John 3:30 “He must increase, but I must decrease”.
What does it mean to die to yourself?
Dying to yourself means that you are dying to your flesh desires. It means you are denying what you want on earth and giving it up for Christ. You are dying by letting go of all your sins and what you want in order to receive everything that Christ Jesus is. Die to yourself so you can live for Jesus Christ. In order to live in the faith we must give up ourselves to God and allow Him to take control. This is probably one of the simplest things, but it can seem impossible to most people although “Nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).
“And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” Luke 9:23
Dying to yourself is not giving into your fleshy desires by denying yourself. Its believing “its not worth it” because you know that Christ is worth dying for. In order to receive the Holy Spirit to live inside of you, you must deny yourself. In addition, you must deny yourself DAILY. Every single day there are temptations all around us and we must choose daily to deny those temptations and surrender ourselves to God. The thing is if you don’t give up these fleshy desires, they will consume you and you will be a slave to them by always wanting more. Always seeking for something more until one day you will realize that thing you were seeking was Jesus the whole time.
Colossians 3:5 “Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.”
Why should you deny yourself?
Because if you don’t you will surely die and not spend eternity with Jesus our Lord and Savior. If you have received Jesus in your heart, but you are not living out in the faith its time you change that. You should live out in the faith because if you don’t then all of those daily temptations will soon consume you. When you aren’t living in the faith, the world will take a hold of you and you will feel empty and longing for something more.
In this life we are searching for something. But the thing is we don’t have to. God is what we long for. God has designed us to long only and depend solely on Him. If you want true peace and serenity, then receive Jesus in your heart and let go of your flesh. Die to yourself and deny yourself and Jesus will give you the Holy Spirit which will give you everything you’ve been longing for which is peace and Life. Jesus says “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid”. (John 14:27)
Die to yourself and Live for Christ
I challenge you to change your path if you aren’t living out the Word of God. It is the road less traveled, but it is the road of true joy, peace and Life. Romans 6:11 “Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus”. Jesus died so you could spend eternity with Him. Did you know Jesus died so you wouldn’t have to suffer what He suffered. The Son of God, Jesus died so you can receive the Holy Spirit of Him. Our Lord and Savior Jesus died so you can live. Jesus died so you don’t have to have guilt, shame or bitterness. Jesus paid it all so you can spend eternity with Him. Its time you start dying to yourself daily to receive everything that He has prepared for you. Today I encourage you to live by faith and fight the good fight to which you were called (1 Timothy 6:12). Its time we rise up and live our lives for Christ!
Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.