GOD has had me focusing on the self lately. Not in the context of being selfish but it the context of not letting myself get in the way of the spirit. In other words not interjecting when I shouldn’t or intervening when I shouldn’t.
So the road first took me to the concept of how we all too often point the finger at our brother before looking at our own reflection. Being judgmental in other words. How we chastise one another for believing a certain way when the word clearly states in Romans.
As for the [a]one whose faith is weak, accept him [into your fellowship], but not for [the purpose of] quarreling over his opinions. 2 One man’s faith permits him to eat everything, while the weak believer eats only vegetables [to avoid eating ritually unclean meat or something previously considered unclean]. 3 The one who eats [everything] is not to look down on the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat must not criticize or pass judgment on the one who eats [everything], for God has accepted him. 4 Who are you to judge the servant of another? Before his own master he stands [approved] or falls [out of favor]. And he [who serves the Master—the Lord] will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.5 One person regards one day as better [or more important] than another, while another regards every day [the same as any other]. Let everyone be fully convinced (assured, satisfied) in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord. He who eats, eats for the Lord, since he gives thanks to God; while he who abstains, abstains for the Lord and gives thanks to God.
So I thought that was it, to master the self I just need to focus on what I am doing and walk with Jesus and be only concerned with our relationship and the places we go. That the mastery of self was to not be judgmental and focus on where others are at. However something was missing and I still couldn’t shake the concept of how to master ones self.
He brought me deeper showing me that we are quick to speak. That all too often we listen only to reply without truly hearing what our brother or sister is saying. That we are driven by emotion and we lash out our words as weapons joining with the accuser of the brethren instead of staying our tongue when James clearly states.
3 Now if we put bits into the horses’ mouths to make them obey us, we guide their whole body as well. 4 And look at the ships. Even though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the impulse of the helmsman determines. 5 In the same sense, the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.
See [by comparison] how great a forest is set on fire by a small spark! 6 And the tongue is [in a sense] a fire, the very world of injustice and unrighteousness; the tongue is set among our members as that which contaminates the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life [the cycle of man’s existence], and is itself set on fire by [b]hell (Gehenna).
When earlier in the scripture he even warned us against such things.
19 Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving];
So after this revelation I was sure the message was complete. I stood mistaken once again.
When he brought me to how we could do none of the above things if we are not living in the present moment. If we are not living in the present moment the filter with which we both process and produce information will be skewed, no longer seeing through the Jesus filter but instead seeing through the self filter.
34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
I said this is it and one last time he showed me that I was wrong yet again. In the days that followed the message on remaining present I still could not shake the understanding of how to master ones self. When It had been in front of my face the entire time through subtle messages, even to my pastor preaching about it, as far as to other pastors I listen to preaching about it. I will even go so far as to say the things that would pop up on my Facebook feed were on this very subject. The only way to truly master ones self is to die to self daily.
1 Corinthians 15:31
31 I assure you, believers, by the pride which I have in you in [your union with] Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily [I face death and die to self].
Letting go of all of our attachments, letting go of us and instead focusing on him. The only way to do this, to gain true mastery over ones self one must live to serve others daily. Not just at church services or even in the home (although those are still very important) But instead each day of our lives we must serve one another, laying down our own selfish ambitions and pride and instead putting others first and being truly selfless. Because if your heart is right than it is impossible to even remotely think about being selfish whilst serving.
7 None of us lives for himself [for his own benefit, but for the Lord], and none of us dies for himself [but for the Lord]. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord. So then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For Christ died and lived again for this reason, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
To master ones self one must abandon the very thought of self altogether and fully surrender to the spirit.
16 So those who are last [in this world] shall be first [in the world to come], and those who are first, last.”
As always I thank you for reading the impressions of my heart and hope and pray that you have received something from this and remember.
Laugh to heal
with much love