better.

  139. Dan Pratt says:

    I put my own interests and desires ahead of my wife and family, and ultimately ahead of God. My priorities are a big mess but honestly I love my desires, and it’s a battle to want the important priorities over my own. This is kind of a big part of why I’m not living at home right now.

    • Nick says:

      Hating myself for sinning. The accuser brings up my failings when I’m depressed and I spiral down even further. Praise God for some recent victories in my struggle against the flesh, it is a daily fight. God is faithful. There is power in the blood of Jesus.

  140. Valentin says:

    Something that I need to get rid off in my life is that I get very defensive when my wife challenges me or asks me a certain question. I tend to get angry when she is direct with me and calls me out. And I want to stop that.

  141. Anthony Meschke says:

    Drunkenness. Praying for help to stick within my limits.
    Shouting at children. Need to talk calmer and understand they won’t get it right the first time.

  142. Brad Hatfield says:

    Since being graced with salvation I believe it’s best summed up as acting and thinking of my glory versus God’s glory. My ego driven perception has caused many undue burdens and loss of joy, peace, contentment, happiness, self worth.

  143. Travis says:

    Anxiety and fear of being inadequate. Rooted in me relying on my own efforts instead of the completed work of Christ

    • Valentin says:

      You got this. I struggled with this a lot! Until I put boundaries and got accountability and it helped.

  144. Warren M Campbell Sr says:

    I’ve counted the cost and Jesus is priceless. I rather have Jesus than anything else in this world or universe.

  145. David says:

    I need to get marijuana out of my life. For a couple months it was, but has recently crept back in. No excuses.

  146. Brian Winckler says:

    I’ve been struggling with 2 issues for it seems all my life. Anger and another I am not going to share.

  147. TAYLOR T OLSON says:

    I need to let go of my anger and grudge against others and give it over to God. He will be the judge of what they do

  148. Brian says:

    Well, this is a little tougher. With all that is going on though, I would put worry/anxiety at the forefront. It has always been a struggle, not just now. So that is what I plan to work on this season.

  149. Dave Benson says:

    Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
    I too, deal with pride issues guys. If I want to follow Jesus and be all in, I have to deny and leave myself behind. My pride sets limits on my resources, time, compassion, love, etc. Lord, help me to let go and not turn back!

  150. Buck says:

    Being committed to taking care of my body (temple) consistently and help with deepening my love for God.

  151. Stephen says:

    I have a huge issue with letting go and giving them to the Lord. I tend to try and handle it myself and end up dragging the Lords name through the mud.
    My actions don’t match my words

  152. Bryan F Doyle says:

    I have a burden that I have been working hard with God to take from me during Lent. He has already blessed me in ways I couldn’t have imagined. If you have some burden, sin, challenge you are dealing with, trust me, you can do it with God!

    • Shane Young says:

      I will pray for you Carl. I am 2 years alcohol free now and my life is a new one. I continually picture alcohol as my personal Goliath – defeated by God’s strength and my faith in his strength.

  153. Ian Bonthron says:

    I’m working on being less judgemental. Sometimes it can be a real problem. Good is taking this sweaty from me! Thank you Lord!

  154. Ryan says:

    Financial Anxiety – I have placed way too much trust in the balance in my bank account. I need to trust God for all things and in all things.

  155. Adam Yochum says:

    I struggle with pornography addiction even though I have mostly beaten it I catch my self thinking about it occasionally even though I get nothing from it Satin knows our weakness and tries to test us!

  156. Coach says:

    The resentment that I often have toward my spouse for being able to make quick, informed, and good decisions for our family. It take me a much longer thought process to come to decisions. She is always looking for the positives and I seem to dwell on the negative outcomes of decisions. I must lose the resentment and become more positive.

  157. Matt R. says:

    The most frequently stated command in the Bible is “do not fear”, or some similar form of this command. I, however, find myself anxious about a lot of things that are completely out of my control. I repent of this sin and pray that God will help me to turn to Him whenever I feel anxious about things in this life.

  158. James says:

    Abortion. Twice. In those days I didn’t really understand how miraculous children are. Twenty-some years later I am still wondering if I will ever really forgive myself. I thank God for my two wonderful children today with an entirely different perspective on life. The guilt remains.

  159. Eric says:

    I’ve got habits that are hidden from world, but not you Lord. I’m tried of faking it and need your help to cleanse me.

