"If any man will come after me, let him deny himself..." Matthew 16:24 To deny self means to deny self-importance self-competence self-direction self-motivation self-accomplishment self-glorification self-determination self-approval self-justification. To deny self means to realize we are nothing apart from Jesus. Such a realization may come as a shock. It is not natural to surrender control of our lives to someone else. The very basis of our culture, our democratic way of life, lies in the belief that each person is in control of his own fate. Denial of our right to decide our own course goes against everything the world has taught us. To live and function within this state of denial, we must constantly abide in Jesus. Only such abiding will enable us to accept his decisions and become all he wants us to be.