Dying Daily to Self

I die daily
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Paul the Apostle

Today's Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 15:31, John 12:24

We do not like to talk about death very much, because we have the world’s understanding of what death means. The world counts death as the end of it all – the final straw that breaks the camel’s back, the end that cannot be controlled, etc. etc. But, God gives us an original perspective. Death is a path unto life. Physical death for the believer means a path unto paradise, and we discussed this during the Easter series last month. In the same vein, spiritual death leads to new chapters. What do I mean? John 12:24 says,

I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.

We see that it takes a “dying” to see a “living.” When Paul said, “I die daily”, he knew that he would continually face persecution for the name of Christ Jesus all the days of his life. It is the same with us as believers. And why is this so? Because we are citizens of heaven and sojourners on this earth. For this reason, we need to constantly bring ourselves – thoughts, bodies, actions – under the death of self. We need to say “NO” to the flesh and “YES” to the Spirit.

Yes, it may be “difficult”, but that is why we have a father and brother who is not unable to sympathize with our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15). So, as living sacrifices, we come back again and again to find grace and the strength to die daily.

Prayer Point: Lord Jesus, I am aware again today that my life on earth is a journey. In this journey, help me to die to the desires of the flesh and to yield to the promptings of the Spirit. Grant me the grace to please you every day that I live in Jesus Name. Amen. (If there are particular areas you can identify where you have been struggling to die daily, mention them and ask Him for Grace).

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