Self-Denial!!!

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Have A Blessed Thursday!!! We Need To Practice Self-Denial!!!

We Need To Die To Self In Obedience; Jesus Christ Was Obedient to The Father Unto Death!!!! While some Christians alive today may be called upon to give up their life for the glory of God, most believers won’t face martyrdom. The death required of us is no less real though. We are to die to self I am not saying we need to die physically but I am saying we need to die to this flesh. We need to die to our selfishness, we need to give up our wants and serve the Lord, Our Father in Heaven. Instead of being obsessed with self get obsessed with serving the Lord.

Human beings are an independent, selfish group. We want things our way, in our time, on our terms often times not thinking of others, and not of what the Lord wants of us. However Jesus said that anyone who wanted to follow Him must deny him or herself. Of course, that covers obvious issues like sinful habits and evil thoughts. But it also means we at times decline good things because they come at the wrong time or don’t fit God’s plan. How many people are going to say no to a brand new car, new home, new job with more money because after prayer realized at that time it wasn’t what the Lord wanted? I actually know a Pastor who loves the Lord very much and his Family, and Church that said no to a new position because it would effect his, time with the Lord, his family and the Church the Lord gave him, That is dying to self, and living for the Lord. That is a example of what we are suppose to do.

To an outside observer, the Christian’s commitment to obey must seem strange, especially when hands emptied by self-denial take up a cross instead. Sometimes following the Lord involves suffering. What bystanders can’t see or experience is the deep satisfaction believers gain from doing what is right. The world doesn’t understand the joy and peace we get from serving the Lord the proper way. They don’t understand the fulfillment we get from dying to self and living for the Lord.

We as Christians often time forget we are here to glorify the Lord, We are here to serve him. Our time to relax is in eternity forever with him not here with all the lost needing the gospel. Here we are to live for him not for us. Here we are to focus on things of eternity, things for our Precious Heavenly Father he who loved us so much died on the cross at Calvary to wash our sins away the only way to Heaven. Even when self-denial hurts, obeying God brings joy. Believers who prioritize submission to Him will know what I mean. Contentment is found in drawing close to the Lord, sensing His approval, and looking forward to hearing, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO TODAY? ARE YOU GOING TO LIVE FOR YOU TODAY? OR ARE YOU GOING TO DIE TO SELF AND BE OBEDIENT TODAY?

Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Matthew 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Matthew 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
Matthew 16:28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.
Matthew 25:20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Matthew 25:22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.

Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Philippians 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Philippians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Philippians 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Philippians 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

 

HAVE THINE OWN WAY LORD

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still.
Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Search me and try me, Master, today!
Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now,
As in Thy presence humbly I bow.
Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Wounded and weary, help me, I pray!
Power, all power, surely is Thine!
Touch me and heal me, Savior divine.
Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Hold o’er my being absolute sway!
Fill with Thy Spirit ’till all shall see
Christ only, always, living in me.

 

JESUS CALLS US

Jesus calls us, o’er the tumult
Of our life’s wild, restless sea;
Day by day His sweet voice soundeth
Saying, “Christian, follow Me;”
As of old, apostles heard it
By the Galilean lake,
Turned from home and toil and kindred,
Leaving all for His dear sake.
Jesus calls us from the worship
Of the vain world’s golden store;
From each idol that would keep us,
Saying, “Christian, love Me more.”
In our joys and in our sorrows,
Days of toil and hours of ease,
Still He calls, in cares and pleasures,
“Christian, love Me more than these.”
Jesus calls us: by Thy mercies,
Saviour, may we hear Thy call,
Give our hearts to Thy obedience,
Serve and love Thee best of all.

Amen.

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

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