Denying Self…

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      What did Jesus really mean when He said,
      “Whoever desires to come after Me,
      let him deny himself

      Mark 8:34

Did Jesus want us to give up all that we have,,
… our families, our comfort, our belongings,
… in order to follow Him?

No, not at all,
In fact right afterwards Jesus explained what He meant,

      For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world,
      and loses his own soul?
      Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
      Mark 8:36-37

In other words,
It is not about what you have,
… but about what has you!

      What price have you paid to have what you have?
      Did you compromise to get what you’ve got?

God wants us to prosper,
… and have our needs and desires met,
according to His riches in glory, (Phil.4:19)
… and not according to our efforts and scheming.

      Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things
      and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
      3 John 2

Jesus was saying that following Him means,
… doing things according to His standard,
… by denying our way of thinking,
and doing what we do with others in mind.

      If your focus is on others,
      … then your life will be fruitful,
      and your soul will be prospering!
      That is how you deny self!