The Two Edged Sword

Jesus calls people to deny their own self and follow Him: "If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it." (Luke 9:23)

And yet Jesus promises abundant life, more than any human can contain: "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10)

So which Jesus do you follow? Which life path are you taking? Which is the right one? Both! We can't ignore half of the gospel and yet receive all of God's promises. But how can we trek down two paths that are polar opposites?

Your adversary, the devil, will settle for letting you march carefully down either path, as long as you stay away from the other, for a Christian with no balance is no threat to him. Believers who always deny themselves will never walk in the level of faith that gets results from heaven. And believers who never deny themselves will lack the spiritual authority to overcome the enemy.

Deny your carnal self and build your spiritual life abundantly by faith. We are called to live in Spirit and not in the flesh. Just denying your flesh but not living in spirit will not help nor building your spirit and not denying your flesh will work.

Jesus is calling us to put the two together.

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