How Do I Deny Myself?

31 Aug

Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that. Galatians 2:20 (The Message)

So the question is, “How do I deny myself?”  Andrew Murray has more to say on this subject:

“Beware!  Remember that Christ descended into death and the grave and it is in the death of self, following Jesus to the uttermost, that the deliverance and the life will come.

And now, what is the use that we are to make of this lesson of the Master?  The first lesson will be that we should take time, and that we should humble ourselves before God, at the thought of what this self is in us; put down to the account of the self every sin, every shortcoming, all failure, and all that has been dishonoring to God, and then say, ‘Lord, this is what I am;’ and then let us allow the blessed Jesus Christ to take entire control of our life, in the faith that His life can be ours.” ~ The Master’s Indwelling

3 Responses to “How Do I Deny Myself?”

  1. P Allan Leitner August 31, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    To deny yourself = To accept daily what the Cross has already accomplished.

    • susanjean September 12, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

      Sorry it took me so long to respond, but I love your definition. Do you think accepting daily what the cross has already accomplished has to do with dying to your self-will??

      • P Allan Leitner November 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

        I just saw your reply…

        Yes… Conviction by the Spirit of God worked out in God’s plan gives us opportunities to die to our self-life. But, In order to be free to say “no” we must have the greater “Yes” of the grace and mercy of God clearly in our sight ( 2 Corinthians 1:20).

        So, We do not deny the existence of that “old sinful nature” (Romans 6), that nature that we will be saddled with until we are face to face with God in Heaven, we come face-to-face with it and that we now have a new nature that cannot sin (1 John 3:6). The cross is our bridge to live a new life free from “consciousness of sin”. In other words we affirm our new birth and position as heirs of God’s kingdom through grace. We don’t deny that we have an old nature (1 John 1:10) and we confess acts of sin and God is faithful and just to cleanse us (1 John 1:9), after we commit acts that reflect that we have been operating in the old way of life.God has made a way for us to deal with “sins” and not function in the “old nature” (1 John 2:1). At the same time SIN is never our identity now because of the cross.

        If we try to deny self through our own power we will find we are in a struggle that will cause us much sorrow (1 Corinthians 15:56 ). If we live reckoning our selves “dead indeed unto sin and alive unto God” (Romans 6:11) we will find that we have power to say Yes to God and as we see Christ and live in transformation (2 Corinthians 3:18) by looking to those things above (Colossians 3:1) anything else will loose it’s attraction… and it’s grip on our affections.

        So… by “accepting what the cross has already accomplished” we are free to live in the power of this new life (Romans 7:6).

        As long as we are conscious of our sin, as our identity, we will live in cycles of struggle. Victory for a while… then defeat. The Cross road is the upper highway of Isaiah 35:8-9 “And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:”

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