"For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit, you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live." Romans 8:13
One writer wrote the following when pondering the importance of putting self to death: Look at the candle. What is it used for? Is it not for giving light? If it is to give light, it must burn and make itself less and less. But if the candle were to protest and say, 'I will not burn and become less and less; I cannot suffer hurt, neither can my form be changed,' then what would be its value? In the same way, those who determine not to put self to death will never see the will of God fulfilled in their lives. Those who ought to become the light of the world must necessarily burn and become less and less. By denying self, we are able to win others.
What a great truth! By putting aside those things that drag us lower, we succeed in making ourselves useful for the Master's work. But this requires sacrifice and consecration: we need to focus on the things of God, not our own self-interests.
1) Practice daily spiritual discipline. It all begins here. Only when we align our personal priorities with God can we expect to be used by Him.
2) Develop qualities that will combat our sinful tendencies. If we are quick to lose our cools, practice patience; if we are tempted to walk proudly, humble yourself before God and others.
3) Take the long road. God has not brought you this far in a single day, nor can you expect to change overnight. Give it both time and effort, and you will see God's work in your life. Paul calls it the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
Putting to death the deeds of the old person will not be easy, and Satan would love to discourage you. But keep your eyes on Jesus, and keep pressing forward. Soon God will bless your efforts.
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
O soul, are you weary and troubled, no light in the darkness you see
There's light for a look at the Savior, and life more abundant and free
Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace
Posted on Wed, December 14, 2011
by Sam Petitfils