Be Prepared to Deny Yourself

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me”

Matthew 16:24

Ponder This

Do you want to be filled with the Spirit of God? Do you really? Are you willing to forsake self? God is not going to superimpose His mighty, dynamic power on your old self-life.

Some people think denying themselves is doing without certain kinds of food, going without sleep, or doing without certain pleasures. They think maybe if they go live in a monastery, they'll be denying themselves.

But Jesus didn't say deny yourself things. It’s not denying yourself things; it’s denying yourself. Simon Peter forsook his nets, but it was a long time before Simon Peter forsook Simon Peter.

Practice This

Self doesn’t want to die. Take Self off the throne and enthrone Jesus there instead. Tell Him, “None of me and all of Thee, Lord Jesus.”