Dying to Self

You will never have resurrection power unless there is crucifixion weakness. 

In this particular post, we’re looking at an element of Christian discipleship that ties us all together. It’s our common denominator as His disciples. We must learn to die to ourselves to be faithful. There can be no obedience unless we choose to carry our cross to a place of death.

“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.”

Galatians 5:24

But what does that look like? How can I know that I’m really doing this? Maybe this will guide you. I think it’s worth prayerful consideration

 

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By no means is this list exhaustive. Hardly. But you know that may be good. The principle of crucifying self then has the room to fit all areas of your life–the core idea of self-renunciation becomes the way your spirit operates.

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

Matthew 16:24

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

Mark 8:34

“And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

Luke 9:23

“Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.”

Luke 14:27

We deny ourselves so real life can begin. There isn’t any other way to follow Him.

We must go to the cross daily in order to find our life. That is the way. “This is a trustworthy saying: If we die with him we will also live with him.”

2 Timothy 2:11

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Author: Pastor Bryan Lowe

Studying God's Word is my joy. I want you to understand that there is nothing greater than a life given to Him. I'm an ordained pastor who lives in Alaska.

6 thoughts on “Dying to Self”

  1. o to be of no reputation. conviction galore thank Father God for His AMAZING Son Our Savior. Your site makes me uncomfortable at times, very encouraged to be aware of you much grace and peace brother.

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  2. Wow! Wow! Wow!
    This post shows me how human I am yet. How much still in I am in my flesh. All of the words of the post are factual for sure. The one thing that I find on the list that is most difficult or maybe I’ve not relinquished it to the Lord, is the ability to be silent regarding the abuses of government. It hard to watch innocent people get trampled upon and abused by the rich or those in power and not speak up. What a wretch am I.

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  3. what i meant to ask is how can i not do these things…like for example…when i am forgotten and neglected (which is almost every day of my life) i do feel sad and disconnent…so what i meant to say is i cannot do any of the “dying to self” not really…Lord forgive me….I am so broken….

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  4. no wonder i am always sad….i haven’t been able to do any of these things…but how can we do these things and love ourselves?…how can we do these things and regard ourselves as sons and daughters of the King? how can I do these things and still know that Jesus calls me beloved?

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  5. no wonder i am always sad….i haven’t been able to do any of these things…but how can we do these things and love ourselves?…how can we do these things and regard ourselves as sons and daughters of the King? how can I do these things and still know that Jesus calls me beloved?

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