Greetings to God the Father, Son and Spirit, the blessed, wonderful angels (hi angels) and to all the saints in Christ. As I reread yesterday’s blog, I asked the Lord to make me more like Him, because His example is the only way that I can become the daughter of God that I was designed to be. We saw in Matthew 16: 24-26 that Jesus killed His own natural desires to save His body in the following statement – “if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” He challenges the believer to follow His own example by denying himself. In His case, it was denying His desire to live and escape the humiliating death of the cross. Therefore, if we save our lives, keep our way, walk after our own desires, we will lose the eternal life and spiritual revelation, fullness of sonship that He has in store for us. We may be saved, yes, but by the skin of our teeth, as in 1 Corinthians 3: 15. Yesterday we saw how He killed the flesh and He also avoided futile disputes in order to fulfill prophecy spoken of Him (Mt 12: 9-15). We learnt that He focused on pleasing God and not man (Mt 6: 31-34). He killed the flesh by preventing the demons from exposing His identity. This may thrill some of us, but like the demon that drew attention to Paul, Jesus realized that the demons could easily have become the focus of attention. He did not need the praise of devils. They believe and tremble but do not repent (Mk 3: 10 – 11). He also killed the flesh by withholding certain thrilling information from the general public that would have caused them to crown Him as King of the Jews. For example, He forbade the disciples to speak of the transfiguration in which Moses and Elijah, the most respected Jewish prophets, appeared to Him (Mk 9: 1-9). In other words, He could have used His affiliation with these Jewish heros to get ahead. However, being crowned as king was not His purpose and furthermore, (sic) He did not need this association to prove who He was since He existed long before any of them (before Abraham was, I am – Jn 8: 58). Have you ever been faced with a personal situation such as this? This is how you know who your true friends are. The people who God aligns you with in your time of adversity (I am not talking about those who align with you to kill you, like Judas did) are most likely the ones who will stick with you through thick and thin. Beware of the crowd that wait to follow closely when you become rich, famous and popular. Blessings and more to come!

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