It’s been said, “what goes up must come down.” However, when it comes to spiritual life, the reverse is true. What goes down must come up! In order to be exalted one must first be humbled. in order to experience resurrection life, one must first go through death. And one must die to self in order to live unto God.
Die to self! The very thought of it conjures up the old legalistic preaching that used to make me feel like a struggling worm. The concept is hardly considered much in the mainstream church today. We are all busy teaching about grace and how to get ahead in life by faith.
Nothing wrong with that, but if we miss the biblical truth about self denial we miss a key element in our spiritual advance. The truth is that dying to self doesn’t have to be legalistic, but is in fact the doorway to freedom and power.
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. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it (Matthew 16:24-25).
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A modern day missions memoir- over 20 years in the making! Learn how God, the Grace Agent, infiltrated the life of a self-centered guy and led him to the remote corners of the earth! Get in on the adventure and get encouraged in this fast and fun read (186 pages). Learn how God empowers us by […] Continue reading →
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword… (Hebrews 4:12). The Bible is a supernatural book that can bring power into our lives. Yet many read it without any profit and remain powerless. If that’s the case, a different approach is necessary. Come to the Word with prayer, […] Continue reading →
I lived in China for 18 years. One of the things I appreciated about Chinese culture was the way people greeted each other in passing. The Chinese greet each other saying, “Have you eaten yet?” It’s easy enough to answer. There’s no glossing over how you really feel. You simply say yes or no! […] Continue reading →
I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil. (Rom.16:19). Abstain from every form of evil. (1Thess.5:22). ARE YOU FASCINATED with evil? It’s a strange question to ask Christians, yet there’s a general fascination with evil in our culture. Just consider all the modern films that depict magic and […] Continue reading →
The presidential election is big, but there’s a greater election that God-fearing citizens should be concerned with- their own! You may not be running for president, but if you’ve trusted in Jesus as your personal lord and savior, you’ve been called to a high office. You’ve been called to “walk worthy of the Lord unto […] Continue reading →
I had a conversation with a man in China that shocked me. I told him where I was from, and a little bit about my marriage and family. He asked if my wife was Chinese, and I said no. Then he asked me, “Do you have a girlfriend?” “A girlfriend?” I asked. “My girlfriend is […] Continue reading →