Self and the Spirit

RE Verse reading–Matthew 3 (day four)  “After me will come one more powerful than I” (Matthew 3:11)  It may be the biggest word in the English language.  What I want, what I need, what I deserve, what I think.  Until the Spirit of God dethrones this little imposter,  “I” is a very big word.  Ego controls almost everything we do.   “Deny yourSELF” said Jesus.  Tell yourSELF “no”.  That John had done so was part of his power.  He was free from the power of PLEASURE.  He dressed and fed himself  without self-indulgence or vanity.  He was free from the power of PRIDE.  He did not compete with the Lord for attention or control.  “One who is greater” was His name for Christ.  We do well to remember.  There is no other path to spiritual power.  “Humble yourSELF in the presence of the Lord and He will exalt you” (James 4:10) “If my people will humble themSELVES and seek MY face” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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