Die to the Lie

Chilly —  January 5, 2013 — 11 Comments

He asks nothing but death,
and you desire nothing but life.

How can you put up to Him a prayer for his grace, with a restriction that He shall only send it by a channel demanding no sacrifice on your part but ministering to the gratification of your carnal pride?   –  François Fénelon

dietoself2There’s a simple fact that I find my self quoting quite often: you can’t get the right answer IF you don’t ask the right question. We want all of God’s blessings & grace but we’re unwilling to live a life of sacrifice and honor. We solemnly confess: “God, I want to know your will for my life” — how can He possibly answer this question? His desire is that you lose your life and follow His will — yes,  join Him in what He’s doing and not the other way around.

The TRUE Christian life is an awesome adventure-filled, adrenalin-pumping, passionate, heart-pounding, risk-taking journey! It’s marked by face-to-face prayer, character-developing solitude and excruciating obedience. You must pay the price to be REAL. No short-cuts, no exceptions and no excuses!

Jesus put it this way:  “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. “ Matthew 16:24 (MSG)

Dying to self is not a figurative & religious tag-line or motto… it’s a literal requirement for discipleship. Life is tied to it… Suffering is a certain reality – flesh never wants to die.  But, pain is weakness leaving the body. No one should be foolish and subject themselves to ‘punishment’ to expedite the process – that’s not how it happens.  Dying to self is the process of submission – completely & quickly – to our Lord’s perfect will. An increase in His presence and His Word fine tunes it… and trust me, IF you don’t want to die to self – you won’t… your spiritual sounding allibi will be supported by the masses who, like you, want the appearance of holiness but without the power.

  1. Hate this post?
  2. Where are you at in the process of really LIVING?
  3. How can 2013 be something more than a repeat of the same cycle?
  4. Have you discovered the honor found in sacrifice & obedience?
  5. And now …  ?

Living a DeathwishChilly

*picture from  Dave Longstreth.

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11 responses to Die to the Lie

  1. This truth one that stops our flesh in it’s tracks. So contrary to our default setting, yet so liberating in our spirit man as we live this out. Wow, God help me go deeper. Love the pic too:-)

  2. Fénelon goes on to say: “Self love is proud of its spiritual accomplishments. You must lose everything to find God for himself alone. You won’t begin to let go of yourself until you have been thrown off a cliff. He takes away to give back in a better way.” “Self-interest and pride cause you to reject the gifts of God, because they do not come in a way that suits your taste.” “Selfishly loving yourself shunts your spirit. You put yourself in a straitjacket when you are enclosed in self. When you come out of that prison you experience how immense God is and how he set his children free. Be humble. Do not trust the old nature.”

  3. These words hit me…”IF you don’t want to die to self – you won’t… your spiritual sounding allibi will be supported by the masses who, like you, want the appearance of holiness but without the power.” Whoa.

  4. One of the questions I am always asking myself– or the Lord is “Where is all the power?” Why has it left our church? As I am reading your blog I can see the answer in black and white– The power is there– we have moved from it!!
    “You must lose everything to find God for himself alone. You won’t begin to let go of yourself until you have been thrown off a cliff. He takes away to give back in a better way.” These words are like a prescription for me– I need to die in order to live!!

    2013 will be a challenging and exciting year. I am excited at the way you describe “The TRUE Christian life is an awesome adventure-filled, adrenalin-pumping, passionate, heart-pounding, risk-taking journey!” Its a process Pastor Chilly and I am so excited and encouraged to read your blog– it helps so much!
    Thanks for this!!!
    Working at dying!!!

  5. Hard but needed words. Def a turning point type of a message. Go deeper or go home. I’ll choose deeper this time. Thanks for saying what others dont!

  6. “Dying to self is not a figurative & religious tag-line or motto… it’s a literal requirement for discipleship.” Dying to self is much easier to say than to live. However, if I really want to truly follow after Jesus then I know I have to die so that I can really live for Him. Really challenging post, Pastor Chilly. Thanks!

  7. Wow. I can hardly express into words how convicting this post is. This last week was full of days where I believe I skipped this step in my spiritual life. So now that I recognize my pride I need to deal with it! Thanks Pastor!

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