ME ME ME or MINE MINE MINE

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“And [Jesus] was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23

Have you ever stopped to think about how much time we spend thinking about ourselves? Welcome to a new week of Freedom Fighters. I am glad that you are joining me on this journey of walking in victory.

Remember the scene in Finding Nemo when the seagulls converge and start screaming, “Mine, Mine, Mine?”

The concept of dying to self is not one that we hear much about in sermons today. We live in a culture that is bent on meeting our every need. We find ourselves getting in a snit if things don’t go our way. We are living in a day when all that matters is my needs, my desires, my rights. Just listen to the news and watch the commercials.

But Jesus said that if we are going to truly be Christ-followers, we need to learn how to die to self daily, and take up His cross.

This summer I picked up a little card from Pastor Harold Vaughn’s book table. It is called “Dying to Self.”

Listen to this …

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 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 it all in patient, loving silence, THAT IS DYING TO SELF.

When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, any irregularity, any lack of punctuality or any annoyance, when you can stand face to face with waste, folly, extravagance, spiritual insensibility … and endure it as Jesus endured it … 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 commendation, when you can truly love to be unknown, THAT IS DYING TO SELF.

When you can see your brother or sister 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 circumstance, THAT IS DYING TO SELF.

When you receive correction and reproof from one of less stature than yourself, and humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly, finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart, THAT IS DYING TO SELF.

Are you “ALIVE IN CHRIST” and “DEAD TO SELF?” Or “ALIVE IN SELF” and “DEAD TO CHRIST?”

You need to understand that what I share with you is so often what I am preaching to myself. I really needed that today. What area of your life has God pin-pointed today where you need to DIE TO SELF?

Written by Dr. Bill Welte is President/CEO of America’s Keswick: He has been married to his child sweetheart for 40+ years, and has three married kids, one that is engaged, and 10 amazing grand kids. He loves music and is an avid reader.

The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 122; Proverbs 3

Daily Quote: God will never come to his right unless we are totally reduced to nothing, so that it may be clearly seen that all that is laudable in us comes from elsewhere. John Calvin

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

15 For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.~2 Corinthians 4:15

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The Road less Traveled

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Give ear, O my people, to my law; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. ~Psalm 78:1b

There are times in the symbolic wilderness of life that causes me to think negatively. When things are not going well and that “feeling” of being cast out and abandoned sets in, I tend to view life through cloudy lenses.

It can be in those times that I resort to walking in my own way of thinking and turn my back on God and the road he has laid out for me

In Psalm 78 we have a contemplation of Asaph, a word to the wise and a reminder of what lies ahead of the wide road.

Because there are scriptures that remind me of the path I’m capable of going down and examples of others, I can catch myself from making those same mistakes. There have been countless times that God spoke to me through His word and gave me a glimpse of what lies ahead on the road I’m traveling.

It’s the road less traveled that brings forth victory. It takes humility to turn around and set my mind of the things of God and reject what my situation is causing me to do. Too many times my pride got in the way and even though the sign said “dangerous road ahead” I went forward fueled by self-esteem only to get to the end of myself, turn around and get back on track.

The good news is I never have to go all the way back to where I went wrong, it’s usually that simple turn around and God meets me where I’m at.

The main ingredients that are missing at the start of my calamity are truth and thankfulness. It’s these missing ingredients that when added takes me back. In the letter to the Philippians Paul tells his readers in chapter 4 not to be anxious and to pray. He starts verse 8 out with “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true…” with a list of others and ends with “meditate on these things’.

It seems when life is uncertain my mind tends to create unhealthy scenarios that lead to that dangerous road. I can get caught up into thinking things that don’t exist are true. If I can focus on the things that are true it will lead to seeing that God is good and then thankfulness sets in and “The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

So, if you’ve got yourself all worked up because of circumstances in your life and there is no evidence of thankfulness, learn from Psalm 78. Pick up a pen and piece of paper and jot down 10 things your thankful for. Then remember the truth of scripture and meditate on it. Put down your pride and go down that “Road less traveled”

Written by Rob Russomano: Rob is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member at America’s Keswick

The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 97; Proverbs 6

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Daily Quote: “Where Love is, God is.” ~Henry Drummond

This Week’s Verse to Memorize: 

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid? ~Psalm 27:1

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