Deny yourself. This statement continues to surface this week in my daily devotions, bible study and even as I tune in to radio programs. God uses any and all means to get His point across. So what does it mean to deny myself?
After accepting Christ, there are obvious things we walk away from. We turn from old activities and even old friends in order to keep fleshly desires at bay. Denying ourselves pleasures and comforts that we know are not in line with God’s will is just part of our journey. God enables us to do so. He promises in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that” No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” He is awesome that way.
But what I am hearing this time is different. He is telling me ....
· Deny yourself the right to complain.
· Deny yourself the desire to be in control.
· Deny yourself the liberty to spout off your opinion.
· Deny yourself the freedom to criticize.
Okay, God, I hear you! Loud and clear! But, oh my goodness, these are even harder than the big things!
Despite the negative sound of the word “deny,” denying ourselves any and all of these things is anything but. It produces peace and allows God to do great works in our lives. When we let go of our agendas and emotions, amazing things happen. So, deny and accept. Die to self and live. And just wait and see how God uses you and me to further His kingdom.
Prayer: Father God, help me to seek your will and not my own in all that I say and do. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen