Sometimes we have to deny our earthly selves. We may have to say no to our earthly wants and desires. We may have to deny ourselves things that will only give us short-term satisfaction. When we deny ourselves earthly things, we need to focus on Heavenly things! We need to pick up our cross each day and choose to follow Jesus. We need to study God's Word, learn from Him, talk with Him, and learn how we are to walk in His ways. It may be hard to say no to ourselves and to deny ourselves, but the rewards in Heaven will be greater and longer-lasting than anything we may say yes to on earth!
Be willing to deny yourself short-term satisfaction for eternal, Heavenly rewards!
Thank You for reminding me to pick up my cross each and every day. Help me to always talk to, listen to, and learn from You so that I can follow Your ways for my life. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.