Tag: Self

Total Surrender

A.B. Simpsonby A.B. Simpson

Let your moderation be known unto all men —Philippians 4:5

The very test of consecration is our willingness not only to surrender the things that are wrong, but to surrender our rights, to be willing to be subject. When God begins to subdue a soul, He often requires us to yield the things that are of little importance in themselves and thus breaks our necks and subdues our spirits.

No Christian worker can ever be used of God until the proud self-will is broken and the heart is ready to yield to God’s every touch, no matter through whom it may come.

Many people want God to lead them in their way, but they will endure no authority or restraint. They will give their money, but they want to dictate how it shall be spent. They will work as long as you let them please themselves, but let any pressure come and you immediately run up against not the grace of resignation but a letter of resignation. They may withdraw from some important trust, and arouse a whole community of criticizing friends, who are equally disposed to have their own opinions and their own way. Such attitudes are destructive of all real power.

by A.B. Simpson

The Epiphanes Syndrome

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

In the story of Chanukah, Antiochus Epiphanes was a shadow of the anti-Christ. He went into the Temple and defiled the Holy of Holies. As the anti-Christ will do, Antiochus opposed and exalted himself over everything that was of God and proclaimed himself to be god. Epiphanes means God manifest. When man denies God, he proclaims himself as god. When any government denies God, it becomes god.

Even believers can fall into the Epiphanes Syndrome. When you see yourself as the center of everything, when your greatest concern is yourself, or when you seek praise instead of giving it to God, you’re falling into the Epiphanes Syndrome. But if you cleanse your temple and empty yourself in true humility, then God will be able to manifest Himself in your life. Those who exalt themselves will come to nothing. But those who humble themselves under the mighty hand of God, and empty themselves of themselves, their life will become a Holy of Holies, filled with the presence of God.

Today’s Mission – Today, ask the Lord to cleanse your heart of selfishness and to fill you with His presence.

by Jonathan Cahn