A book that has blessed and challeneged me so much in this year has been "The Way of the Cross" by J. Gregory Mantle (Rev. Mantle ministered in Great Britian and USA in the early 1900's and was a great supporter of missions)
Dying to self is the one only way to life in God
The two great pillars upon which true scriptural Christianity rests are the greatness of our fall and the greatness of our redemption...Until you are renewed in the spirit of your mind, your virtues are only taught practises and grafted upon a corrupt bottom. Everything you do will be a mixture of good and bad; your humility will help you to pride; your charity to others will give nourishment to your own self-love, and as your prayers increase so will the opinion of your own sanctity. Because till the heart is purified to the bottom, and has felt the axe at the root of its evil (which cannot be done by outward instruction) everything that proceeds from it partakes of its impurity and corruption
Powerful statement he made. I'll be chewing on that one too! Thanks for being obedient.
It is the law of dynamics that two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time, and if we are ignorant of the crucifixion of the self-life as an experimentl experience, we cannot be filled with the Holy Spirit.