Sunday, August 5, 2012

Letting Go Of Self

John 3:30


He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.
 
The way I always think of this verse is...More of HIM and less of me. I have used this verse many times in my posts and lately I just can't get away from it. Just this morning before church I visited a blog and this was the verse she used. Again in church this morning the speaker used this verse. Coincidence...probably not. I know that God has been talking to me about this in a few areas of my life. Sometimes we just have to get out of the way and let GOD do what GOD wants to do! That's hard...something I am really struggling with today. So many things can come into your thoughts...distractions...that keep you from letting GOD be GOD in your life. The main distraction for GOD things in my life is fear...mostly of the unknown. You might know all about something...head knowledge...but you don't know it for yourself. For me that brings on fear. For most things of GOD I am good. But sometimes there is just one thing...the same thing...that stops me. Why?...I ask myself. The same answer all the time...I don't know. Maybe...it's just fear of letting go of self.

6 comments:

Child of God said...

Hi Chelle,
God has really been speaking to me on this very same topic, for over 4 years now. More of Him and less of self. Deny self. This is not an over night sort of thing but a second by second choice. Since we were babies we have been very demanding and as we grow older we learn to give instead of take. It is a process that will take a life time.

Keep at it and don't get discourage when you mess up. I find fasting really helps because you are denying your body the food that it craves, this in essence is denying self and totally relying on God to provide what you need.

Blessings hon,
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Never Forsaken said...

Hi Chelle,
I was just thinking about you and started to pray for your faith to become bigger than your fear this week~ I know how the fear can overtake us especially when awaiting a test result~ The anticipation of the test is almost always worse than the test itself! So while I am going to be praying for you on friday...(I marked it on my desktop)...I know it is the days leading up to that are the greatest challenge. so I pray that the faith in HIM will increase, and the fear will decrease (in Jesus name) AMEN...you are going to be comforted in His presence where there is fullness of joy!

When I went through my biopsy last summer I had the surgeon and nurses all cracking up, because His joy just poured out from me...and they knew it was because of my faith in Jesus! And I am normally very quiet and reserved.
It was an experience that forever changed my faith...praying and praying for you.
~God Bless~ Lisa

BelovedBomber said...

been listening to sermons on faith that defeats fear tonight. will be lifting you up in this area too.

Brenda Rees said...

Hi Chelle,
I have been through many trials, particularly regarding sickness, and have always found that God's word spoken to me proved true. If any thought comes into your mind opposing what God has said to you, oppose that thought with the word that God has spoken to you. Fear comes from the enemy and the perfect love of our God is able to cast it out We 'take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ'. Believe absolutely what God is saying to you. I sought the Lord over something at one time, {it was after I had asked Him to teach me about sickness and healing} and I opened my Bible three times that week straight to 'My grace is sufficient for you' underlined. The following Sunday I went to church and the pastor stopped in the middle of his preaching and said 'I don't know who this is for but the Lord is saying to somebody here 'My grace is sufficient for you'.' I knew that my times were in God's hands. Trust in the Lord with all your heart Chelle, try not to lean on your own understanding. It can be opposing God sometimes.
God bless you

Jennifer @ GettingDownWithJesus.com said...

What a "God-incidence" ... that the Lord would bring that verse up again -- at just the right time. He's so good, isn't He?

Cherie Hill said...

Dying to self is painful, to say the least. And what I've found is that it happens over and over . . . as God is purifying us. It's a process, and sometimes it lasts so much longer than I'd like. But, even as I'm going through it, and God is holding me to the fire, I know it is a necessary part of my becoming like Christ. We find ourselves in our own personal Garden of Gethsemane, asking if there is another way, yet there is not. But we have the Promises of God to uphold us through it all . . . He is with us ALWAYS.
Praying that Christ will reign in your life and that you will walk in His strength.
Blessings sister,
Cherie