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Dying to Self

Have you ever felt like your life is slipping away? You know what I mean. All your dreams and goals and plans have come to nothing. Everybody wants their life to matter, but what happens when yours doesn't seem to? Don't despair; perhaps it's OK. In John chapter 12 Jesus said, "The hour has now come for the Son of Man to receive great glory. I am telling you the truth: a grain of wheat remains no more than a single grain unless it is dropped into the ground and dies. If it does die, then it produces many grains." Obviously, he was speaking of his own death and the believers it would produce. But what does this statement mean for you? What are the implications for your life and dreams? Jesus goes on to explain it. "Those who love their own life will lose it; those who hate their own life in this world will keep it for life eternal." Ahh, there it is. Jesus is reminding you that your earthly life is nothing in comparison to your eternal life. He is also challenging you to die to yourself and your dreams about your own life. Die to self and live for him. It's not all about you; it's all about Jesus. We are to pray, "Your kingdom come and Your will be done." Otherwise you're just hanging on to your one grain until it finally rots and decays in your hand. Better to give your life in service to Christ and produce a great harvest for him. God be with you all...

This is in harmony with the truth Shortlady, thanks for the reminder.:boy_hug: :girl:
Pure and Entire Resignation of Self to Obtain Freedom of Heart (The Voice of Christ)

MY CHILD, renounce self and you shall find Me. Give up your own self-will, your possessions, and you shall always gain. For once you resign yourself irrevocably, greater grace will be given you.

Always, at every hour, in small matters as well as great—I except nothing. In all things I wish you to be stripped of self. How otherwise can you be mine or I yours unless you be despoiled of your own will both inwardly and outwardly? The sooner you do this the better it will be for you, and the more fully and sincerely you do it the more you will please Me and the greater gain you will merit.

Some there are who resign themselves, but with certain reservation; they do not trust fully in God and therefore they try to provide for themselves. Others, again, at first offer all, but afterward are assailed by temptation and return to what they have renounced, thereby making no progress in virtue. These will not reach the true liberty of a pure heart nor the grace of happy friendship with Me unless they first make a full resignation and a daily sacrifice of themselves. Without this no fruitful union lasts nor will last.

I have said to you very often, and now I say again: forsake yourself, renounce yourself and you shall enjoy great inward peace. Give all for all. Ask nothing, demand nothing in return. Trust purely and without hesitation in Me, and you shall possess Me. You will be free of heart and darkness will not overwhelm you.

Strive for this, pray for this, desire this—to be stripped of all selfishness and naked to follow the naked Jesus, to die to self and live forever for Me. Then all vain imaginations, all wicked disturbances and superfluous cares will vanish. Then also immoderate fear will leave you and inordinate love will die.

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