“And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.”-Luke 9:23  

“When you are hurt or neglected and you sting and feel the pain of insults and oversight, but your heart is happy and content and you feel it is a priviledge to suffer for the Christ, that is dying to self; when your good is evil spoken of, when your wishes are crossed, your advice disregarded, your opinions are ridiculed, and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart or even defend yourself, but take it all in patient loving silence, that’s dying to self; when you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, any irregularity, any annoyance, when you can stand face-to-face with waste and folly and extravagance and spiritual insensitivity to you and endure it, that’s dying to self; when you’re content with any food, any offering, any clothes, any climate, any society, any solitude, any interruption into your life by the will of God, that’s dying to self; when you never care to refer to yourself in conversation, or report your own good works, or seek commendation, and actually love to be unknown, that’s dying to self; when you see your brother prosper and have his needs met and you can honestly rejoice with him in spirit and feel no envy or question God while your own needs are far greater and in desperate circumstances, that’s dying to self; when you can receive correction and reproof from one of less stature than yourself and humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly, while finding no rebellion or resentment rising in your heart, that’s dying to self. How are you doing? Are you dead yet?”-John MacArthur, Truth & Life Conference 2003, Main Session, “Proclaiming the Lordship of Christ


About Elizabeth

I am a sinner, saved by grace striving to increase in the knowledge of my Savior and His precious Word each day. The reader should know that there are a few presuppositions with which I approach this blog: 1) I believe in the biblical gospel, which basically purports that all mankind is born under the curse of sin (due to the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden). Therefore, man is separated from God and can have no relationship with God because He is perfectly holy, not even able to look upon sin. Unfortunately, God is also perfectly just and must not only separate Himself from sin, but must also punish it. In order to reconcile man to Himself, God, the Father, sent God, the Son, down to earth to live as a man and take our sins upon Himself on the cross. While on the cross, God, the Son, bore the full weight of the wrath of God, the Father, against our sins in order that we who believe in Him might be set free from the curse of our sin. God, the Son, Jesus Christ, died as a propitiation for our sin in order to appease God, the Father's, holy and just character, redeem us from sin, and reconcile those who believe in this gospel to God, the Father. 2) I am primarily writing to those who already believe in this biblical gospel. In other words, this blog is not focused on evangelizing the lost, but edifying believers. 3) I believe that the Christian Bible is the very word of God. Therefore, it is completely inerrant, infallible, sufficient, and authoritative in the life of a believer.
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