Are You Denying Yourself?

The world is ever teaching us that we should look after ourselves, right? And we should put ourselves first, shouldn’t we? And we should seek stuff for ourselves, right? And we should pursue our dreams, shouldn’t we? We should live our lives to the fullest, isn’t that right? We should focus on us, true? We should make the most of our lives, shouldn’t we? It’s not about others, it’s about us, correct? Happiness is the aim, isn’t that so?

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God’s grace and His salvation through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ are intended so we can get a fresh start and live happily ever after, prospering all along the way and experiencing life to the fullest so we can sit back, kick up our feet, and maximize the self-pleasure in our lives, don’t you think?

Regardless of what you think, and regardless of what you believe, and regardless of what you have been taught, God’s ways are not the world’s ways. In fact, His ways run contrary to our human ways. And His grace, by which we are saved from His wrath and condemnation for our sins through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ such that we are given eternal life, are not so we can continue forward in our lives by living according to the ways of this world.

He created us to grow in His image, not the world’s image. And He saves us from eternity in hell through faith in Christ as Lord and Savior not so we can continue on in our ungodliness, our self-centeredness, our fleshly desires, and in our own vain selfish pursuits, but so we can learn to live godly lives as He renews our minds through the Bible and transforms our lives in preparation for eternity with Him. We are called to deny ourselves – our own agendas, plans, wishes, wants, lusts, etc. and live like He intended for us to live all along. In godliness.

So what then is our hope if it is not to satisfy our human flesh? What then is our hope if we must deny ourselves the people and things of this world that bring us fleshly pleasure when they run contrary to God’s will?

Our hope, then, is in the Lord – the one who is not just preparing us for heaven.The one who is preparing us, as He purifies us, for Himself!

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 
Tit 2:12  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 
Tit 2:13  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 
Tit 2:14  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. KJV underlining added

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