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Dying to Self

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snow mountain

The Lord has used this in my heart over the last few days and it was too powerful to not share it with you. May the Lord help us all to die to self daily! It is an ongoing process!

Blessings,

Leah

The following poem in practical terms what self denial means for a Christian:

“When you are forgotten or neglected or purposely set at naught, and you sting and hurt with the insult or the oversight, but your heart is happy, being counted worthy to suffer for Christ-that is dying to self.

When your good is evil spoken of, when your wishes are crossed, your advice disregarded, your opinions ridiculed and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart, or even defend yourself, but take all in patient loving silence-that is dying to self.

When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, any irregularity, or any annoyance, when you can stand face to face with waste, folly, extravagance, spiritual insensibility, and endure it as Jesus endured it-that is dying to self.

When you are content with any food, any offering, any raiment, any climate, any society, any attitude, any interruption by the will of God-that is dying to self.

When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation, or to record your own good works, or itch after commendation, when you can truly love to be unknown-that is dying to self.

When you see your brother prosper and have his needs met and can honestly rejoice with him in spirit and feel no envy nor question God, while your own needs are far greater and in desperate circumstances-that is dying to self.

When you can receive correction and reproof from one of less stature than yourself, can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly, finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart-that is dying to self.”

(Bill Britton, “Dethrone the King: Dying to Self,” The Heartbeat of the Remnant, July/August, 2002, 19)

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4 thoughts on “Dying to Self

  1. Thank you for sharing, I needed this!

  2. I was just reading the verses in 1 Peter about this yesterday in my devotions! Thank you so much for sharing…I love how God works in our lives to bring things like this to our attention:)

  3. Amen and amen. The heart must be continually cultivated by the Holy Spirit to conform us to His image. Our mirrors are so very deceitful and show us only what we want to see. Thank you for these gripping thoughts.

  4. This is EXACTLY what I needed today! Thank you for posting! I just heard a sermon on the radio while we were traveling and the preacher was talking about these very things in the “Classroom of Christianity” and how Christ will revolutionize our life…unless we excuse ourselves from class all the time. He used I Peter as an example of what you are talking about and reminded us that the man who was writing these things, was the same man that chopped an ear off. The difference? Because Christ was changing his life in these things. I have been thinking much that some things are so easy to do, but things like forgiveness and doing good to those who are not good to you – can truly only be accomplished through the power of Christ in you and your own desire (because of Him) to please Him and die to self. This poem just put a giant exclamation point on the things the Lord has had on my heart all week. Thank you!!

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