Die To Self
Rev. Duane Bemis
One day I was sorting through some of my drawings and I found this drawing of three youths at the foot of the cross. I drew what I saw and the three surrendered hearts have their hands raised and knees bowed before their God and Maker. Their hands had holes through their palms because they have been crucified with Christ. In the background you could see the refiner's fire. The fire was ready to burn all of "self."
I sat and recalled the many times the Lord has used this verse to turn my heart toward Him. I would like if we could come into agreement through prayer before we mediate on this selected scripture.
"Father of the truth, share Your heart with us. Open this verse through the power of Your Spirit. We desire to hear from You. We would like You to reach deep down into the store house of wisdom, once there, give us a taste of who You are and what You desire of us. Deliver this wisdom into our hearts. Use this common human as a vessel placed into Your hands. Bring glory to You and You alone. Amen and Amen."
"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." Galatians 2:20 NKJ
As I look at my hands I do not see any nail marks. I do not see a crown of thrones forced upon my head. However, I have had someone spit in my face, I wonder if that counts. With all kidding aside, to surrender to the Lord to the point of personal death of self-will, that is a tough one. This is where most of us will fail.
One day one a student walked into my classroom after the bell. She came with a troubled heart and she was not sure she had Jesus in her heart. I told her to have a seat and I seized the moment and shared the Lord with her. I had another student read the scriptures as they came up in our discussion. As we read Romans 6:23 about the wages of sin. My lit ...
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