Making provision for the flesh (2)

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By Femi Aribisala

Jesus says: “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23).  This is tantamount to saying: “If anyone wants to follow me let him follow me.”

Following Jesus is not easy.  It does not agree with the desires of the flesh and of the mind.  In order to follow Jesus, you have to be born again.  In order to follow Jesus, you have to be spiritual.  In order to follow Jesus, you have to be spiritually-minded.  In order to follow Jesus, you have to be re-created in the true image and likeness of Christ.

Denying self

Should you choose to follow Jesus, then Christ must be at the center of your life.  Indeed, Christ becomes your life. (Colossians 3:4).  That means you no longer exist but must allow yourself to die to self.  It means you no longer belong to yourself: you now belong to God.

Accordingly, Paul says: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but…



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