http://bible.com/111/mrk.8.34-35.niv Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.
30 Day Fast for Me
This fast has been eye opening and has answered many questions I have. Some things I have kept up with and some I struggle with. I have been writing but have found it difficult to get it to the blog. This is why this is a 7 day post! I also had some caffeine. The first time was on purpose and it wasn’t all that great. The second time I didn’t even think about it as I sat at my girlfriend’s table, poured and drank a cold glass of iced tea! It just happened. This made me realize that I need to be more cognizant of what I do and eat.
This scripture resonates with me as it says DENY. How hard it is for us to deny ourselves, in this time of immediate gratification . We always think that we should have what we want when we want it but is that the way God has it set up?
“Deny yourself and take up your cross and follow me”. Remove all that is stopping you, embrace your sins and fears and release them. You have to be able to see the truth in yourself, not to tear yourself down but to be honest and clear with yourself and God. That way God is able to help you because you are then surrendering control over YOU. When you follow God, He will lead you down a path that you didn’t even realize could be for you.
The next part is tricky. “If you want to live your life, you will lose it but if you give up your life for God He will save it.” Again we must stop being so selfish and doing what WE want to do. In following God and living for Him we will ultimately live eternally. If we continue to live as we want we will not be able to reach the Kingdom of Heaven. We have to deny ourselves what we THINK we want and let God give us what we need.
That’s why it’s hard to fast. You are denying yourself something that you feel you can’t live without. Some may do it with food and not eat or limit their intake. Or some may do like I am and remove certain items or behaviors from their everyday existence. When you are doing it with God’s help you realize that you really never needed anyway. But we never learn this unless we deny.
Please help me to deny those things that take me away from you. Help me keep what you have for me in the forefront and to follow your word. In Jesus ‘ name I pray, Amen