I do not know anyone that I think is totally dead to self all the time. In fact, Paul the great Saint of God, stated "I die daily." It is an everyday commitment and challenge. Gal. 2:20 states, "I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live!" Later in Gal. 5:16-26 we see the struggle of the flesh against the Spirit and the description of "the fruit of the Spirit." Living the Spirit-filled life is impossible apart from dying to self. The most basic problem of man is Self-Ish-Ness, resulting in SIN. Gal. 5:24 states, "And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts." Notice who does the crucifying here. Satan loves the uncrucified life. Please read Romans 6 to get a good picture of the battle that goes on in a believer and the necessity of dying to self. Verse 1 states, "How shall we that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" Verse 6 states, "Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin." Verse 11 states, "Likewise, reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord." Our sinful, fleshy nature does not want to be crucified.
- The only way to deal with craving for sin is to die to self.
1 Cor. 9:24-27 tell us we have to "keep under my body, and bring it into subjection.
- The only way to deal with criticisms from others is to die to self. Aside from the fact that the critics may be wrong in their criticism, right or wrong, we cannot allow ourselves to be controlled by it. When we are dead to self, we can take criticism, right or wrong. I have two choices in dealing with criticisms directed to me. I can turn it into hate or hurt or I can die to self and rise above it. 1 Peter 3:13 states, "And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
- The only way to deal with circumstances of life is to die to self. Both Joseph and Job are good examples of saints caught in circumstances out of their control, and not coming under their control. Job's wife said, "curse God and die," and Job's response in 2:10 reveals that he had already died to self. "What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips." Dying to self removes the best of Satan's devices, our flesh!