Deny yourself

In a world that promotes living for yourself and pleasing any and every desire that you may have, denying oneself is somewhat foreign. To the world, it is offensive and almost insanity to require a person to do something contrary to their undeniably real desires; however, this is the very requirement given to those who desire to be a disciple of Christ.

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (Luke 9:23, NIV)

Being a disciple of Jesus is literally a new way of living. When you made Jesus the Lord of your life, you essentially gave up your right to live for / please yourself. We may, at times, have sinful desires and may be tempted by them; nevertheless, the same power that restrained Jesus when