Daily Living

Denying Self

Thoughts by Pastor Brad...

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:13. Ellen White comments on this passage by saying; “It is not only at the beginning of the Christian life that this renunciation of self is to be made. At every advance step heaven-ward it is to be renewed. All our good works are dependent on a power outside of ourselves; therefore, there needs to be a continual reaching out of the heart after God, a constant, earnest confession of sin and humbling of the soul before Him.”  Are you continually deny self today?  What is self?  Self is your natural inclinations, your sinful nature at work.  We must deny the desires of our sinful flesh not to be saved but because we are saved.  It is a continual work to reach out to God and confess our sins so that we can be filled with the Spirit.  We are dependent on God for everything.  Even repentance and confession of sin are gifts from God that need to opened daily.  Lord give us the wisdom to open our arms toward heaven today and receive the ability to deny our sinful desires and be filled with Your Spirit.