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Restoring a Life of Purity – One Day at a Time

A Writer’s Thoughts on . . . . DENYING SELF: WHO DO I REALLY DEPEND ON

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 13, 2017

Writer's thoughts



Here is a question that many of us are not often asked during our daily lives and interactions with others. What is denying self, and exactly what does that look like? Has anyone ever said anything close to that to you, in a world that is so secure in doing things for self-preservation? It’s definitely not common, but id if you’re a child of God, the Lord of lords and King of kings, Jesus Christ, then that question ought to be near the forefront of our minds and hearts daily.

Denying self means not depending on your own intelligence, trusting your own maturity in decision making and choices. It means to totally trust in Jesus Christ with your whole heart, mind and soul. It also means trusting in Him to lead and guide you as children of God to a life that is righteous and holy in His sight. As we can see in our culture today that so many of us are set in our ways; nobody can tell us anything because we think and believe we know what’s best for us in every situation. Some of us never claim to know everything but the one thing many of us do know is no one is going to tell us what to do with our own lives and decisions. This is where the battle with the flesh comes in, and usually the flesh wins in most cases. But a life surrendered to Jesus Christ is a life filled with peace, assurance and abundance of blessing.

The Word of God speak very clearly on this subject, and the book of Luke, chapter 9 states what it looks like as well. It’s about our life, the very life that God Himself created for us, the life He sustains as He gives us breathe each and every day with His purpose in mine.

“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. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?”  –  Luke 9:23-25

We live in a world that is so wrapped up in “I’ve got to get mine before someone else gets there’s” type of mentality. Selfishness has ruled its evil face in our culture for so long that we as human beings honestly believe that’s the only way to live. It’s sad! God did not create life with this purpose in mind. Life is not about us but others, giving to others that they might have what is needed. That goes across the board for everyone. If everyone considered everyone there would be no selfishness. We would depend and trust the Lord Jesus Christ, and that holiness and righteousness would reign in all of our lives. We would living a life that totally dependent upon Jesus Christ. That’s denying self looks like. Our lives would never have to worry anything because the Heavenly Father would make sure that all of our needs are met according to His riches in glory through Christ Jesus. If you are a child of the King, Jesus Christ, are you denying self, daily, and are you totally dependent upon your creator for all things?

Just some thoughts from a brother who is sold out and totally dependent upon the Lord Jesus Christ. I know what He has done in me and is doing through me so I will always deny self. Self has done nothing for me but led me down a pathway of destruction for years. But when I totally committed and gave God total control, my life has changed and continues to get better and better every day He gives me life. For that, I am eternally grateful for His love, grace and mercy in my life. Just saying . . . .


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