23 And he said to them all, "If any man desires to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. [To follow is to be led by the Spirit. To be led, you must persistently and patiently sit in humble silence to wait on the Lord, as you listen for his word within your heart to speak to you; then you must obey Him. Self-denial occurs by obeying the Lord's voice instead of your will, (His will, not your will); this is the inward cross of self-denial. First, He will lead you out of darkness to a sinless state; to then guide your thoughts, words, and works; which works show His glory and love to the world.]
24 For whoever desires to save his life shall lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. [When you continually deny yourself and obey the Lord's commands, you will eventually die to your selfish life on the inward cross of self-denial, and thereby save your soul to live Life in union with God.]
26 "If any man comes to me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters — yes even his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.3 [You must value the approval of the Lord far more than the approval of your family that will likely strongly oppose your obedience to some of the Lord's commands to you. You must mourn your compulsive anger, lust, emotions, and selfishness enough to hunger to be different: at peace, able to truly love, virtuous, without anger, without lust, and pleasing to your creator; if you don't hate your life, you don't have the motivation to bear the inward cross of self-denial.]
37 He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.2
28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost to see if he has the money to finish it?5 [Count the cost of forsaking all to be a disciple of Jesus and enter the kingdom, you must forsake all. He who loves his life shall lose it; and he who hates his life in this world shall keep it to life (of God) eternal. John 12:25. From the Word of the Lord within: "The sacrifice of life is given to those who can afford it. Thou art the sacrifice."]
29 Lest, after he has laid the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will mock him, [From the Word of the Lord within: I work with the blind; but if you think you can see, and you are not with me in heaven, I will make you a laughingstock.]
30 Saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish.'
31 Or what king, when he is going to make war against another king, does not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the king who comes against him with twenty thousand?
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33 So likewise, whoever does not forsake all that he has cannot be my disciple.6 [Everyone who has forsaken houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold, and will inherit everlasting life. Mat 19:29. When you continually deny yourself and obey the Lord's commands, you will forsake your entire selfish life, and thereby save your soul to live Life in union with God.]