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Borrowing Sin - Dying To Self

I keep lamenting the fact that I cannot seem to figure out how to die to myself.

I can’t seem to put away my “self” tendencies.

But this morning, as I spend time in the Word and in prayer, I am reminded (once again) that I am going about it all wrong.

How Do We Die To Ourselves?
Jesus Saves

“Dying to self” is a bit of an oxymoron in that, we cannot die to ourselves, by ourselves.

We need Jesus to help us.

Or perhaps, to be more precise, we need Jesus to do it for us.

But here’s the truth;

He already did.

Dying To Self
Dying To Self

When He went to the cross, Jesus died in our place.

The only reason that dying to self will ever become possible for us is because Jesus already died for us.

So, because I am in Christ, and because Christ is in me, in a sense, my old self is already dead.

The problem is, I keep borrowing “sin” and “self” from my old life;

from my dead self.

And try as I might, I can’t seem to stop borrowing from it.

But, what if, instead of focusing on trying to stop borrowing sin from my old self, by myself, I instead, simply directed my focus to Jesus?

What if I quit trying to root out the dead, sin parts of myself, and filled my mind and my heart and my soul with Jesus, and just let Him root out the dead, sin parts of me?

Being that He has already conquered death;

being that He has already claimed the victory over sin;

wouldn’t it make more sense to simply fill my life with Jesus and let Him deal with my dead, selfish sin?

It would.

And the thing is,

I already knew this;

but I think I forgot.

I took my eyes from the Light and turned them toward the darkness of my sin.

How dumb is that?

I can’t defeat my sin.

But Jesus already has.

So today, I turn my eyes back to Him.

As I continue to abide with Him;

as I fill my mind with His living, breathing Word;

and with prayer;

and with worship;

as I continue to allow Jesus to pour His love and beauty and healing and glory into me;

there will be less and less room for my sin, for my “self”, anyway.

For how could my sin even begin to compete with Him?

It can’t.

That’s the whole point of what He did for me on the cross.

It’s the whole point of what He did for you, too.

Dying To Self
Borrowing Sin

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Stay holy, Beloved.

Stay hygge.

Love, Melinda


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