self, Self, SELF

self, Self, SELF

pIn honor of not falling into the trap of rendering my (selfish) opinion on the subject, I give you what brothers, that have gone before us and one amongst us, have to say on the subject. There is nothing more powerful than when the Lord drives home a message to you. Especially using many voices both past and present to get His message across. I’ve never felt more loved by the Father than when He speaks to me. I hope He speaks to you and you understand what I mean by that. Each of these resources are from my devotions so far this week, which is just yesterday and today. Sometimes He speaks in a flurry.

My Utmost for His Highest – Oswald Chambers

(yes I’m behind by a few days)

Dec 9th – The Opposition of the Natural <-click to read

Once we come to understand that natural moral excellence opposes or counteracts surrender to God, we bring our soul into the center of its greatest battle. Very few of us would debate over what is filthy, evil and wrong, but we do debate over what is good. It is the good that opposes the best. The higher up the scale of moral excellence a person goes, the more intense the opposition to Jesus Christ.

Dec 10th – The Offering of the Natural <-click to read

Sanctification means more than being freed from sin. It means the deliberate commitment of myself to the God of my salvation, and being willing to pay whatever it may cost. If we don’t sacrifice the natural to the spiritual, the natural life will resist and defy the life of the Son of God in us and will produce continual turmoil.

Dec 11th – Individuality <-click to read

The characteristics of individuality are independence and self will. We hinder our spiritual growth more than any other way by continually asserting our individuality. If you say, “I can’t believe,” it is because you individuality is blocking the way; individuality can never believe. But our spirit cannot help believing.

The Pursuit of God – A.W. Tozer

Chapter 8 <-click to read

Especially this – The prayer from the end of the chapter.

O God, be Thou exalted over my possessions. Nothing of earth’s treasures shall seem dear unto me if only Thou art glorified in my life. Be Thou exalted over my friendships. I am determined that Thou shalt be above all, though I must stand deserted and alone in the midst of the earth. Be Thou exalted above my comforts. Though it mean the loss of bodily comforts and the carrying of heavy crosses I shall keep my vow made this day before Thee Be Thou exalted over my reputation. Make me ambitious to please Thee even if as a result I must sink into obscurity and my name be forgotten as a dream. Rise, O Lord, into Thy proper place of honor, above my ambitions, above my likes and dislikes, above my family, my health and even my life itself. Let me decrease that Thou mayest increase, let me sink that Thou mayest rise above. Ride forth upon me as Thou didst ride into Jerusalem mounted upon the humble little beast, a colt, the foal of an ass, and let me hear the children cry to Thee, “Hosanna in the highest.”

Beliefs of the Heart – Sam Williamson

Hearing God in our Emptiness <-click to read

We disguise our shortcomings because our thinking is distorted: we believe God is attracted to the spiritually successful. So we scurry for good feelings about ourselves and we explain away our faults. The trouble is, positive self-talk forms barriers to hearing God: he loves the broken-hearted.

Litany of Humility – Shared by Rusty – New Year’s Eve 2015

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being despised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of suffering rebukes, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being calumniated (or slandered), Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being wronged, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being suspected, Deliver me, Jesus.
That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be preferred to me in everything, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
Amen

 

One thought on “self, Self, SELF

  1. Thanks for linking to my article on Hearing God in our Emptiness!

    I read those same devotions in My Utmost, and I loved EXACTLY the same passages. (Or, another way to say it: I was CONVICTED by those same sections.)

    And I love the Tozer prayer.

    Thanks for all you do,

    Sam

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