Death to Self

Posted by Jerry White on May 25, 2015

Death to self is the necessary prerequisite for experiencing fullness of life in Christ. Human nature craves to retain control of its own life. This began in the Garden of Eden when Adam chose to disobey God about the forbidden fruit in order to satisfy his desire his own way. The principle of sin became ruler in Adam, and this was passed on to every human born after him. It’s very nature is self-determination, self-seeking, self-pleasing, and self-exaltation. Because of this, each one of us must choose death to self in order to be wholly Christ’s and live under His Lordship through His indwelling Spirit-life. It is a choice one must make and keep on making day by day if Christ will be glorified. Paul wrote, “I die every day” ( 1 Corinthians 15:31).

A professing Christian can possess much Bible knowledge but still not have taken death to self. A person can be well schooled in theology but still retain control of his or her own life. A person can be active in church life with various ministries and yet still be subject to the king of self. To escape slavery to the self-life one must make deliberate decisions exactly like the Lord Jesus did. He made His decision to leave the bliss of heaven to become a helpless baby. He made a deliberate decision in the wilderness to stand against the devil and his temptations and submit in faith to His Father’s Word, care and will. In His severest battle that made Him sweat blood on that cold dark night, He prayed with loud crying and tears, “Not as I will but as You will.” Death to self requires a wholehearted choice before God the Father expressed through prayer. Without this decisive act it will never happen. Never will Bible study, church attendance, ministry involvement, nor Christian fellowship bring about this death to self. Only a definite faith sacrifice of your entire being on God’s altar will usher you into the fullness of Christ so that you actually experience the overflowing fullness of His peace, His joy, and His love. It seems that among many professing Christians, so few are truly followers of the Lord Jesus like this.

A. W. Tozer expressed this decision in a prayer:

O God, glorify Yourself at my expense. Send me the bill…anything, Lord.
I set no price. I will not dicker or bargain.
Glorify Yourself. I’ll take the consequences. Amen!

JRW




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The Measure of Humility

Posted by Jerry White on May 17, 2015

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
Philippians 2:3 (ESV)
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“It is a solemn thought that our love for God is measured by our everyday relationships with others. Except as its validity is proven in standing the test of daily life with our fellowmen, our love for God may be found to be a delusion. It is easy to think that we humble ourselves before God, but our humility toward others is the only sufficient proof that our humility before God is real. To be genuine, humility must abide in us and become our very nature. True humility is to be made of no reputation—-as did Christ. In God’s presence, humility is not a posture we assume for a time—-when we think of Him or pray to Him—-but the very spirit of our life. It will manifest itself in all our bearing toward others. A lesson of deepest importance is that the only humility that is really ours is not the kind we try to show before God in prayer, but the kind we carry with us, and carry out, in our ordinary conduct. The seemingly insignificant acts of daily life are the tests of eternity, because they prove what spirit possesses us. It is in our most unguarded moment that we truly show who we are and what we are made of. To know a truly humble person, you must follow that one in the common course of daily life.
This is what Jesus taught. He gave them an example when He washed their feet. He taught His lessons of humility in demonstration. Humility before God is nothing if it is not proven in humility before others.
Andrew Murray (1828-1917)
Humility, Chapter Six
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“Oh, for true, unfeigned humility! I know I have cause to be humble; and yet I do not know one half of that cause. I know I am proud; and yet I do not know the half of that pride.”
Robert Murray M’Cheyne




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All I Need

Posted by Jerry White on May 11, 2015

Everything I need to live a triumphant life in this sinful, polluted world is in Jesus Christ, and He is in me. His Spirit and my spirit are one so that He can be the source of my thoughts, words and decisions. I need look no where else but My indwelling Savior for every situation, circumstance and relationship. I can rest in His sovereign tender care and know that He is in absolute control of all that comes to me. Worry, fretfulness and anxiety should have no place in me. Fear, doubt and unbelief are my bitter enemies and if found in me are an affront to my Lord who has given His all for me and His all to me.
Faith pleases my Lord, and so I can please Him today by trusting Him to be my all in every relationship and circumstance.
For me to live is Christ—Christ for me, Christ with me, Christ in me, and Christ through me.
The Lord Jesus is my abundant Life.

JRW
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Christ is all I need,
Christ is all I need,
All, all I need.
Christ is all I need,
Christ is all I need,
All, all I need.

He was crucified,
For me He died,
On Calvary
That He loved me so,
This is why I know
Christ is all I need.

Author unknown




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Practical Holiness

Posted by Jerry White on May 4, 2015

By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.
John 15:8 (ESV)
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“Practical holiness is put before us in the Scriptures under the figure of fruit. But what is fruit? It is the deposit of the sap; it is the final result of all the inner activities of the tree—-the outcome of the hidden life, which, beginning with the root, passes through the stem into the branch, and finally manifests itself in bud, blossom, and fruit. When the fruit is formed and ripened, the great purpose of the tree’s activity and growth is reached; the life has completed its cycle.

Fruit therefore illustrates that side of the spiritual life that is sacrificed for the good of others. Fruit is ‘the produce of the branch, by which men are refreshed and nourished. The fruit is not for the branch, but for those who come to carry it away….A fruit-bearing tree lives not for itself, but wholly for those to whom its fruit brings refreshment and life. And so the branch exists only and entirely for the sake of the fruit. To make glad the husbandman is its subject, its safety, and its glory’ (AndrewMurray)….

Practical holiness therefore is not something that has to be manufactured. something more than even a perfect pattern is needed in order to be conformed to the image of God’s Son, for holiness is no mere question of imitation….

So it is possible to perform duties and do good works and call them fruit. ‘If you were to tie half a dozen bunches of grapes on your old umbrella, that would not make a vine. You may tie them on very carefully, but they will not grow. But that is just what multitudes of people are trying to do’ (Canon Wilberforce).

Practical holiness is not something that begins by doing, but by being. It is not something to be built up, as you build a house, by adding brick to brick. I is not ‘a mosaic of moralities, nor a compilation of merits, nor a succession of acts. It is a growth’ (Bp. Huntingdon).

Evan H. Hopkins
The Law of Liberty in the Spiritual Life, 74-75 (1952 edition)




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