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Friday, August 3, 2012

David Wilkerson Today Devotional, Confirmation On Last Post, A Hard Word And Truth


David Wilkerson Today

 

 

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2012

 

 

 

THE MEANING OF SELF-DENIAL AND TRUE REPENTANCE

 

by David Wilkerson

 

[May 19, 1931 - April 27, 2011]

 

 

 

Repentance means more than saying, "Lord, I am wrong."
 It also means saying,

 

"Lord, You are right!"

 

 

 

Repentance means facing the truth about your sin — 
the truth that it must end

 

now. It is a crisis moment of truth, a place of recognition
 where you admit, "I

 

cannot continue in my sin and have the Holy Ghost living in me. 
If I do, I will

 

lose everything. Lord, You're right about sin bringing
 death upon me.
 I see that

 

if I continue in it, it's going to destroy me and my family. God,
 I make no more

 

excuses."

 

 

 

Simply put, repentance is a confrontation with your sin.
 The battle
 is fought

 

before you get to the cross — it takes place as the Holy Spirit
 deals with

 

you.

 

 

 

The same is true of self-denial. In short, self-denial is a confrontation that

 

says, "Sin ends now — at this point!" Contrary to what many 
"comfort

 

preachers" say, self-denial is not some heartache you have to bear,
 or some

 

infirmity of your flesh. When Paul said, "I die daily," 
he meant simply, "I

 

have to deny that I can continue in sin and still have 
Christ's favor. I don't

 

have a special dispensation from God to hold on to a pet 
sin just because I do

 

good works. No! I agree with the Word of God and I deny
 all my rights to

 

continue in sin."

 

 

 

The glorious truth of the gospel is that if we die with Jesus,
 we also come

 

into the glory of His resurrection and into newness of life.
 His cross is our

 

cross, His death is our death, and His resurrection is our resurrection,

 

through our identification and union with Him.
 That is the real cross we bear.

 

 

 

Yet this is the cross that many so-called ministers
 of the gospel have done

 

away with. The real cross is not about lovely words 
describing our Savior's

 

suffering and bleeding on Calvary. No, the true meaning of 
the cross is that

 

Jesus bled and died to bring our sin-sick souls into
 glorious liberty and

 

freedom — to break every chain of sin that binds us.

 

 

 

 

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