October 17, 2011

Denying Yourself

I hope you are all having a beautiful week!!

I wanted to share something my pastor read to us a few weeks back that really stuck with me. I respect the fact that he so boldly proclaims Gods word! So many people requested a copy of this that they made it available to us all. I would like to frame it and put it in my home as a reminder of what it means to really "Deny Yourself" as Jesus said.

When you are not forgiven,
or neglected,
or purposely set at naught,
and you sting and hurt
with the insult and the oversight,
but your heart is happy
because you count it worthy to suffer for Christ:
that is self denial.
When your good is evil spoken of,
when your wishes are crossed,
your advice is disregarded,
your opinions are ridiculed,
you refuse to let anger rise in your heart
or even defend yourself,
you take it all in patient, loving silence:
that is dying to self.
When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder,
any irregularity,
or any annoyance,
when you can stand face to face with waste
and folly
and extravagance
and spiritual insensitivity,
and endure it as Jesus endured it:
that is dying to self.
When your content with any food,
any offering,
any clothes,
any climate,
any society,
any solitude,
any interruption by the will of God:
that is dying to self.
When you can never care to refer to yourself in conversation,
or to record your own good works,
or itch after commendation,
when you can love to be unknown:
that is dying to self.
When you see your brother prosper
and have his needs met,
and honestly rejoice with him in spirit
and feel no envy,
nor question God,
while your own needs are far greater and unmet:
that is dying to self.
When you can receive correction and reproof
from one less stature than yourself,
and humbly submit
inwardly as well as outwardly,
finding no rebellion or resentment rising in your heart:
that is dying to self.

Dying to self is something we must do daily so that HE can be exalted!
Words to live by!
Have a blessed Tuesday!

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