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Luke 9:23-27 has these WORDS to say to each of us.
Consider them closely: “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. For whoever desires to save his LIFE will lose it, but whoever loses his LIFE for MY sake will SAVE it.
From that passage of SCRIPTURE, I gather, that whoever wishes to save his LIFE, while doing the will and desires of the devil will simply lose it.
But whoever loses that LIFE of doing the will and desires of the devil, to now doI have the will of the LIVING GOD will joyfully SAVE it!
Yet, have we each considered what is at stake?
If not, consider this WORD from Luke 14:27-30 and how the LORD poses this question:
“And whoever does not bear his cross and come after ME cannot be MY disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it - lest after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, "This man began to build and was not able to finish?”
Was not able to finish what?
Well, building his house on the ROCK solid foundation of the WORD of the LIVING GOD.You know, the foundation that the wise build our house upon.
Consider how the LORD assures us of this, saying in Mathew 7:24-27.
Consider closely how it reads:🤔
"Therefore, whoever hears these WORDS of MINE and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the ROCK; and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; but it did not fall, for it was founded on the ROCK.” [But this next passage, Beloved, speaks of those who are perishing.]
"But everyone who hears these sayings of MINE, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall."
And so Luke 9:25 asks each of
us, saying: “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and himself is destroyed or lost?"
What profit is there for anyone, if at the end of their day's here on earth," they lose their own Soul?
Absolutely none, Beloved!
And so Brethren,
Our LORD calls us to deny ourselves, and to follow HIM, Who is the WORD of the LIVING GOD.
Yes, JESUS, the One we call LORD, by our obedience to GOD'S LIFE-GIVING WORD.
Yet, denying ourselves things, and denying ourself, is not nearly the same thing.
Consider this WORD from Mathew 16:24-26 and how the LORD makes this absolutely clear by saying: “If anyone desires to come after ME, let him deny himself and follow ME.”
With the words let and deny himself, the LORD is implying that we are to be willing to deny our selfish will, ways, and desires.
Yes, and to follow by obedience, the GOD Who with HIS WORD gave us LIFE! That we might know, that with HIS WORD, GOD is offering us Everlasting LIFE.
For in John 10:10, the LORD HIMSELF, makes this affirmative statement, saying this about Satan: “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have LIFE, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
Do you remember our LORD Who exclaims in John 14:6, saying: “I AM The WAY, The TRUTH, and The LIFE; no one comes to The FATHER except by ME?”
HE is our LIFE, Beloved Brethren!
And we've been called to FAITHFULLY cling to HIM.
Consider how Deuteronomy 30:20 makes this absolutely clear by saying: “That you may LOVE The LORD your GOD, that you may obey HIS VOICE, and that you may cling to HIM, for HE is your LIFE and the length of your days.”
Surely, we have no doubt about what the WORD of the LIVING GOD says?
That no one can approach the FATHER except by JESUS? Right!
Without first clinging to HIM, Who with HIS WORD created everything, and gave to each of us, LIFE?
Yes, without first acknowledging that HE Who affirms that HE is The WAY, The TRUTH, and The LIFE, can by no means tell a lie. Why?
Well, because it is impossible for GOD to lie!
Lying is a sin, Beloved.
And GOD is not a sinner!
So once we acknowledge that TRUTH, GOD calls us to take up our Cross and follow HIS LIFE-GIVING WORD, by our obedience to HIM.
So in Luke 9:23, Beloved, the WORD of the LIVING GOD teaches us Believers to, “take up our cross daily,” and emphasizes a continual dying to our self-will.
Yes, die to doing what Satan himself did in doing his own will.
We are the embrace the will of our FATHER who is the WORD of the LIVING GOD, JESUS CHRIST.
I don't know how it is for you, but I find it easier to give up things than to give myself entirely in obedience to GOD. But nonetheless, just as our LORD gave HIMSELF to doing the will of GOD. So also must we give ourselves to doing the will of GOD.
Do you remember when the LORD was faced with drinking in the cup of our iniquity and sins?
And HE made this statement from Luke 22:42 saying, "FATHER, if it is YOUR will, take this cup away from ME; nevertheless, not my will, but YOURS, be done.”
To those who heed the WORD of the LIVING GOD, and deny themselves, and seek to do the will of the LIVING GOD.
The LORD promises, “Whoever loses his LIFE for MY sake, will "SAVE it.”
But please, once again, consider this question that's posed to each of us; What profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?
In other words, is himself destroyed?
Yes! There is absolutely no profit!
So let us walk after obedience to JESUS.
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