One day the Holy Spirit asked me a really challenging question. I wrote it down on my computer because I sensed strongly it bore a powerful message for all of us. I wonder if you will be as moved – and challenged – reading it as I was hearing it.
“Will you choose my will or your own?” the Lord asked me. “Will you deny self and follow me? Or deny me and follow self?”
In the Bible, Jesus says: “…”If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23
When we turn from our sins, believe in Jesus Christ as Lord, and in His death and resurrection, and genuinely commit our lives to God and His ways, and are forgiven and promised forever life with Him and indwelt by the Holy Spirit to lead, guide, empower, embolden, teach, counsel, comfort, help, etc. us, thus BEGINS the journey of following Jesus on earth and forevermore. And this life of following Jesus is founded on faith in Him and involves obedience to the Lord.
In following Jesus day by day, we are to DENY SELF, to TAKE UP OUR CROSSES, and to FOLLOW HIM. We are NOT to DENY JESUS, turn away from our crosses, and FOLLOW SELF and our self-centered, selfish, worldly, sinful wishes, ways, and wants.
God was asking me that day if I would CHOOSE TO OBEY HIM concerning what was going on in my life at the time, and now I am led to ask you the same.
Will you CHOOSE TO OBEY GOD? Will you DENY SELF, TAKE UP YOUR CROSS, and FOLLOW JESUS? Oh, please do! And trust the Lord to provide all you need along the way of humbly, lovingly, reverently, faithfully, devotedly, committedly, joyfully, and thankfully FOLLOWING HIM!