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Chapter 10: Overcoming Your Self

I have learned that the soil on our feet and the pain of our walk are symbolic of our “contacts” with life. They represent things like resentments, hidden pride, secret lust, lack of love, impatience, intolerance, stubbornness, self-pity and unbelief. These impurities are washed from our feet – our life – as we walk through conviction and the humbling experience of acknowledgment, confession and repentance.

These impurities are washed from your feet as you grow; as you read God’s Word and live out His Word in your life; as you listen to and follow those who have secured the promises of the Lord. These are things that God makes obvious to others while they are obscured from your own vision.

Washing your feet gives you victory over the sins of “commission.”

We Need Each Other

Husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, friends and fellowships are there to help us grow and give us strength and comfort.

We need the help of others to see our error and make it known to us…to humble us when necessary!

God is speaking to you through those in close contact with your life.   He confirms His words in your conscience.  This is the bitter “water” of conviction – the hard “water” of humility.  But washing these things away in the “water” of truth is a requirement for all who want to enter the Kingdom of God. And though it is the “water” of affliction, it is much more the love, understanding and compassion of God Himself, speaking and working through others.

Salvation is like a bath that cleanses the body; but your feet – still connected to the soil of life – must be cleansed in order to be completely clean and remain clean… clean and shiny for the wedding of the Lamb.

“Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father…so, He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing and wrapped a towel around His waist.

After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him.”

John 13:1, 4, 5

“Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no part with Me. A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet.’”

John 13:8, 10

“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

John 13:14, 17

Overcoming Your “Self”

Self is the sin nature you were born with, and it is the enemy of your spirit.  It works to please the natural man, the selfish nature.

Self is the obstacle in your path to eternal living because self blocks the flow of the Holy Spirit. Love is the key that opens the way!

Self cannot live in the presence of Jesus’ Love. As you spend time in His presence, as you rest in His Love, and as you embrace His words and begin to follow them, the self in you disappears.

Keep your eyes on Jesus. He will teach you about love, real love. He will help you see the world through His loving eyes. He will show you His gentle loving ways, free of your anger and bitterness. He will free you of your envy and anxiety and impatience.

The Holy Spirit will transform your old nature into Jesus’ nature as you keep your eyes fixed upon Him. Keep your eyes upon Jesus.

Be Open to God’s Correction

I wish I could say there is an easy way to change, but there just isn’t. If you are truly open to becoming all that God knows you can be and desire to “overcome” the “self” in your life, then trust Him.

The circumstances of life will give you every opportunity to grow into His likeness.

“But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Matthew 5:44-46, 48

God loves us all the same, but he doesn’t treat us all the same; He allows trials and hardships in answer to your desire to become His “son.”

He will discipline, but He will also have intimate fellowship with you. He will reward you for loving Him and serving Him.

“But God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.

Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

Hebrews 12:10, 11

“We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.”

Acts 14:22

This is what growing in Christ is all about. It is learning to trust and praise God in the midst of life’s “hard places” (His discipline). It is growing into the nature of Jesus – becoming “in” Jesus. It is learning to see as He sees and loving as He loves. It is living in the “fullness” of eternal life – glorifying the Father with a sanctified life. It is becoming the bride of Christ.

The Word of God

There is no substitute for feeding your spirit with the Word of God. The Word of God is the “flesh and blood” of our Lord Jesus Christ.

From Genesis to Revelation, the Word of God is Jesus. Feeding your spirit helps you overcome the sins of omission.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.”

John 1:1, 14

“I am the bread of life. I tell you the truth. Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.

Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in him.”

John 6:48, 53-55

God has made a veritable banquet for the “believer” to feed upon. He is pouring out His Spirit in virtually every area of life.

If you are hungering and thirsting for the things of God you will have the desire to “eat” what is being poured out by the Spirit.

Feeding your spirit will transform your natural mind into the mind and heart of Christ. You will begin to walk in eternity and think in eternity.

Helping others, as well as giving a “tithe” of your income will soon become to you what they were meant to be: opportunities to love and serve the Father.

As you walk in these areas of obedience you will learn to be responsible in all things… and His blessings will flow. You will learn balance and self-control. You will learn to see the difference between “blessings” and just “things.”

When these areas are brought into the will of the Father there is true freedom.

“… Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

Matthew 4:4