It is a great grace of God to practice self-examination; but too much is as bad as too little. --Teresa of AvilaFirst of all, WOW. What a TIMELY, RELEVANT, NEEDED topic for me. What I learned: The Old Self, our old, natural, sinful nature we were born with and grew up with and lived life with-- we must actively and constantly "PUT IT OFF". Be careful-- it is A SELF in its own right, which means it will demand "to be protected, promoted, and served. It wants to control our lives to the extent that all we do centers upon satisfying this powerful nature within us. This self cripples and burdens us" (p. 17). Truth I learned: Jesus gave and continually gives us the POWER to FREE ourselves from this OLD SELF. Heald writes that "we must learn to consciously put off this old nature and confidently put on the new nature that is found in Christ" (p. 18). Examples of Laying Aside the OS in the Bible: What lies do the OS tell us? -Pride that manifests itself in an "I'm sure that I would never do that" kind of attitude (Matthew 26:31-35)' -Lies that say we're not valuable, we are inadequate and that we can't do anything (Exodus 4:10-14)
Self-acceptance is basically trusting God for who i am, disabilities or physical flaws and all. We need to learn to think as George MacDonald did when he said, "I would rather be what god chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been thought about, born in God's thought, and then made by god, is the dearest, grandest, and most precious thing in all thinking. Jerry BridgesRUNNING WITH THE NEW SELF: Read Romans 7:24-25 Identity in Christ expressed in Ephesians 1:3-14; 4:22-24!!!!