November 24, 2023 Daily Devotion

You Have the Power to Say No!

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

Mathew 16:24

In “New Morning Mercies” by Paul David Tripp, he writes a poem that reflects God’s calling to deny yourself and then blesses you with the power of the Holy Spirit to have the power to say no.

You have called me to say no. Not no to you or no to others, but no to myself.
I must say no to selfish desires, wrong thoughts, and dangerous emotions.
I must say no to the world’s values, sin’s temptations, and my desire to control what only God can rule.
But left to myself, I have little desire or power to say no. So, you have given me exactly what I need.
It is the only thing that will solve my problem. You have given me your Spirit.
So, when necessary, I am able to say no.

That Spirt is Love and Love connects all that is good.

Brothers and sisters in Christ,

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