RESCUE



We have three enemies of our soul. Our Self, the World, and the Devil.

The world is under the influence of the Devil. So the world's ideas and ways are all based on his Prideful, Selfish evil way. Our self has been programmed since birth to follow these ways and therefore our very own self is contaminated by evil.

In order to be rescued we must ask Jesus to come into our heart and make us new. He comes into our lives and shows us the truth in his word and if we follow Him instead of our self, we can be healed. We must kill our flesh, and die to self. This is a writing from an excerpt of a devotion by Betty Miller that explains what it means to die to self.

 

"Dying to Self"

When you are purposely set aside, rejected, forgotten, and hurt with the insult of oversight -- but your spirit sings because you are being counted worthy to suffer for Christ, that is "Dying to Self."

When your advice is disregarded, your opinions ridiculed, and all manner of evil is spoken against you, and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart, or even defend yourself, but take it all with patient, loving silence, that is "dying to self." 

When you do not allow any disorder, irregularity or arrogance to come against your peace, when you are face to face with filth, waste, stupidity or spiritual pride, and endure it as Jesus endured it, that is "dying to self." 

When you are content with the location you live, the climate, the society, the solitude of the "backside of the desert," and are willing to have your plans changed or interrupted by the will of God at any moment, that is "dying to self." 

When you never care to have others know of your good works, and never refer to yourself in conversation, or even care to have anyone commend you, when you truly love to be the unknown that is "dying to self." 

When you can see your brother prosper and have his needs met, and can honestly rejoice with him in the Spirit, and feel no envy, nor question God as to why your own needs are not being met, that is "dying to self." 

When you can receive correction and reproof, finding no rebellion or resentment rising up in your heart, that is "dying to self."

Dying to the flesh means making choices, dying to our ways and living to the Lord's ways. If we set our will with the will of God, we can become that overcomer. We are promised many blessings as we follow the Lord, and on the other side of the coin there are curses for going our own way. We must choose.

The Lord wants to heal us, bless us and make us whole. The choice is ours. We must choose and obey. Healing of the spirit, soul and body always begins with the choice to follow Jesus and the subsequent choices to continue to walk with Him. To receive complete wholeness, we must make a complete commitment to “dying to self.”

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