Luke 9:23 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.
Do you deny yourself daily to follow Christ? Two of the Four Legs (see link below) are about denial of self, fasting and sowing.
Giving money is denying yourself the right to spend it. The devil sure as heck doesn't want you giving money to churches, men of God, or the poor, and he will supply you with all kinds of great truthy sounding excuses not to give! But the Bible is clear, we give, we sow, we tithe. So do you follow the devil with your money, or do you deny yourself and follow Christ?
Fasting is all about denial of self. I want a cheeseburger, and a milkshake, candy, an energy drink. A constant stream of advertising for stuff we shouldn't be eating has stolen our health, made us obese and is killing us off as a society. Let's see, who came to kill, steal, and destroy? The opposite of fasting is gluttony, giving in rather than denying self. So do you follow the devils path or do deny yourself and follow Christ?
Listen, I get it, many churches spew lukewarm stuff of their mouths hoping people will just come back next week. You may never have heard this stuff before. They often don't teach and address the deep stuff like denial of self, fasting and prayer, giving money. That's why we don't follow a church, a denomination, a doctrine, we follow the Word of God.
So lets get after it. Deny yourself. Seek God, His kingdom, His righteousness. And all these things will start to fall into place in your life. All these stresses will fall away. All these situations will resolve themselves as you deny yourself, pick up your cross, and follow Jesus.
James Disciple Johnson
Natl President and Founder
Disciple Christian Motorcycle Club
This blog: Deny Yourself, Follow Christ http://disciplecmcblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/deny-yourself-follow-christ.html
The Four Legs Blog: The Four Legs: WORD & PRAYER TIME, WORSHIP MUSIC TIME, FASTING, GIVING http://disciplecmcblog.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-four-legs-word-prayer-time-worship.html