We most definitely can and often do!
Our denial of Jesus is not merely in what we say or not say. We can deny Christ before men, without even saying a word or among many seemingly affirming words.
Denial begins first in our heart. What we treasure is always found in our hearts; Matt 6:21. This is why we must be careful to guard our heart and pay attention to what we have stored there; Prov 4:23, for it is life to us or death!
We can learn a great deal as Jesus speaks to the Church that has denied Him in Rev 3:14-22. They believe they have it all together and in fact are of need for nothing and boast of how good they are. Yet He has not even been invited in – to those who say they believe in Him! This group has done ‘church’ without Him and in fact by their actions have denied Him access.
We may play games with God, but He does not play along with us. Our faith is empty when we deny Christ access in our lives and we will remain unchanged. For the power of God through Christ changes us to conform into His own image to all who will yield to Him.
To live as New Creations is liken to the snail that must leave his old shell before he comes into his new one. We are no different. How can we think to remain in our old habits, mindset and sins and expect change in our lives? How can we say we are of God when we still love the darkness and friends with the world? We can say it all we want but it brings us nowhere.
We deny Jesus by not taking His life, because we still want to cling to our own. We are not willing to give up our past and old ways and old hurts. We think that just because we believe in Christ all is well. Not so. The demons believe too.
If we endure,
We shall also reign with Him.
If we deny Him,
He also will deny us. 2 Tim 12:2
They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work. Titus 1:16
But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. Matt 10:33