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Denying yourself means to say no to something pleasurable to have something better for you in the long run, usually having to do with doing God’s will not our own will. ~ Bill Greguska
Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
What Does Denying Yourself Mean?
Denying Yourself Is The Start Of Something Good!
Realize that being a disciple of Jesus Christ means denying yourself and our sinful desires. Possibly the hardest requirement of being a disciple of Jesus Christ to deny yourself. We are all born with selfishness built right in us, it does not have to be taught, and resisting our natural desires is an ongoing battle. Denying self is key to being a follower of Jesus Christ.
Read Romans 13:14. “Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” Repete this scripture to yourself and let it sink in.
What Is Denying Yourself And Pick Up My Cross Mean?
Denying Yourself Means Saying No
To What Your Flesh Wants To Do!
Read this from Romans 13:8-14 because it also speaks volumes, “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandments there might be, that can be summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does not harm its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. And do this, understanding the present time.
The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
Deny Yourself For Greater Delight!
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