I was in my car listening to the audio bible when I heard the words “deny yourselves” in Leviticus. It was God speaking to Moses. It is the same person who said “deny yourself and take up the cross”. The problem with many people is that they forget that Jesus was speaking to Jews in their mother tongue and in the context of their culture. As such to a Jew denying yourself is to rest on the Sabbath God provided.
We cannot take what is in the eastern culture and try to apply it in our western culture. This is why there is so much confusion in the church today. Paul in fact says that he has actually deny himself by dying to the law. He took up the cross by being crucified with Christ. He also has “followed Jesus”, when Christ now lives in him.
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