by Duane Bemis

Embracing the Death of Self
Duane Bemis
Luke 22:41-42

I stood before a mirror one morning and I wondered if I would even know the person before my eyes once God finished striping me of my dysfunctional self. I was comfortable with my old self and all my habits of the flesh. I did not want to give up my old ways. But God had another plan and I had to decide if I would deny myself and pick up my cross and follow Him.
I wore baseball caps to hide my balding head. I hid behind sunglasses so no one could see into my soul. I wore a full beard to hide my age. I hid the real me from everyone including myself. I hid my tears because I cried so easily. Nevertheless, I could not hide from God. He wanted the person He created to come to the forefront.
Imagine a person born and raised in a dungeon but he really was a child to the king. One day the king calls him up from the cold, dark, and dungeon of life. However, the dungeon dweller only knows how to live according to the rules of the dungeon. Now the king tells him that he belongs in the castle. The king tells the man to change. Moreover, the king wants everything changed; his ways, his dress, his speech, and the way he walks, and even the way he thinks.
Then the stripping starts and the man fills naked, well that is the process we enter when we learn to die-to-self. But look at this drawing. The man is changed into the image of his Creator. The man has become the one he was created to be. Look at his royal robe and his freedom to worship the King. When we become the real person God has created it or should I say I saw the wonderful persona God designed. I actually like that Duane Lee Bemis. You cannot imagine how good it is to become the real person God designed you to be. God does not make junk. God makes good things. God makes only the best. Embrace the real you by dying to self.
As we prepare for this chapter let us begin in prayer or let us talk with the Lord of host: "Father, help us to become the real perso ...

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