  160. coach Ed says:

    I have a so call pastor that I have a hard time to forgive. If he come to our church as a guest speaker I will leaven. Just can know sit under his preaching. How do you stop the thought that come in to your mind?

  161. Adam C says:

    I need to stop the bad habit of not trusting God in my present or for my future. This has led to worry and anxiety in my life. Trying to rely on my own strength will end badly.

  162. Dan says:

    GOD gives us his grace and loves us unconditionally. This gift has tremendous value and is our cost is just to obediently appreciate and accept the gift.

  163. Davin says:

    I have a short fuse with my children, especially my son. I fear I
    my children see me and fear me rather than respect and adore me.

    • Brady Ellis says:

      The Bible shows us , even in revelations that God punishes His loved. A counselor once told me don’t apologize for being a great parent, the seeds we sow now will show plentiful crop in their lives in the future. Tell them you love them as much as you direct them. Tell them you will love them through this time in their life. I do it and at it almost daily.. don’t apologize for being a great parent! You love them and they know it! The Bible teaches us that our children testing us is normal! Love them! But be you! Cause you love them

  164. Seth Metcalf says:

    I value my own time more than His time. I prioritize things that I want to do ahead of what God is calling me to do.

  165. Jason says:

    I am seeking counsel and I have a brother who I trust to share this with as well.
    My constant struggle is porn. I have damaged my marriage and friendships because of it. I have been dealing with this sin for over 38 years. Thank God for His forgiveness and Grace. I am always willing to talk to or be there for you so we can kill this awful life killing sin. Death to self. Sometimes I am afraid to confess my sin of porn as well. Which is wrong. Again I say today death to self.

  166. Tim says:

    Putting others down in a very sly manner. So sly others may not even know my true intentions. I do it because I am still an insecure 13 year old boy.

  167. rgoreckijr says:

    Lord, help me to deny myself of all those sins that prevent me from fully knowing the eternal value of following You.

  168. Rick says:

    I want to nail to the cross this nagging feeling i am not good enough. I know it causes me to be resentful, defensive and angry when I receive criticism, even when it is constructive. I just don’t here it that way. All I hear is – you are wrong, you’re stupid, what were you thinking?

    • Jon says:

      It is hard to hear criticism and harder to accept it. My first instinct is to not trust the reasons behind it and to defend myself . The frustration i have caused in the other, especially someone close, does not always lead to gentleness in their presentation. I try to take a step back and not respond hastily. Trying to focus on the message and not the tone. Any success I have achieved has been by asking God for patience and wisdom in the moment. Even when I fail in the moment (less than before but still too often) I have discovered that God will provide the humility to come back to them again.

      • Rick says:

        Focus on the message, not the tone! Great advice Jon. Thank you. Robert Morris, in “The Power of Your Words” encourages us to use the 3 “P’s”, Pause, Ponder, and Pray. Thank you for your encouragement.

  169. Michael says:

    Today, I ask that Jesus nail my impatience and bad temper to the cross, especially as it concerns my daughters

    • Jesse says:

      As I encounter problems including finances I need to be rid of any missunderstanding to be prepared daily to have successful wisdom to make good positive progressive decisions.

    • Brady Ellis says:

      I’m sure you’re tired of hearing that you’re an inspiration to so many people. You are to me!
      We all have kids and no matter our circumstance or position in life, kids will give us a run for our money and hearts! You are an amazing Dad from what I’ve heard and sitting behind you at church and watching your daughter sing from her heart let’s me know you are doing a great job! Don’t forget to pat yourself on the back every once in awhile because the seeds you’re planting are showing fruit when you’re not watching! I promise! StAy strong brother!

  170. scott kelly says:

    I do not deny myself as Jesus asks us to do. I want and desire a servant heart but fall short.

  171. Lewis Thompson says:

    My fear, of the unknown as to the outcome of the coronavirus. Who that I know, may come down with this dreadful disease? Lord, remove my fear and replace it with hope.

    • Alan says:

      Amen Lewis.. we must trust our sovereign God that nothing will happen outside his will, and be prepared to see his glory through anything that comes.. ♥️

  172. Chad says:

    Jesus, today I nail my sins of lust to the cross. Thank you for the price you paid and your ultimate sacrifice, which set me free.

  173. Steve says: