Luke 9:23 - "If anyone wishes to come after Me; he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me."
When the Cross is alive, it burns up the flesh – dreams of the flesh, ambitions of the flesh – all of the flesh.
All of the flesh it consumes. It consumed man's flesh beyond recognition, and so it is with His own. So when the Father looks down, He sees the reflection of His Son and then there becomes recognition.
Let the Cross have its work. Let the grave contain what is causing death, but let the Spirit quicken what is life.
Thank Him for the Cross; for the work of the Cross. For we are a people of His Cross -- you are marked by His Cross. Cast not away the Blood of Jesus. Let the Blood consume. Let the Blood be the fuel for the fire of the Cross.
Let the Spirit of the Living God consume the flesh, so that in His Spirit you will live and move and have your being, but first, there must be the working of the Cross.
And as His Cross becomes your cross, know He has hidden you in His Cross. For your cross is within His Cross, and the enemy cannot beat you with your cross when you bow down and let the working of His Cross take precedence.
Feel His Cross. Feel His Blood. It is real. It is truth. He is alive forevermore, and so are you. Your spirit is eternal. Let your spirit be free to mature through the working of the Cross. For, yes, there is death, but more importantly, there is the life of the Cross.
Let His Cross consume you. Let His grave clothes transform you. Let His robes of righteousness transfuse you, through the Blood of the Cross.