“Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him denyhimself,
and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23.
It’s not possible to follow Jesus Christ without denying yourself, because your
“self” and Jesus are opposite, both want to rule and reign in you, but both can’t
reign in the same life at the same time, you can only have one master. It’s either your “SELF” will be your lord or you allow Jesus as your Lord.
Salvation is the beginning of genuine Christian life with Christ Jesus, but notthe
end, it is the commencement of a journey, not a conclusion; your continuitydeter
mines your eventual destiny. Many Christians are making a costly mistake,thinking
everything is settled after they repent and get saved, so they relax,not knowing
that salvation is to start a race of battle and forces for heavenlykingdom; such Christians relax and eventually revert back into their old sinfullifestyles.
Jesus Christ told His saved disciples, “if anyone desires to come after Me”This
means Jesus has gone to glory in heaven, and if any one desires to comeafter HIM
into the same glory, then He said, “let him deny himself, and take uphis cross daily,
and follow Me” Luke 9:23. Today, we will share about the firstaspect, “let him deny
himself.” After you are saved in Christ Jesus, old sinful nature and notion will notcompletely
vanish, your self still remains unsaved and it will always want topull you back into
old life of sin. Our “self” serves as a channel by whichSatan tries to overpower the
Spirit of God in us. This “self” remain unchangedwith our bodies, and inspired by
the kingdom of hell to pull us back into sin.James 3:6, “…..and it is set on fire by
hell” After you are genuinely saved, that is not all, you then start to deny yourself, or
else your self will reign in your life. Those preachers and churcheswho preach
“cash and carry” gospel and make fire brigade altar call of “Justconfess your sins
and accept Jesus as your Savior, that is all” such preachersare misguided end time
false preachers. After your salvation, you must denyyourself daily, if not, your
salvation will be lost and you will go back intoyour old sins. After you are saved, you must crucify your self or you will keep crucifyingJesus
again by putting Him to open shame, when you go back into sin. Hebrews6:6, “if
they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucifyagain for
themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.”
Barabbas Or Jesus?
“Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is calledChrist?” Matthew 27:17.
After you repent and confess your sins and become saved by the Blood of
Jesus,you need to still make a serious decision, which will determine your destiny:
Whodo you want to let live in your life, Barabbas or Jesus? Barabbas
representsyour old sinful lifestyle and nature; your “Self” or Jesus Christ?
Somebodymust live and somebody must be crucified. You have the choice to make, and itis on daily basis, “who do you want to let live and reign in your life, and
whodo you want to crucify?
When you allow your self to reign in you by falling into any form of sin, thenyou are
crucifying Jesus again in your life. On the other way, when you denyyour self from
giving in to sin, it means you are crucifying yourself andallowing Jesus to live and
reign in your life. It is simultaneous. How To Deny Self
Our identity with Christ comes clear when we deny our “self”, and our heaven
issure at the same time then. After we are saved, self will come again, it isstill
there. The tendency to commit sin will always come again. For example,the
tendency to masturbate will come, it will overwhelm you as if you can’t butdo it, but
no, you can deny it, as long you don’t aid it or give in to it; thepressure will fade away and you have won in Christ. You need to know that thecoming of the
tendency to sin in your mind is not a sin except you give in toit. The tendency to get
angry will come, the tendency to have sexual immorality,to lie and so on; the
feeling will be overwhelming, but all you need is to denyit – by refusing and
rejecting it. When you calm down and refuse, theoverwhelming feeling will recede.
The more you deny those sinful tendencies, the more you become stronger inChrist and your old self becomes weaker. But when you give in once again,
thenyou crucify Jesus and the sinful self is energized in you. That is how
manyChristians rise and fall. Though when the sinful tendency feeling comes, as
itis overwhelming as if we should give in, but we must constantly deny it bycalming
down and rejecting the tendency. After you overcome the sinfultendency, don’t
relax, it will soon come again, keep watching, praying and beat alert always. Do not think tendency to get angry, to masturbate or commit aparticular sin will not come
back simply because you overcome yesterday, thebattle continues, the race
proceeds and the grace of God is abounding.
This does not comes easily, it does not come by our power and self-determinat
ion,New Year Resolution, Transcendental Meditation or any religious ritual; to
denyour sinful self and reject sinful tendency, we must first have genuinesalvation in Christ Jesus, that is the foundation. You surrender your life toJesus genuinely by
repenting and confessing your sins and accepting Jesus asyour Lord, you can also
rededicate your life to Jesus if you have been fallingand rising, so as to start better.
Then to deny our “self” on daily basis, we must pray and read Bible daily. Wepray
for God’s grace to deny ungodliness and worldly lust. Titus 2:11, 12, “Forthe grace
of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching usthat, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly,righteously, and godly in the
present age”
We pray for strength to reject sinful tendencies, and we read Bible to refreshand
grow in the Spirit. Without daily prayer and Bible reading, it is notpossible for you
to deny yourself. Christians who are too lazy or busy toobserve daily Bible reading,
at least 2 chapters, and daily prayer at least1hour, are those Christians who always rise and fall, always fervent andfrivolous, always forward and backward in the
Spirit. Your prayer must centeron your Christian life first, for grace and help of God,
before you pray forprovision or any earthly blessing.
Make the right decision to dedicate or rededicate your life to Jesus fully andbetter,
and determine to deny and discipline your old sinful self and tendencyevery day,
every minutes – Watch!



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