December 14, Are You Sure?

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For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.
—Romans 6:7-8
Are you sure that you want your personality to be taken over by One who will expect obedience to the written and living Word? Are you sure that you want your personality to be taken over by One who will not tolerate the self sins?
For instance, self-love. You can no more have the Holy Ghost and have self-love than you can have purity and impurity at the same moment in the same place….
Self-love, self-confidence, self-righteousness, self-admiration, self-aggrandizement, and self-pity are under the interdiction of God Almighty, and He cannot send His mighty Spirit to possess the heart where these things are….
[Do] you desire to have your personality taken over by One who stands in sharp opposition to the world’s easy ways?…The Spirit of God, if He takes over, will bring you into opposition to the world….Are you sure, brother? HTB044-045
As the spirit of self-advancement is the root of all sin, so the spirit of self-denial is the root of all holiness. DTC139
Tozer on the Holy Spirit.

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