If you’re not dying, you’re not LIVING.

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me – Mark 8:34

 All of us have heard these scriptures again and again but few of us know what this really looks like…OR the significance of doing such on a daily basis.

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. – Philippians 1:21

Death is scary, painful and something we all avoid but Jesus said (who said) whoever tries to save his life will loose it. Are you living fully for Christ if you’re not dying to something on a daily basis? Does FEAR keep you from facing something the Lord is starting to prick your heart about?

My biggest and daily “dying game” is when I have to repent of “hidden pride” (focus on self) in some fashion, the “what about me?” situation where I “bang my rattle” and almost say in my head how something is not fair, how I didn’t deserve (or DO deserve) this or that, how my feelings were hurt or some other feel-sorry-for-yourself moment like feeling overwhelmed, overloaded, unappreciated, unloved or just pain wanting something to go a certain way that isn’t.

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:13

Come die with ME – He says.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit and the blood of Christ Jesus we can do all things, including surrender our pain, opinions, truths, for HIS truths, and finally check to see if, on a daily basis, we are surrendering our life to HIS ways, His opinions, HIS direction, HIS desires, and HIS plan for our life, and for those around us who are ultimately affected as well.

Are you dead yet?

DYING TO SELF

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When you are forgotten, or neglected, or purposely set at naught, and 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 IS 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 in all in patient, loving silence.

THAT IS DYING TO SELF

When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, any irregularity, any unpunctuality, or any annoyance; when you stand face-to- face with waste, folly, extravagance, spiritual insensibility-and endure it as Jesus endured.

THAT IS 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 IS 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 IS 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 IS 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 IS DYING TO SELF

Are you dead yet?

In these last days, the Spirit would bring us to the cross.

“That I may know Him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.” Phil.3:10

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