Daily Devotion: Denying Yourself to Gain Your Life

When Jesus said, “Follow me,” to His disciples, it was an invitation to leave everything behind and allow Him to become their “everything.”  He still invites us to do that today.  We cannot follow Him with a divided heart.  We cannot follow our desires and His desires for us at the same time.  It is our INTENT that sets us apart and makes us followers of Christ.

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So what are we to do?  Give up our desires and allow His direction for our lives become our compass.  He alone sees ahead.  He alone can guide us. He alone can give you the “want to” that you’re desperately missing in your life.

If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. (Mark 8:34, NIV)

Believe it or not, your weight issue is important to Jesus.  What’s important to you is important to Him!  This is a little quote I teach the kids in my choir at church:

He’s the God of big things.  He’s the God of small things.  He’s the God of all things.” (author unknown)

Jesus can give you the “want to” in your weight loss journey.  It’s not going to be easy because that journey starts with SELF DENIAL.

“With Jesus, if we want to gain, we must give up.  If we want to be filled, we must deny ourselves.  If we want to be truly close to God, we’ll have to distance ourselves from other things.  If we want to conquer our cravings, we’ll have to redirect them to God.”  (Lysa TerKeurst, Made to Crave)

What unhealthy cravings or desires are you ready to deny so that you will truly live?

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