Monday, March 26, 2012
Self is also hard to recognize. In fact, Self is so good at disguising itself, you can act selfishly and then deny that you're acting that way! Here are some ways to unmask Self so you can identity him.
1.Self wants to exalt itself. (Luke 14:11). It loves to be in charge and craves attention.
3.Self is mostly interested in being comfortable. (Luke 9:57-58). Jesus often calls us to do uncomfortable things, and Self doesn't want to do them.
4.Self is easily offended. (Matt. 15:12). It gets offended at the smallest things.
5.Self says "this is mine" instead of "this is God's." (Mark 10:21-22) It is unwilling to give to God.
6.Self refuses to do God's will. (Matt. 21:28-31). It will say, "No one is going to tell me what to do!"
Now you know why Jesus said you must deny yourself. The only way to stop Self from controlling you is to nail him to the cross every day. By an act of your will, you tell him, "I'm not listening to you. I'm going to follow Jesus today!"