KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 16:25 (KJV) “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”
WHEN a man loves himself rather than loving God, it gives SATAN easy access to control and manipulate that person’s life. The scripture clearly reveals that those who love themselves and so walk according their own wisdom and understanding, would rather lose their lives. Anyone who fails to trust his life into God’s hands, has willingly given his life over to Satan. According to 2 Timothy 3:1&2, the last days would be characterized by perilous times, because, men would be lovers of themselves, meaning they would not love God. The result of such an action is that Satan or devils would be in charge over their affairs, bringing his hardship on them.
Satan or devils has a high influence over the man who has a very high regard for his flesh. The Lord therefore suggests that to escape Satan and demonic control one must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Him. The Lord states in effect of this, that, he that would lose his life for him, would rather secure it from the devil. The one who saves his life, that is lives for himself and satisfies his longings against the word of God, will lose it, because the devil will have a very easy access to control him. The Christian who takes bride, lives in fornication, or any sinful way, against God’s word, has cheaply given his life over to Satan.
Peter reprimanded the Lord because he was considering the pain, shame and loss through dying. All these are choices of the self or the flesh against God’s way. To go this way is on the path of defeat. Hardly did Peter know that Satan had taken over his tongue, because he wanted to protect Jesus against God’s way Dear one, no matter how painful it may be, choosing God’s way is always salvation.
My mind is made up, I do not lean on my own understanding, in all my ways I acknowledge Him, and chose his path.
Proverbs 3:5-7 (KJV). Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.