“Let him deny himself.”

January 4, 2013 | Tags: ,

Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”

Luke 9:23 NKJV

The Christian life is about obedience to Jesus on a moment-by-moment basis. The Holy Spirit never forces His way upon His children. He is a gentleman. He makes it clear what we should do, but always leaves it up to us to decide. The more spiritually mature a child of God becomes, the more quickly she will obey God’s commands. It is important to want a life with God which desires to obey Him immediately.

Every time we are asked to obey God, we have to deny ourselves. God purposefully asks us to do things which are against our human nature. That is because our human nature and God’s nature are opposed to one another. We naturally want to hurt someone who has hurt us. But God calls us to bless someone if they hurt us by being kind and praying for them. When we surrender our human desires to God’s desires for our life, we are denying ourselves and following Jesus. At every given juncture life brings, we have a choice. We can either deny ourselves and follow Jesus, or we can give into our natural human tendencies. Following Jesus will bring peace and freedom. Following our own natures will lead us to unrest and more emotional bondage.

Oswald Chambers puts it this way–“If I obey Jesus Christ in the seemingly random circumstances of life, they become pinholes through which I see the face of God. Then, when I stand face to face with God, I will discover that through my obedience thousands were blessed” (Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest).

God multiples obedience to Him. Strive to live a life today in complete surrender to Jesus Christ. Then wake up tomorrow and do the same thing. It will change your life and your walk with God.

By Courtney Silberman

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