Traits Of the Self Life

Let’s Look at – The Self Life

 (Psalm 139:23-24) “Search me O God, and know my heart; try me and know my thoughts And see if there be any wicked way in me.” 

Listed below are some features and manifestations of the self life with which we are all probably familiar. The list may not be complete and should never be used to compare ourselves or others. Instead we should always remember. Jesus is our only pattern and even he grew and learned obedience.  

(2 Corinthians 10:12) For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend, themselves: but they measure themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

(Philippians 2:5-8) Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God. But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man. he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

(Hebrews 5:8) Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.  

A secret sense of pride: An exalted feeling of self worth. In view of personal success or position, and excellent mentors. Coupled with natural gifts which may be reflected by a stiffness and preciseness. 

Love of human praise: A secret fondness of being noticed, love of supremacy, drawing attention to self in conversation. A swelling time in speaking or praying. 

A stirring of anger or impatience: which, worst of all you call nervousness or holy indignation; a touchy, sensitive spirit; a disposition to resent and retaliate when disapproved of or contradicted; a desire to throw sharp, heated flings at another. 

Self-will,: A stubborn, un-teachable spirit; an arguing, talkative spirit; harsh, sarcastic expressions, with an unwilling, unyielding headstrong disposition; a driving commanding spirit; a disposition to criticize and pick flaws when set aside and unnoticed; a peevish fretful spirit. A disposition that loves to be coaxed and humored. 

Carnal Fear – A man fearing spirit, a shrinking from reproach and duty. Reasoning around your cross. A shrinking from doing your own duty fearfulness that someone will offend and drive some prominent person away; a compromising spirit. 

A jealous disposition, a secret spirit of envy in your heart; an unpleasant sensation when you seef the prosperity and success of another; a disposition to speak of the faults and failings, rather than the gifts and virtues, of those more talented and appreciated than yourself. 

A dishonest, deceitful disposition; the evading and covering of the truth; the covering up of your real faults; the leasing of a better impression of yourself than is strictly true; false humility; exaggeration; straining the truth. 

Unbelief; a spirit of discouragement in times of pressure and opposition; lack of quietness and confidence in God; lack of faith and trust in God; a disposition to worry and complain in the midst of pain, poverty, or at the dispensations of Divine Providence; an over-anxious feeling whether everything will come out all right. 

Formality and deadness; Having a lack of concern for lost souls; dryness and indifference; lack of power with God.

Selfishness: love of ease; love of money. These are some of the traits which generally indicate a carnal heart. As we consider this trait we must by prayer, hold our heart open to the searchlight of Holy Spirit, until we see the groundwork thereof. The Holy Spirit will enable us, by con-fession and faith, to bring our self-life to the death. We must not patch over. We must not be lenient. (Holy Spirit will help us, but we must get a true revelation. We must see the true picture.  

My Prayer:

“Save me from myself O Lord. I want to be lost in You. Oh, that it might be no more I but Christ that lives in me.” 

(Psalm 51:10) Create in me a clean heat, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.   

(John 6:32) And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.  

(Psalm 89:14) Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy (God’s) throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.

(Deuteronomy 30:19 – I call heaven and earth to record this day against you that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest obey his voice and cleave unto him for he is thy life; and the length of days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.  

(Proverbs 26:3) As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.  

(Philippians 3:13- 14) Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

(Isaiah49:8-9)  Thus saith the LORD in an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritage; That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them tha are in darkness, Shew yourselees. They shall feed in the way, and their pastures shall be in the high places.

Two Ungodly Beliefs

1. “There is nothing I can do about it.”

2. “I’ve done all I can.”

But The truth is I can do something about it.

If it involves me I must do more than scout it.

I must find the cause.

It’s not time to linger or pause.

With all my strength

And all my might,

I must push back the veil,

And enter the light.

I must spot the culprit.

I must push to endure.

The struggle is worth it,

Of this I am sure.

Father, Help me do an intricate examination

Of my thoughts, and inclinations.

And also check my tendencies

To do only as I please.

Help me not to hide.

Please stay close by my side.

Show me the recesses of my heart.

My desire is to be

A perfect piece of art.

I belong to you Father.

Shine the light of Your presence upon me.

I want you to examine

And tell me what you see.

Behold! Father spoke

And I heard Him say,

“This is the time.

This is your day.

My call is to come

And then obey.

Start listening

Change your words

And stop resisting.”

Margarett Inez Bates

     

  Dying To Self by Bill Briton

 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 is 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, irregularity, any unpunctuality, or any annoyance. When you can stand face to face with waste and folly, extravagance or spiritual insensibility…and endure it as Jesus endured it. That is dying to self. 

When you are content with, any food, any offering, any raiment, any climate, any society, any solitude, 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 commendation. 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 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. 

