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The Christian “Self” Dies Hard

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A problem that is common to every believer in Christ is dealing with one’s own inner self. And our confidence in that self.

Yet, despite the reality of our evil inner man, the idea that self-confidence is a bad thing is rejected within Evangelicalism today. 

Because self-esteem teaching has permeated the church. Thanks to a number of “Christian psychologists” who have pushed this thinking. Even going so far as to say that having a lack of self-esteem is the real definition of sin. Which is an idea popularized by the late Robert Schuller, the “positive thinking” preacher.  

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The Futility of Looking Within

 

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The worst problem we face as believers is self confidence.

Talk about a direct conflict of principles between the world and the Bible!

The world teaches us the opposite of that. To have self esteem. To have self confidence. To love ourselves. And to push ourselves forward as much as possible.

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Approaching God without Fear

Bake Lake SunsetHerein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him because he first loved us.” (I John 4: 17-19)

Joy is not possible in the midst of fear. A prerequisite to having joy and keeping it is to reach the end of fear.

So what is it that causes our fear?

The problem is our focus on ourselves — on our own performance, our own good works, our own sincerity, our own inner spiritual gymnastics. Even our own faith.

As Christians, has God brought us to a place where we can live without fear? Do we have a relationship to Christ that removes fear? Can we know the peace and joy of His approval?

The answer is, “Yes”.

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