Monday, September 19, 2016

ARE YOU DEAD YET?

Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. (Luk 20:18)


I failed to answer the question posed in my last article—What does brokenness look like?

I will attempt to answer the question in this article.

Brokenness is a process that begins before you first laid your life on the altar and asked the Lord for His salvation.

For many, that is where it stops.

One wit has said that the problem of offering our life as a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1) is that the sacrifice keeps getting up off the altar.

I’ve already covered the main verses that present the concept of being broken, and I have discussed the idea of brokenness.

The way the Lord has designed for this to occur in our life is through what is known as “death to self.”

Recall that we saw that it is the self and all of its aspects that stand in the way of our being conformed to the image of Christ. (Rom. 8:29)

Notice what Jesus had to say about the self—
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. (Luk 9:23-24)
The word “deny” is used in two ways in the NT—
  1. to affirm that one has no acquaintance or connection with someone; 
  2. to forget one's self, lose sight of one's self and one's own interests.
It’s essential definition is “to deny utterly.”

With that definition and those ways of its use in scripture, it is difficult to reconcile Jesus’ statement here with the current concept of trying to improve one’s self esteem through positive affirmations or declarations.

“Take up his cross”—meditate on that for a little.
  • It’s something you must pick up yourself. 
  • It’s not laid on you. 
  • It’s specifically designed for you. 
  • It’s a cross—the symbol of death. 
  • You’re a “dead man walking.”

Most believers and Bible students know this. They know that this is one of those paradoxical principles of the kingdom.

The way to live is to die.

However, when we look around, we find that this is just another area where we can observe the practical atheism rampant in the Body of Christ.

It may be of help at this point to just list some of the verses that deal with the idea of brokenness.

There are plenty of examples of ‘broken’ bible characters such as Moses, David, Isaiah, Paul, Peter; but we will look at the verses that speak directly to the challenge.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. (Jhn 12:24-25)
Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. (Rom 8:12-13)
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; (Tit 2:11-12)
There are many more which I give here for your consideration and contemplation—if you are serious about being conformed to the image of Christ.


Eph. 4:22-24     Gal. 2:20            Phil. 3:8             Col. 3:5
Jn. 12:24           Rom. 6:11          Rom. 12:1-2       1 Pet. 4:12
Gal. 5:24            Jn. 3:30             Rom. 8:12-13     1 Pet. 4:2
Lk. 14:33           Matt. 10:35        Gal. 6:14            Rom. 6:6-8

Rather than trying to describe what brokenness or death to self might look like, I have included another piece by Bill Britton—

DYING TO SELF

When you are forgotten, or neglected, or purposely set at naught, and you don't sting and hurt with the insult or the oversight, but your heart is happy, being counted worthy to suffer for Christ.
THAT IS DYING TO SELF

When your good is evil spoken of, when your wishes are crossed, your advice disregarded, your opinions ridiculed, and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart, or even defend yourself, but take it all in patient, loving silence.
THAT IS DYING TO SELF

When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, any irregularity, any impunctuality, or any annoyance; when you stand face-to- face with waste, folly, extravagance, spiritual insensibility and endure it as Jesus endured.
THAT IS DYING TO SELF

When you are content with any food, any offering, any climate, any society, any raiment, any interruption by the will of God.
THAT IS DYING TO SELF

When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation, or to record your own good works, or itch after commendations, when you can truly love to be unknown.
THAT IS DYING TO SELF

When you can see your brother prosper and have his needs met and can honestly rejoice with him in spirit and feel no envy, nor question God, while your own needs are far greater and in desperate circumstances.
THAT IS DYING TO SELF

When you can receive correction and reproof from one of less stature than yourself and can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly, finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart.
THAT IS DYING TO SELF


Are you dead yet? In these last days, the Spirit would bring us to the cross.

"That I may know Him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death." Phil.3:10


I carry a copy of this in my bible, and have for years. I have to reprint a new one every once in awhile, because it becomes so worn.

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