“Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let
him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”
It’s not possible to follow Jesus Christ without denying yourself,
because your “self” and Jesus are opposite, both want to rule and
reign in you, but both can’t reign in the same life at the same time,
you can only have one master. It’s either your “SELF” will be your
lord or you allow Jesus as your Lord.
Salvation is the beginning of genuine Christian life with Christ
Jesus, but not the end, it is the commencement of a journey, not a
conclusion; your continuity determines your eventual destiny.
Many Christians are making a costly mistake, thinking everything
is settled after they repent and get saved, so they relax, not
knowing that salvation is to start a race of battle and forces for
heavenly kingdom; such Christians relax and eventually revert back
into their old sinful lifestyles.
Jesus Christ told His saved disciples, “if anyone desires to come
after Me” This means Jesus has gone to glory in heaven, and if
any one desires to come after HIM into the same glory, then He
said, “let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow
Me “Luke 9:23 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
After you are saved in Christ Jesus, old sinful nature and notion
will not completely vanish, your self still remains unsaved and it
will always want to pull you back into old life of sin. Our “self”
serves as a channel by which Satan tries to overpower the Spirit of
God in us. This “self” remain unchanged with our bodies, and
inspired by the kingdom of hell to pull us back into sin. James 3:6,
“…..and it is set on fire by hell”
After you are genuinely saved, that is not all, you then start to deny
your self, or else your self will reign in your life. Those preachers
and churches who preach “cash and carry” gospel and make fire
brigade altar call of “Just confess your sins and accept Jesus as
your Savior, that is all” such preachers are misguided end time
false preachers. After your salvation, you must deny yourself
daily, if not, your salvation will be lost and you will go back into
your old sins.
“2 Peter 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the
world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is
worse with them than the beginning. 2:21 For it had been better for
them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they
have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto
them. 2:22 But it is happened unto them according to the true
proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that
was washed to her wallowing in the mire.”
After you are saved, you must crucify your self or you will keep
crucifying Jesus again by putting Him to open shame, when you
go back into sin. Hebrews 6:6, “if they fall away, to renew them
again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the
Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.”
Barabbas Or Jesus?
“Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus
who is called Christ?” Matthew 27:17.
After you repent and confess your sins and become saved by the
Blood of Jesus, you need to still make a serious decision, which
will determine your destiny: Who do you want to let live in your life,
Barabbas or Jesus? Barabbas represents your old sinful lifestyle
and nature; your “Self” or Jesus Christ? Somebody must live and
somebody must be crucified. You have the choice to make, and it
is on daily basis, “who do you want to let live and reign in your life,
and who do you want to crucify?
When you allow your self to reign in you by falling into any form of
sin, then you are crucifying Jesus again in your life. On the other
way, when you deny your self from giving in to sin, it means you
are crucifying yourself and allowing Jesus to live and reign in your
life. It is simultaneous.
How To Deny Self Our identity with Christ comes clear when we
deny our “self”, and our heaven is sure at the same time then.
After we are saved, self will come again, it is still there. The
tendency to commit sin will always come again. For example, the
tendency to masturbate will come, it will
overwhelm you as if you can’t but do it, but no, you can deny it, as
long you don’t aid it or give in to it; the pressure will fade away and
you have won in Christ. You need to know that the coming of the
tendency to sin in your mind is not a sin except you give in to it.
The tendency to get angry will come, the tendency to have sexual
immorality, to lie and so on; the feeling will be overwhelming, but
all you need is to deny it – by refusing and rejecting it. When you
calm down and refuse, the overwhelming feeling will recede.
The more you deny those sinful tendencies, the more you become
stronger in Christ and your old self becomes weaker. But when you
give in once again, then you crucify Jesus and the sinful self is
energized in you. That is how many Christians rise and fall.
Though when the sinful tendency feeling comes, as it is
overwhelming as if we should give in, but we must constantly deny
it by calming down and rejecting the tendency. After you overcome
the sinful tendency, don’t relax, it will soon come again, keep
watching, praying and be at alert always. Do not think tendency to
get angry, to masturbate or commit a particular sin will not come
back simply because you overcome yesterday, the battle
continues, the race proceeds and the grace of God is abounding.
This does not comes easily, it does not come by our power and
self-determination, New Year Resolution, Transcendental
Meditation or any religious ritual; to deny our sinful self and reject
sinful tendency, we must first have genuine salvation in Christ
Jesus, that is the foundation. You surrender your life to Jesus
genuinely by repenting and confessing your sins and accepting
Jesus as your Lord, you can also rededicate your life to Jesus if
you have been falling and rising, so as to start better.
Then to deny our “self” on daily basis, we must pray and read
Bible daily. We pray for God’s grace to deny ungodliness and
Titus 2:11, 12, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has
appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and
worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the
We pray for strength to reject sinful tendencies, and we read Bible
to refresh and grow in the Spirit. Without daily prayer and Bible
reading, it is not possible for you to deny yourself. Christians who
are too lazy or busy to observe daily Bible reading, at least 2
chapters, and daily prayer at least 1hour, are those Christians who
always rise and fall, always fervent and frivolous, always forward
and backward in the Spirit. Your prayer must center on your
Christian life first, for grace and help of God, before you pray for
provision or any earthly blessing.
Make the right decision to dedicate or rededicate your life to Jesus
fully and better, and determine to deny and discipline your old
sinful self and tendency every day, every minutes – Watch!
1 Corinthians 9:27, “But I discipline my body and bring it into
subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should
“Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let