“Many Christians today think that they can have more of God’s power and glory, more of God’s Spirit, without taking up their cross daily and following Jesus.  It doesn’t work this way.  Only by dying to one’s self through the Cross can a person experience these things in greater measure.  People wonder why they cannot perform miracles as Jesus predicted, have greater faith, feel closer to God, discern his will, or bring healing & hope to people’s broken lives, including their own.  They feel powerless, confused, alone.  They don’t realize that the answer lies not in trying harder, praying harder, reading scripture more, serving more, or being more “religious.”  All they have to do is die.”