Will You Deny Yourself for Christ?


Obedience comes with its rewards, but it also comes with a price. The greatest rewards of obedience are pleasing the Lord and growing in intimacy with Him, and the greatest cost is the death of our own fleshly desires to be replaced by His perfect will. Following Jesus involves the crucifying of our flesh so His life can be lived in and through us.

My crucifixion has involved rejection, loss, abandonment, and hatred more than anything else. But the death of my own dreams and desires, and the loss of numerous people for the sake of Christ, cannot even compare with the phenomenal blessing of being in my Father’s will and growing ever closer to Him. 

The more I chase after Christ, the more I study the Bible and seek to obey the Lord, the more I have had to endure the pain of losing people’s love, acceptance, validation, approval, etc. But I am not on this earth to please humans and to gain their favor. I am here to love and serve the Lord with all my heart.

Have you ever considered the cost of giving your all to the Lord? What are you holding back from saying, doing, and letting go because you are placing people above God? Are you ready to let go?

Surrendering your life to the Lord is not a matter of words. Surrender is an act of obedience, and is reflected in your decisions and actions. What are you refusing to surrender? The Lord does not want pieces of your life. He wants it all.

And He wants to live in and through you. If you are tired of being stuck, why not move? Move in the direction of God, fall to your hands, your knees, and your face, and give Him your all.

Expect to pay the price of the dying of your flesh. But rejoice as you experience the magnificence of the Lord choosing to live in and through you. For His glory!

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 KJV
“Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,…” Philippians 3:8

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.” Matthew 16:24 KJV
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