MODERN DAY IDOL: SELF.

I pray that this post will encourage you, lead you to repentance and more so a conscious desire to put our LORD JESUS CHRIST FIRST.
Mathew 16:25
For whosoever wishes to save his own life will lose it: But whoever loses His life for my sake will find it.
{This post is so important to me because I feel like if we can get this right, then we can be able to have a deeper relationship with God and share! Share! Share! More about Christ because really this is the only reason we exist on this earth. But oh my SELF!!!}

As I am seeking God more, He is showing me that I am the reason why I am not having a more real relationship with Him. Why I am not sharing Him more. Just as I have made every other thing about myself on this earth, I have also made the gospel about me. I believe in dreams, ownership, purpose, influence and all beautiful things on this earth that we are meant to enjoy. But He reminds me that it was never meant to be about me. I cannot love me more than Him. I cannot love life more than Him. Seeking after my happiness more than what makes Him happy. I want this and that, but I never want Him more than the things I want.

He said, “you see right at the core of your heart which I designed, there is a hole, an altar, a shrine where I AM the only one who can reign. And I will not compete with you or any other thing.”
1st Corinthians 6:19
You should know that your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit that you received from God and that lives in you.You don’t own yourselves.

“Men have now by nature no peace within their hearts, for God is
crowned there no longer, but there in the moral dusk stubborn and aggressive usurpers fight among
themselves for first place on the throne.” (The Pursuit of God AW.Tozer)

I n order for you and I to experience the fullness of our relationship with our Savior, the lover of our souls , He needs to be LORD in the shrine of our hearts. God does not want us to only know that we are saved, but He also wants us know Him. He is not interested in a superficial relationship or acquaintances. He wants us to enjoy knowing Him, to know His heart. To really understand this love that demonstrated itself in death. Even though it is beyond us to fully grasp.

It’s sad that at times we wear salvation as a social stamp, and not as a relationship. Our hearts are so far from God, and we do not seem to know Him. We can only testify of something we know. May be why we do not testify is because we are too caught up in SELF. We spend too much time getting to “know ourselves” and every other thing on this earth and not Him. God showed me that most of the times we are caught up in addictions is because we are too busy worshiping ourselves. I WANT TO FEEL GOOD! I WANT TO BE HAPPY! Is normally the justifying phrase, because right at the center of our hearts sited there is SELF. And we will do anything to please whatever is at the altar of our hearts. What we are enslaved to is right at the core of our hearts.
WHY SELF MAKES A BAD BAD GOD!!
 We are sinful in nature.
Our human nature is sinful. There is no good that can come from self. I think that a great deception we have is the thought that “we are good people’’. But merely“good people” will not make it to heaven. SURRENDERED people will.Because on our own there is nothing good in us.
Galatians 5: 16-17
So I tell you, live the way the Spirit leads you.Then you will not do the evil things your sinful self wants.The sinful self wants what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit wants what is against the sinful self.
(19-21)
The wrong things the sinful self does are clear: committing sexual sin, being morally bad, doing all kinds of shameful things, worshipping false gods, taking part in witch craft, hating people, causing trouble, being jealous angry or selfish, causing people to argue and divide into separate groups, being filled with envy, getting drunk, having wild parties and doing other things like this. The people who do these things will not have a part in Gods kingdom.
(Verse 24)
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their sinful self. They have given up their old selfish feelings and the evil things they wanted to do.
 We bear no good fruit alone.
John 15: 5, 6.
I am the vine and you are the branches. If you stay joined to me, and I to you, you will produce plenty of fruit. But separated from me you won’t be able to do anything. If you don’t stay joined to me, you will be like a branch that has been thrown out and has dried up. All the dead branches like that are gathered up, thrown into the fire and burned.
 There is no eternity in our selves.
We cannot on our own make ourselves right with God. We cannot save ourselves by anything that we do.
Romans 4:5
But people cannot do any work that will make them right in God. So they must TRUST in Him. Then He accepts their faith and that makes them right with Him. He is the one who makes even evil people right with Him.

                                          We Inhibit communion with the LORD OF LORDS.
Ultimately it is God who grows us in Himself.
1st Corinthians 3:6
I planted the seed and Apollos watered it. But God is the one who makes the seed to grow.

But we have a role to play. We need to plant ourselves to the WORD and a life of PRAYER in order to be able to die to self and to align ourselves not only to the will of God but also His voice. The very thing that separated Adam from God is the very thing that we struggle with. SELF, which can be translated to pride. Being self-sufficient. Rejecting our need for a savior. The very thing we were created for is communion with Christ. He is us and we in Him.

God desires a relationship with each one of us where He can speak with us in whatever way HE chooses and we hear and identify His voice because His sheep hear and know His voice and follow Him. But we can’t hear Him if at our core we sit there lording ourselves. I personally struggle with this area because it is so easy to just want my way especially in today’s world and all the pressures. It is a daily process of letting go and letting God. I want to be happy and feel great. And feel important and loved. But Jesus is saying “in ME you find HAPPINESS and guess what? YOU ARE ALREADY LOVED ABUNDANTLY.” In everything you think you are losing by letting go and letting me in, you gain everything.
If you do not know the LORD OF LORDS, His arms are wide open to you and you can receive Him into your life this very instance. HE LOVES YOU SO MUCH AND WANTS YOU TO ENJOY ETERNITY RIGHT NEXT TO HIM. Because what would eternity be without Him.

DECLARATION; I STEP DOWN AND LET HIM TAKE HIS RIGHTFUL PLACE.Amen.

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