This morning for devotions Victor and I had a short Bible study on self denial.
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luk 9:23).
Deny — deny oneself, to refrain from satisfying one’s desires or needs; practice self-denial.
Selfish — devoted to or caring only for oneself; concerned primarily with one’s own interests, benefits, welfare, etc., regardless of others.
We are called to a life of daily self denial:
–fasting (Luk 5:35)
–being ridiculed (Mar 3:21 Act 26:24)
–seeking the good of others above our own (1Cor 10:24, 10:33, 13:5 Phil 2:21)
–to think lowly of oursleves and our views (Rom 12:3, 12:13, 1Cor 15:10)
–We can deny self or deny Christ.
–If we deny him he also will deny us. 2Tim 2:12
1. Which will you do, deny self or deny Jesus?
2. When is the last time you fasted for a full day?
3. Are you seeking the good of the brethren over your own good?