"Then he said to them all: If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." NIV
"And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." KJV
When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, we begin to focus on getting sin out of our lives. When we do that, we miss the point of being servants of the living God. We must give up our right to ourselves, hand over the ownership of our lives to God. Then, we walk as new creatures in complete obedience to Him. Yes, this is a very difficult thing to do. That's why Jesus told us to take up this cross 'daily.' We have to work out our salvation every day because there is a natural struggle between our right to our own lives and walking in total obedience to the Him. He will get sin out of our lives.
Heavenly Father, it is so hard to give up our own thoughts, feelings, and desires. But You have told us we must die to self and live unto You. Help us to take up this cross and follow You so that we will glorify You as Your holy people. In Jesus' name, Amen.