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  • Deny Yourself

    2 posts, 2 voices, 354 views, started May 19, 2009

    Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 by Denise Richardson

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      Deny Yourself

      Matt. 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.  

      In a time where everything is about “self“, it’s getting harder and harder to
      deny ourselves. Our flesh is getting fed so much these days and our spirit
      man is suffering because of it. You see, the real battle is between the flesh
      and the spirit. Though we wrestle not against flesh and blood when it comes
      to fighting the devil, we do fight and war with our flesh when it comes to
      holiness and
      righteous living. I’m telling you, the devil’s job is getting easier and easier
      these
      days because most of the problems we are having as millennium Christians is
      our own desire to be pleased! We keep striving for more money, more fame, more
      acknowledgments, and more pleasure while our spirit man is poor and
      unmotivated. Many of us are being led by ministries and preachers that are
      self promoters, money hungry people that teach us half truths to profit from it.
      It’s a sad day when ALL of the sermons you receive are about what God is
      gonna do for you and how God is gonna bring you out. Haven’t you noticed...
      it’s all about US these days! Miracle, season, harvest, breakthrough, and favor!
      It’s all about what we are owed by God and how we can get it from him. Self,
      self, SELF! But what does God get?

      Jesus made it clear when he taught his disciples. He said if ANY man will come
      after him, he must first DENY himself. What does that mean? That means, forget
      about what you want and what you feel you need. Forget about your childhood
      aspirations and dreams. Forget about your desire to be famous and people knowing
      your name. Forget about who you thought you were and learn about who
      God says YOU are. Denying yourself means fasting from your desires. It means,
      putting down fleshly wants and passions, to accept your true call of God and
      follow the teachings of Christ. In other words, to come to him, it can no longer  

      be about you. Your miracle, your season, your harvest, your breakthrough, and
      your favor are all there for you, but will never be received by you until you
      forget
      about getting them! Let me put it this way. If you come to God just for these
      things,
      then you are pimping him. You don’t come to God for them, you allow God
      to “add” them! My son doesn’t have to ask me for favor, all he has to do is
      please
      me and i’ll grant him favor. My daughter doesn’t have to ask me for a “season”
      of blessings or a “harvest” of plenty. All she has to do is please me and it’s
      all hers! God said that if you seek his Kingdom, and his righteousness, he
      will “add” all these things. There are no shortcuts, there are not exceptions.
      God is
      not a slot machine and he is not a bingo game. He is a responsible father that
      rewards those that diligently seek after him! You cannot seek him while you are
      seeking a reward from him. You cannot seek him while you are always praying
      about yourself. You cannot seek him if you are constantly wanting things from
      him.
      You must first deny yourself before the seeking process can ever begin. Take
      some
      time, and get before him. Turn off the TV, the movies, the music, and the voices
      around
      you and get some quiet time with God. Forget about your money issues, your
      job issues, your personal issues, etc. and just seek his face. Humble yourself
      (self denial) and pray. Seek his face, turn from your wicked ways. Then he will
      forgive your sins and heal your land! Everything you need will be added to you.
      I’m
      a living witness that if you deny your own agenda, he will come through for you.

      Suggested Reading: Ex. 15:26, Deut. 11:22, 2Chr. 7:14, Prov. 11:27, Prov. 7:15,
      Matt 6:33

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