“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but
Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live
by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Dare we enter into this subject without fear and trembling? Paul’s message above should stir our hearts to do likewise. When man fell in the Garden of Eden, SELF became ruler of our lives and took control of our thoughts and actions. Self sits as king on the throne of our hearts. However, when Jesus returned to His Father and sent us His Holy Spirit to dwell within us, now through His power He can help us to crucify self. We will say oh, that sounds easy enough; but no, it is not easy, because self is deep rooted within our nature and refuses to submit control to the Holy Spirit.
Dying to self is a life-long process and the most difficult challenge we are presented with. Satan works daily to make sure self maintains control. As Scripture tells us, we battle not with flesh and blood but the rulers of darkness, Satan! In these very weak bodies it is so very easy to just let self have its way, but oh, the consequences bring about death in many ways. One of the fruits of His Spirit is self-control. I pray for this daily. Unless we resist the devil, HE WILL NOT FLEE, and it takes not only the strength of the Holy Spirit, but also our own self-discipline/control to overcome the wiles of Satan. Our question should always be, do I want to be an overcomer? It is attainable through the POWER of God’s Holy Spirit within us!
God has placed within our hearts His law, and we know the things that are sinful and displease His heart. James 3:16 says. “For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.” Our love for Jesus should be so great that it would crush our hearts to bring sadness to His heart. He paid an indescribable price for our salvation and WE OWE HIM OBEDIENCE! We can accomplish this through “working out our own salvation” through obedience and acceptance of His will and purpose for our lives each day through prayer and supplication.
“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly
gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God
and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance,
since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.”