Saturday, December 13, 2008


Self esteem. Self acceptance. Self love. The whole world is on a crusade to convince us that we would all be happier and more content if we would just love ourselves more.

I'm sorry but that's just hooey!

The Bible does indeed have alot to say about self......things like deny your self. Mortify the deeds of this body....(that means *Kill Yourself* in today's language). If you want to live you have to die. No man has ever hated his own flesh (self)....but he loves it and nourisheth it. We don't have low self esteem. No, we don't. We love ourselves. The Bible says we do. Ephesians 5:29 .

We all love ourselves. And way too much. Who needs Baal or Ashteroth? These days we bow down before the idol of self love and self esteem. I ,me,my.

The second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. Notice He didn't say love yourselves He knew we already do that and quite well thank you. Jesus told us to love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves because we love ourselves so much. He knew if we loved and served others like we do ourselves there would be no problems.

The world is upside down. The very thing that it seeks is the very thing God tells us to kill. Self seeking,self gratification,self esteem self importance all this selfishness is unBiblical. Very unBiblical. In fact the Bible says that we are not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought (Romans 12:3) and “let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves” (Phil. 2:3). If you want to be first you have to make yourself last. John the Baptist prayed that he would decrease so our Lord could increase in him. And finally ....Jesus Christ our perfect example knew exactly what to do with this flesh. He became a servant and allowed his *self* to be nailed to a cross.

Le 23:29 -
For anyone who does not practice self-denial during that entire day shall be cut off from the people.
Pr 12:9 -
Better to be despised and have a servant, than to be self-important and lack food.
Pr 18:1 -
The one who lives alone is self-indulgent, showing contempt for all who have sound judgment.
Pr 25:28 -
Like a city breached, without walls, is one who lacks self-control.
Pr 26:16 -
The lazy person is wiser in self-esteem than seven who can answer discreetly.
Pr 28:11 -
The rich is wise in self-esteem, but an intelligent poor person sees through the pose.
Mt 23:25 -
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.
Ac 24:25 -
And as he discussed justice, self-control, and the coming judgment, Felix became frightened and said, “Go away for the present; when I have an opportunity, I will send for you.”
Ro 2:8 -
while for those who are self-seeking and who obey not the truth but wickedness, there will be wrath and fury.
Ro 6:6 -
We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin.
Ro 7:22 -
For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self,
1Co 7:5 -
Do not deprive one another except perhaps by agreement for a set time, to devote yourselves to prayer, and then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
1Co 7:9 -
But if they are not practicing self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to be aflame with passion.
1Co 9:25 -
Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one.
Ga 5:13 -
For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another.
Ga 5:23 -
gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.
Eph 4:22 -
You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts,
Eph 4:24 - and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

1 comment:

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