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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You had faith. You held the promises. And yet you failed to receive the miracle. What went wrong? Do you just chalk it up to “God works in mysterious ways”? You shouldn’t. His ways have been revealed to us through His Word. Someone will point out that His ways are higher than ours, but when the Bible […] Continue reading →
You have problems. I have problems. It’s just the way life is. With Jesus, however, there are reasons to rejoice. You have problems, but you have a good God. God is not the one sending misery and sadness into your life. God’s not putting crosses on you, requiring any extra payment for sin. Jesus has […] Continue reading →
Are you up against a wall? Nowhere to turn? At your wits end? It’s comforting to remember that God is not intimidated by the “impossible.” God brought water out of a rock (Exodus 17:6). He can bring life and refreshment out of your hard situation. He’s a redeemer, and He loves you. Your situation may […] Continue reading →
They say you need a permit to carry a concealed weapon, but the truth is everyone is packing a loaded tongue! Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” You have the ability to release death and life. That’s […] Continue reading →
Why, of all people, was Samson mentioned as an example of faith in Hebrews 11:32? The book of Judges records his lying and self-indulgence. As a Nazirite, he was supposed to be completely consecrated to God, yet he had no qualms about breaking the law and eating from an unclean carcass. He even pursued […] Continue reading →
It only takes a short amount of time to read from chapter 12 to chapter 21 in the book of Genesis. If you read a chapter a day, it would only take 10 days. The promise that Abraham received in chapter 12, however, took 25 years before Isaac’s birth is recorded in chapter 21. That’s […] Continue reading →