The Scripture passages for today are Luke 9:57-62,14:33 and Matthew 16:24. All these verses have their central point in Jesus's words "Deny Yourself". How exactly do we deny ourselves. Man, as we know is characterized by greed. He first sets his sights on surviving, then slowly moves on to thriving. Man is never satisfied. Jesus commands his disciples to shed this character by denying themselves and taking up their crosses. The cross signifies shame and sorrow,(The other side of the Cross is victory). Every true believer may have to go through some of these feelings for following Jesus. I once heard someone say, "The believer is present only when Jesus feeds 5000,but the disciple climbs the mountain with the Master". We have to be all weather Christians not only when everything is going well for us. To become an all weather christian is to become a disciple and to become a disciple is to deny our self. I do not want to dilute what Jesus meant when He said "Deny Yourself". To illustrate the process of denying oneself, lets take the example of a Christian Youth. The young disciple will be tormented by sexual temptations in this vile world we live in. In fact, he has every right to be tempted (but not to sin,don't get me wrong). Here, only a disciple who has denied his sexual needs until marriage can follow Jesus. everyone else will find it difficult (I say impossible to meet God's standards). Moving on, Why should we deny Ourselves anyway? a very wise man once said that, " The wise learn from other people's mistakes". Look at the world for just one second. Look at the wars,murder,abortion rates,envy,crookedness,blasphemy,immorality. But ask yourself did the people of the world want all this. Certainly not, all they did was long for personal wealth, peace, happiness..etc. Look at what they got instead. Yup, the exact opposite. Our Lord says, " Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it". How true that is brothers and sisters. Losing your life doesn't mean dying. It means disregarding all your former priorities. Many a time Christians back away from denying themselves because they think its a big risk. But let me tell you if you deny yourself, God will take care of you more than you can take car of yourselves. Is there anything that is obstructing you today from denying yourself and taking up the cross. What is it that you don't want to let go yet?..Let go brother,Let go sister His hands will carry you all the way only if you did. I end this post with the Lord's words : "What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?. Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?."