Matthew 16:24 - '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.'
Jesus made it clear when he taught his disciples. He said if ANY man will come after him, he must first DENY himself. What does that mean? That means, forget about what you want and what you feel you need. Forget about your childhood aspirations and dreams. Forget about your desire to be famous and people knowing your name. Forget about who you thought you were and learn about who God says YOU are. Denying yourself means fasting from your desires. It means, putting down fleshly wants and passions, to accept your true call of God and follow the teachings of Christ. In other words, to come to him, it can no longer be about you. Your miracle, your season, your harvest, your breakthrough, and your favor are all there for you, but will never be received by you until you forget about getting them! Let me put it this way. If you come to God just for these things, then you are pimping him. You don't come to God for them, you allow God to "add" them! My son doesn't have to ask me for favor, all he has to do is please me and i'll grant him favor. My daughter doesn't have to ask me for a "season"
of blessings or a "harvest" of plenty. All she has to do is please me and it's all hers! God said that if you seek his Kingdom, and his righteousness, he will "add" all these things. There are no shortcuts, there are not exceptions. God is not a slot machine and he is not a bingo game. He is a responsible father that rewards those that diligently seek after him! You cannot seek him while you are seeking a reward from him. You cannot seek him while you are always praying about yourself. You cannot seek him if you are constantly wanting things from him. You must first deny yourself before the seeking process can ever begin. Take some time, and get before him. Turn off the TV, the movies, the music, and the voices around you and get some quiet time with God. Forget about your money issues, your job issues, your personal issues, etc. and just seek his face. Humble yourself (self denial) and pray. Seek his face, turn from your wicked ways. Then he will forgive your sins and heal your land! Everything you need will be added to you. I'm a living witness that if you deny your own agenda, he will come through for you.
Suggested Reading: Ex. 15:26, Deut. 11:22, 2Chr. 7:14, Prov. 11:27, Prov. 7:15, Matt 6:33