I am by nature a rascal who cultivates pride, lust, anger and selfishness. I am inherently dishonest and can be very spiteful. There is NO WAY the beast within me can serve God. When I am acting my best I’m still a phony and a fraud! I believe I am not alone in this.
Scripture reveals that if I am to be a real disciple I must “deny myself”. There is a reason for this. Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matt 16:24, ESV).
If I attempt to be a disciple without dying, I reinterpret the terms of discipleship. This is not possible. We trick ourself if we believe this, it is a devilish lie, demonic and it leads to eternal destruction. It can be forgiven if we repent.
For instance, we live in a generation where lust is so pervasive and acceptable that no one bats an eye at pornography. Christian men (and even pastors) are addicted to porn on the internet. It is one of Satan’s most powerful weapon to shatter families and destroy marriages. We don’t realize that we are committing adultery whenever we choose porn. We are feeding the beast. Continue reading “Feeding the ‘Beast’”