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Day Fifty-Three

What You Must Deny:

The Creative Power of “Let”

“And God said, Let there be light; and there was light.” Gen 1:3

            The very first recorded spoken word of God was “let.”  He said, “Let there be light”: and then there was — light.  Next: “let there be firmament”: and firmament was. Then… waters. Then — vegetation.  They had no choice.  They had to come forth.  God’s power and authority is such that the order of command imperative only had to be “let” – and it had to happen!

So when we examine what is needed for us to become disciples of Jesus Christ in Matthew 16:24, Jesus says: “If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself…”  There it is again.  The creative power of God is at work – at the same strength that was at work in the beginning at the creation of the world and all things!  “Let”!

What does this mean for us?  At the very moment you desire to be a disciple of Christ – you have at your disposal the power to become a disciple.  It must come forth in your life! However, to engage that power – you must “deny” yourself.  Before you can pick up your cross, before you can follow Him – you must “deny” yourself.  The “let” Jesus provided was the power to deny yourself!  That comes first!  And not surprisingly, it takes a level of power equivalent to creation power to “deny” ourselves: to disregard, lose sight of, and forget ourselves and our own interests.  It takes that much power to disengage from ourselves, and turn to the Creator of the Universe for the fullness of fellowship and oneness with Him.

If you have lost sight of the wonder of the first and perhaps greatest miracle performed in your life, think anew this season on the level of power Jesus Christ afforded to each of us to become His disciple – when He said, “let”.  Not for the light, nor the firmament, nor the vegetation – but for you to deny yourself!  [Let]… the significance of that provision wash over you anew in revelation, understanding, and gratitude.

Because of what He did for us on the cross, because of His command imperative “let” (him deny himself), we indeed can – and then enter into the heart of the deepest walk of fellowship, and following of Him, the very Best Gift. MERRY CHRISTMAS!



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