Our self-sins and the Cross …

“Given enough time, self-possessiveness, self-indulgence, self-gratification, self-ambition, self-righteousness, all the self-sins, will drive us to the place of abandoning God.
Self-sins lead us to disobedience. And disobedience ultimately leads us to rejection of God and His Word. We will walk away from His love and cut ourselves off from His fellowship.

we must allow Him to cleanse us and root out our deadly self-centeredness. … It is the work of the cross. It is not enough for us to visit Calvary once; the cross must be our constant companion.”

The cross is my constant reminder that in Jesus I am delivered from the tyranny of my self. In Him I am free – free to live. Free to love. Free to praise. Free to please the Father.”

-from p.71-72 of “A Prophet’s Heart” by Charles Brown.

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Even today God’s dealing with self doesn’t make good press …

“Even today God’s dealing with self doesn’t make good press. It won’t get front page exposure, produce glory bumps or bring in large love offerings. But here’s the naked truth; We can sing, praise, pray, preach, give and witness all we want; but until the temple of our lives in cleansed from self, we can never know the full measure of God’s presence.

The result of cleansing is to open up the way for deep personal fellowship with God.”

-from p.72 of “A Prophet’s Heart” by Charles Brown.

Self-righteousness is the subtle sin of the spirit …

“Self-righteousness is the subtle sin of the spirit. We are so easily trapped into playing God; Substituting our own will for His, our own plans and our own goals for His plans and goals. Pride is one of the ugliest forms of self-centeredness, for it pushes God off His throne and dares to stand in the place of ultimate authority.
So often “spiritual boldness” and “aggressive leadership” is simply a pious cover-up for self-importance. We are enamored with ourselves – our accomplishments, our successful ministries and the world-wide outreach.”

-from p.71 of “A Prophet’s Heart” by Charles Brown.

We are kidding ourselves if …

“We are kidding ourselves if we believe we can depend on our own ingenuity and ignore the mind of God yet still come out winners. God’s verdict is clear: “So the common man will be humbled, and the man of importance abased, the eyes of the proud also will be abased” (Isaiah 5:15,16).”

-from p.71 of “A Prophet’s Heart” by Charles Brown.

There is within the human heart a tough root of self …

“There is within the human heart a tough root of self whose nature it is to possess. It covets power and recognition with a fierce passion. We are like children, pulling our toys from our playmates shouting, “Mine! Mine! Mine!”
It is this tyranny of self that keeps us from knowing the Presence of God. Self is the usurper of God’s throne. If I allow this enemy to rule my life, I make the temple of God a “Robbers’ den.”
The House of God is clogged with the dirt of our self-interest and ambition. Many of our spiritual leaders are motivated by personal gain. And, many of our people support leadership that is building personal kingdoms and private monuments. In fact, this egotism, self-promotion and self-ambition are often applauded. Sometimes it seems selfish ambition is a prerequisite for successful Christian ministry.”

-from p.68-69 of “A Prophet’s Heart” by Charles Brown.

We live in a time where lying is considered “good business.” …

“We live in a time where lying is considered “good business.” Truth is begging in the streets. Within and without the family of God it is increasingly difficult to get a straight answer.
We cover up our deception with pious phrases: “After all, it’s to advance God’s kingdom,” “it’s really the result that matters anyway,” “if her husband can’t supply her need I guess I’ll have to,” or “surely God wants us to use our common sense.”
God doesn’t need our religious lies to advance His kingdom. He calls us to “walk in the light” (I John 1:7); to deal honestly with our brothers: “Do not lie to one another, since you have laid aside the old self with its evil practices” (Colossians 3:9); and to give honest responses: “But let your statement be, Yes, yes, or No, no; and anything beyond this is of the evil one” (Matthew 5:37).

-from p.70-71 of “A Prophet’s Heart” by Charles Brown.