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					DYING TO SELF An offensive message The message of the cross Self esteem… The State of California authorized $750,000 to study whether there is a relationship between lack of selfesteem and social problems. David L. Kirk, for the San Francisco Examiner: ―There is precious little evidence that self-esteem is the cause of our social ills... Those social scientists looked hard ... but they could detect essentially no cause-and-effect link between self-esteem and problematic behaviour, whether it’s teen pregnancy, drug use or child abuse.‖ A study already done of 200 criminals at St. Elizabeth's hospital led them to the conclusion that there was not a single criminal "who believed he was evil. Each criminal thought of himself as a basically good person... even while planning a crime." A Professor Baumeister has found that people with high self-esteem tend to have low self-control. His excellent research lays the self-esteem myth to waste. Criminals, he has discovered, do not suffer from low self-esteem. They are not acting out their outrage at being oppressed, suppressed and abused. They are dangerous because they are narcissists. They believe

that what they want, they deserve to have, and the ends justify the means. Baumeister found that spouse abusers, gang members, and violent criminals all have high selfesteem… Has there ever been a greater proliferation of books on "self" available than we see today? Books on self-esteem, self-image, selfconfidence, selfassertion and self-love have become instant best sellers. There are many books about self worth… Love Yourself, The Art of Learning to Love Yourself, Celebrate Yourself, Self Esteem, Building an Adequate Self-Concept, Improving Your Self-Image, A Biblical View of Self-Acceptance… Paul warned us that in the last days one of the characteristics of the age would be that "men would be lovers of self." (II Timothy 3:2). Vance Havner: The devil is not fighting religion; he is too smart for that. He is producing a counterfeit Christianity so much like the real one that good Christians are afraid to speak out against it. … We are plainly told in the Scriptures that in the last days men will not endure sound doctrine and will depart from the truth and heap to themselves teachers to tickle their ears. We live in an epidemic of this itch,

and popular preachers have developed ear-tickling to a fine art. Today, the angle is to avoid "negative" preaching and accentuate only the positive. John 12:24-25 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal." One little seed That one little seed isn't going to do much until it falls into the ground and dies. Every farmer knows that. BUT, if it dies it will bring forth much fruit. We, as seed, must fall into the ground and die or we produce nothing. BUT if we are dead to self and sin we will bring forth much fruit. For fruit to happen the seed has to break.  Dying to self  Dying to our ego  Dying to our fleshly desires

Matthew 16:24-25 "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." Letting go Embracing His will. A.W. Tozer: The victorious Christian neither exalts nor downgrades himself. His interests have shifted from self to Christ. What he is or is not no longer concerns him. He believes that he has been crucified with Christ and he is not willing either to praise or deprecate such a man. Galatians 2:20 "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." F. J. Heugel says: ―We are so addicted to self, so wrapped up in self, so entwined with self, so infatuated with self, that our spiritual natures cannot be centered in God by means of a deep union of love without a violent contradiction of our old

natures. This is the secret of the Cross. It does violence to corrupt human nature. It slays the old flesh, the self life.‖ Galatians 5:24 "And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts." Dead or alive Place of humility Who gets the credit? It is amazing and wonderful what God can do to and through someone who does not care who gets the credit and glory for what happens. God says, "My glory will I not give to another" Isa. 42:8. If people and pastor are dead to self, they are totally unmoved or untouched by praise of people or the lack thereof. Our agenda Our ego Our rights Our desires Our convenience Intimacy with God grows from dying to self ―I cannot hear God‖ - in order to do so we must first turn down the volume of self.

