The enemy loves when we focus on ourselves, because inward focus is self consuming — consuming our thoughts, time, and energy. Self-focus is any easy target by the enemy, because self-needs are so very needy.
It is in being consumed with self that one is self-consumed. Self-focus consumes, bite by bite until nothing is left but bitterness, strife, pride, and self-infatuation. Ugh. And, self can be so very selfish. When self is torn into pieces by self, there is no peace.
If looking for something in the world for self-filling, satisfaction can’t be found. We are not made for the world, we are made for eternity with an eternal purpose. And, an eternal soul can’t be filled by the temporal, only The Eternal One can fill for all eternity.
Paul reminds us, “Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.” ~ Romans 13:14 (NIV) The cure for self-consuming is moving the focus off self and onto God, for when we are consumed with God and His love, our self-consuming stops. By focusing on God and His truth, His word, His love, His blessings, His grace, His mercy, we find freedom, new life, healing, love, growth, restoration, hope, peace, and the joy of His perspective.
Oh, the joy found in sloughing off the self-suit. The only thing I want to be consumed with is loving the Lord my God with all my heart, and with all my soul, and with all my mind. For when my self is consumed with loving God, what beautiful peace and joy my little self can find!
Feeling over-concerned with self? Change the focus to loving our loving God and receive freeing, self-exfoliation relief.
Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” ~ Matthew 22:37 (NET Bible)
“Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?” ~ Matthew 25:25-26 (MSG)
Love with the love of Christ. “Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up. It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful. It is not glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-6 (NET Bible)
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