Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 20, 2013

Deny Self

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am
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Matthew 16:24. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.

How many times a day do we use the words, “my, mine, me, or I?” Probably more times than we can count. Most of us aren’t even aware when we use those words. In denying ourselves Jesus means for us to put Him first and then others. This is the way to JOY (Jesus, Others, Yourself). This is the way God created us to be but when sin entered mankind self became our dominate and primary concern. So many times in conversation with others instead of really listening to them we are busy thinking about what we want to say. We are preoccupied with ourselves. It takes trust in God’s faithfulness to deny ourselves and put Him and others first. Our question is do we want to be obedient in this enough to ask God to empower us with His Holy Spirit to deny ourselves and trust Him with our needs?

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