Surrender our ―things‖ To surrender means to relinquish possession or control to another, to submit to the power, authority, and control of another. Let go of our own convenience… A missionary society in South Africa once wrote to David Livingstone, ―Have you found a good road to where you are? If so, we want to send other men to join you.‖ Livingstone replied, ―If you have men who will come ONLY if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them.‖ Livingstone knew that such men would not last when the going really got tough. They simply could not make the needed sacrifices. Colossians 3:5 "Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness (impurity), inordinate affection (lust), evil concupiscence (desire), and covetousness (greed), which is idolatry:" Surrender to God’s agenda for our lives

Your own personal journey to calvary To one who asked George Muller the secret of his service, he replied ―There was a day when I died;‖ and as he spoke, be bent lower, until he almost touched the floor. Continuing, he added, ―Died to George Muller, his opinions, preferences, tastes, and will; died to the world, its approval or censure; died to the approval or blame even of my brethren or friends; and since then I have studied only to show myself approved unto God.‖ The victorious believer will become aware of many forms of self which must be dealt with. We shall discover: -- In our service for Christ, self confidence and selfesteem; -- in the slightest suffering, we see self-saving and selfpity; -- in the least misunderstanding we respond with selfdefense and selfvindication; -- in our lot in life we find self-pleasing and selfchoosing; -- in our relationship it is self-assertiveness and selfrespect; -- in our education it is self-boasting and selfexpression;

-- in our desires is self-admiration and selfcongratulations; -- in our failures, self- excusing and self-justification; -- in our spiritual attainments, self-righteousness and self-complacency; -- in our public ministry, self-reflection and self-glory. Mar 8:34-35 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (35) For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. Bible Knowledge Commentary: "When the Roman Empire crucified a criminal or captive, the victim was often forced to carry his cross part of the way to the crucifixion site, carrying his cross through the heart of the city."

DYING TO SELF (by: Ole Anthony) When you are forgotten, or neglected, or purposely set at naught, yet you don't sting and hurt with the insult or the oversight, but your heart is happy, being counted worthy to suffer for Christ, THAT'S 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 it all, patient in loving silence, THAT'S DYING TO SELF When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, and irregularity, any unpunctuality, or any annoyance, when you stand fact-to-face with waste, folly, extravagance, spiritual insensibility-and endure it as Jesus endured— THAT'S DYING TO SELF When you are content with any food, any offering, any climate, any society, any raiment, any interruption by the will of God, THAT'S DYING TO SELF When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation, or to record your own good works, or itch after commendations, when you can truly love to be unknown, THAT'S DYING TO SELF When you can 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'S DYING TO SELF When you can receive correction and reproof from one of less stature than yourself and can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly, finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart, THAT'S DYING TO SELF Are you dead yet? In these last days the Spirit would bring us to the Cross "That I may know Him...being made conformable unto His death." Philip. 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death… We die to self by learning to consistently choose God's will over our own will in every decision we make. Take up your cross Follow me John Macarthur – what to do with you… ―Jesus set the standard as total self-denial. In Luke 14:26, a great multitude was following Him and He turned and spoke to them: ―If anyone comes to Me‖ –

meaning those who wanted to be His true followers— ―and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.‖ Self-hate? What a powerful truth! . . . Following Jesus is not about you and me. Being a Christian is not about us; it’s not about our self-esteem. It’s about our being sick of our sin and our desperation for forgiveness‖ Each of us is like a grain of wheat planted by God. Just as a grain of wheat must die so as to produce a harvest, so we must die to self in order to bear the fruits of love. This dying to self is a gradual process And happens in little ways. Every act of humility involves dying to pride. Every act of courage involves dying to cowardice. Every act of kindness involves dying to cruelty. Every act of love involves dying to selfishness. Thus the false self dies, and the true self, Made in God’s image, is born and nurtured. It is by giving that we receive; It is by forgiving that we are forgiven; It is by dying that we are born to eternal life. The great need today is not to build up our selfesteem, self-image, self-confidence or self-assertion,

but rather to place our dependence on the great God of the universe, who made us! Gave His Son that we might have eternal life through believing on His name and through whose strength we can do all things. May we go forward boasting not in self, but in Christ who is our wisdom, redemption, righteousness, and strength.

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