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If Anyone Wants to Follow after the Lord, Let Him Deny Himself

If Anyone Wants to Follow after the Lord, Let Him Deny Himself

Let's Pray:

Lord, in our being there is the capacity to always make mistakes. We trust in You to deliver us that we may learn how to reject, how to deny, ourselves. Amen.

Hymn: Oh, what a life! Oh, what a peace  https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/499

Key Versefor Pray-reading:
Mark 8:34And He called the crowd to Him with His disciples and said to them, If anyone wants to follow after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.
Footnotes:
     Three terms in Matt. 16:23-25 are related to one another: mind, himself, and soul-life. Our mind is the expression of our (self), and our self is the embodiment of our (soul-life). Our soul-life is embodied in and lived out by our self, and our self is expressed through our (mind), our thought, our concept, our opinion. When we set our mind not on the things of God but on the things of men, our mind grasps the opportunity to act and express (itself). This was what happened with Peter. Hence, the Lord's subsequent word indicated that Peter had to (deny) himself, i.e., not save his soul-life but lose it. This is to take up the cross. (See Matt. 16:24 note 2)

Tomorrow: If the Salt Becomes Unsalty, with What Will You Restore Its Saltiness?

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