From the desk of: Margarett Inez Bates  Please check my Blog – Kokomo Poet Also I have 2 books on Amazon.com E-mail me at marginezb@comcast.net

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A Christmas Prayer

Once upon a time,
In the month of December
So long ago it’s hard to remember.
In an old log cabin on Christmas day,
A family gathering
Was about to pray.
“Lord, bless our family and keep us together.
As we Love each other
In all kinds of weather.
We know that someday
The circle will be broken,
So help us each day with words that are spoken.
As we eat together, and share each other’s pain,
Help us Lord, not to complain.
Let us always reach out our hand
To aid and comfort any way we can.
Thank you for this, our daily bread,
And for listening
To what was just said.

Margarett Inez Bates

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Christmas 1947

Of the past I oft remember,
though at times it was not great.
Very soft, I tread the memory.
Was it a school or was it fate?
Hard the chore to put together.
Puzzle pieces now I see.
Seven children seldom settled.
Next to last included me.
We were poor and pressed survival.
To make it through there was no line.
Many days we were not certain, but
Tomorrow for us the sun would shine.
Looking back the picture’s faded.
Most of life was somehow jaded.
Once in a while I see a glimmer,
Nine in all as I remember.
Pressing hard to find survival,
Every thing seemed a rival.
Times and places are sometimes scrambled.
Recollection is somewhat rambled.
But now and then I catch a memory
Of a bleak time, not just penury.
Although getting past was an endless struggle,
And pondering it long my mind would boggle.
Tomorrow did come, with God’s great blessing
In spite of hard times, need, and its dressing.
Our greatest Christmas was in forty-seven.
We were all together and it was like heaven.
Chicken and ham and lots of the other,
All of us seven and father and mother.
Our oldest sister and her husband
Brought their baby.
She was a treat
And I don’t mean maybe.
Of that special time, I oft remember
I believe it was our best December.

Margaret Inez Bates

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Seven Children

Seven children, seemed unneeded,
Caught in fates sucking sound,
Running, moving, seldom settled,
Never planted on the ground.
Could it be that we were special,
Treasures each a priceless jewel,
Was our family just a school?
Yes, I believe families are special.
Within life dramas thus unfolds.
Although it passes our attention,
Through each part a story’s told.
Listen close, the curtain’s rising.
Once only a chance arrives.
Let’s remember this one statement.
Family only by love survives.
So we’ll press on in spite of turmoil,
Hurting or come what may,
Let’s hold firm onto each other,
Knowing it’s worth the price we pay.
Without a doubt we all are precious,
Matchless no one can compare,
Forever we will be united and agree
Cause we were there.

Margarett Inez Bates

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My Confession Concerning My Tongue

Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred (Job 6:24).

Father in the Name of Jesus I make the quality decision to take control of my tongue. I renounce and therefore cancel the power of every word I have spoken against you and your operation in my life. I ask you to put a watch over my mouth. My desire is for the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart to be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14).

Because I KNOW that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks, I set myself to fill my heart with your word and always  to speak in line with YOUR Word. Father, as Your child, I confess that I am healed – I am filled with your mighty Holy Spirit.  I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. I am victorious in every area of my life (Romans 4:17b). God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

Father, I thank you for helping me not to be double-minded. I set myself to be in line with  the Word of God. I choose  to let the word of Christ dwell in me richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in our hearts to the Lord (Colossians 3:16).

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Truth Was Obscure

I had no clue
I was running scared.
For the impending future
I was not prepared.
With only perception
To rule my fate,
I kept taking the same picture,
Unaware of the date.
Deception was in progress.
Truth was obscure.
Just making it was painful.
It was hard to endure.
Then came the test
To check my enlightenment.
Could there be?
Is there an indictment?
While caught in the midst
Of this awkward intrusion,
I ponder the need
Of some deliberate seclusion.
As I moved away
From the prevalent infusion
I became aware of another
Conclusion.
Was then that I caught
A glimpse of salvation:
Freedom from all sin
Without reservation.
As I lifted my head
To an upward direction
It became clear
I must make another selection.
“Choose this day whom you will serve.”

Margarett Inez Bates

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Remember The Constitution

We set amidst a conglomeration
Of influence, chaos, and onsets
Transposed by the mingled
And confused hodgepodge
Of lies and deceit
And the importing of a constant mix
Of turmoil and exasperation
Yet many seem to be oblivious
Of our condition,
Let alone the cause,
The truth is
We are caught in between
Compromise and inquisition
As a whole We are numb,
We are baffled
But totally unaware
Of our condition
We have no clue.
Any other being
Would be beating
Their head against a wall.
But instead “We The People”
Have surrendered to temporary relief.
A technical fix.
What will it take to wake us up?
What will we do when we discover
The problem is within us.
Because we had no standard
We have lost our moral compass?
For Sure
A gross distortion has occurred.
Why, are we not concerned,
In spite of the fact
That some terrible
History is about to repeat itself, in spades.
Could it be that: disfranchisement
and disenchantment?
Has caused an attitude of apathy?
Are we glued to our own perceptions?
Do we hear ourselves saying,
“Let someone else do it”?
Do we not know that: mutiny is change?
It’s a physical revolt
It’s rebellion.
We must continually remind ourselves
That America is a Republic.
Our government is based on Law.
Remember – The Constitution.
Better yet, why not read it?

Margarett Inez Bates

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