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Luke 9:23 “Then He said to them all: ‘If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.’ “

This has to be one of the hardest verses in the Bible to do, and do well.  This verse says that if we want to follow Jesus we must make a conscious decision to renounce our old self and instead follow the example of our crucified Christ.  And no one, including Jesus, Himself, ever said it would be easy, for there is a tremendous cost to following the Lord.  Considering it takes daily getting our priorities right and properly arranging our lives so that Jesus ranks supreme in everything we do, carrying our cross becomes a trial of faith and obedience.

Colossians 3:8 ” But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.”

Ephesians 4:22 tells us to put off our old selves…or rid ourselves of our old ways.  But it’s almost impossible to do if you’re still hanging out with the same wrong friends… at places that got you in trouble before.  Putting aside our old ways  means we have to disarm our sins…exposing them to God’s truth and confessing them, but then ridding ourselves of whatever necessary to make a clean break from the past.