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Dealing With Self (God’s View)

TOPIC: Dealing With Self (God’s View)
TEXT: Lk 9:23-24; 1Cor 3:19-20; 1Jn 2:15-17
MEMORY VERSE: Pro 14:12

INTRODUCTION
The supreme challenge you will face in making Christ-honouring, biblical changes is dying to self. The biblical perspective concerning “self” is exactly opposite to what the wisdom of this world proclaims (Isa 55:8-9; Jer 10:23; 1Cor 3:19-20; 1Jn 2:15-17).
You will face constant temptations of self-centeredness that lead to thoughts, words, and actions that are devastating to the Body of Christ and your own walk with the Lord. Because they characterize your life apart from Christ, these sins must be confessed and overcome if you are to mature as a child of God (Mk 7:20-23; Jer 17:9; Rom 6:12-13; 1Pet 2:11-12).

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
1. No one hates himself; rather, he loves, cherishes, and nourishes himself (Mt 22:39; Eph 5:29). Man’s problem is that he pays too much attention to self, not too little (Lk 9:24; Phil 2:19-21; 2Tim 3:1-5).
2. A proper view of self comes from an understanding of who you are in Christ (Rom 8:14-17; Eph 1:3-14; Col 2:9-12; 1Pet 2:9-10).
3. Your contentment in all circumstances is dependent on your obedient response to God in your deeds (thoughts, words, actions) (Gen 4:7; Ps 119:165; Isa 26:3; Lk 11:28; Jn 15:10-11; 2Cor 4:7-10, 16-18; Phil 4:6-7,11).
4. God has delight and pleasure in your obedience of faith (1Sam 15:22, Heb 11:6), not merely in your protestation of loyalty (Pro 20:6, Mt 7:21, 1Jn 2:4), your expressions of remorse (1 Sam 15:24-26), or your good but meaningless activities (Ps 40:6; 51:16-17; Jer 6:20; Heb 10:1-4).

FURTHER STUDY
Pro 11:2; 30:32; Isa 5:20-21; Mt 23:12; 1Cor 1:20, 25, 27; 10:12; 2Tim 3:2-7; Jas 4:6;
2Pet 2:1-3; 1Jn 2:16).

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