Words from the Heart for Friday July 30th, 2021

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”

Matthew 16:24 (KJV)

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Self-Denial

There are a number of reasons why you might be denied entry to Canada. One reason can be because of inadmissibility. Inadmissibility issues can range from minor to major offenses such as DUI, felony, health reasons, theft etc. If you committed a crime inside or outside of Canada, then you will be criminally inadmissible. You can also be denied because of your medical record. Your medical concerns may pose a burden on the Canadian healthcare or be a health hazard to other Canadians and thus it would make you medically inadmissible.

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Even the youngest of children can make it so clear what they want. They don’t have to be taught how to throw a tantrum trying to get their way. Some children are more strong-willed than others, but from birth, babies will let parents know what they need and want. Which makes what Jesus calls us to so challenging. In Matthew 16:24 we read: “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, ‘If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.’” The kingdom of God always turns the principles of the world on their head, and nowhere is this more obvious than here. The world tells us to do whatever we want in order to have our needs and wants met. Jesus tells us to deny ourselves in order to follow him. The world says that we come first. Jesus tells us that He comes first and so others come second. If you really want to be a follower of Jesus, you are called by Jesus Himself to lay down your own selfish ambition and wants, and singleheartedly seek Him and His will for your life. Will you?

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley