DENY YOURSELF, THEN TAKE THE CROSSMemory VerseMark 8:34 KJV34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.TextMark 8:34-37 KJV34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. 36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?INTRODUCTIONToday we are looking at the topic deny yourself, then take the cross, it is very very important brethren to deny ourselves of certain things in life for us to move forward, their is no way we can prosper without denying ourselves of certain things in life.We’re prospering in our jobs, businesses and carriers is because we denied ourselves of certain things.
In our memory verse, the Lord was teaching and He said whosoever will follow Him must first deny himself or herself before carrying the cross, a lot of people tried to carry the cross in the sense that they can follow the Lord but they didn’t deny themselves and what happened at the end the cross was too heavy for them to carry, they fell and the cross crushed them.The Lord knew that is not possible for us as human beings to follow Him without deny ourselves because He knows that we have a lot of limitations as human beings, our flesh is number one and following the Lord requires us to be in the spirit always, the bible says in Galatians 5:17 KJV17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.Our flesh is one of the enemies of spiritual things, the Lord was indirectly telling us that we must one way or the other kill the flesh.Brethren, either we like it or not, we have to carry the cross for our own benefit here on earth and eternity, so the issue of denying our self is necessary and compulsory, I pray the Lord will give us better understanding of this lesson in the name of Jesus,WHY IS IT NECESSARY TO DENY OURSELVES BEFORE WE CARRY THE CROSS- It is necessary to deny ourselves first before we carry the cross because without we denying ourselves we can’t be a serious Christian.
– It’s necessary so that the cross will not crush us.- One could be exposed to danger and attack, it’s like going into the battle field without weapon.IN WHAT WAY CAN WE DENY OURSELVES BEFORE WE CARRY THE CROSS & FOLLOW THE LORD- This first thing we need to do is to be determined and discipline ourselves – Reading the word of God and practice it- We must kill the flesh by allowing our spirit to rule over the flesh. (Prayer and fasting)CONCLUSION It’s necessary and important to follow the Lord with everything in us and there’s no other way to achieve that than to deny ourselves as the Lord said in our memory verse, I pray that the Lord will help us in the name of Jesus.Prayer points Oh Lord give me the grace to deny my self so that I can follow you with everything in me.You the enemies of God in my life die by thunder