THE WALK OF BROKENNESS – DEATH TO SELF

Nov 23, 2023

1 Corinthians 10:12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

2 Samuel 3:39 39 And I am weak today, though anointed king;…

It is a walk of brokenness; that constant awareness that you are a man and need to lean on God every second of your life.

I pray because I am weak, strong men do not pray. Where is your help, strength, and confidence from?

2 Corinthians 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,

The help of God always comes to those who are not sufficient of themselves. They entirely depend on God. The true gospel calls us to die to ‘Self’; that is why Jesus said, “Carry your cross and follow me (Matthew 16:24). At the cross we die to self (our agenda, ambition, plans etc.) and embrace the will of the Father.

 Do not be too strong in yourself, God is not attracted to human strength (Psalm 147:10). You will always miss God when you have another strength to lean on. (The man at the pool almost missed Jesus because he was waiting for an event – John 5:1-9)

1 Corinthians 1:8-9 [8] For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. [9] Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God, who raises the dead,

There is a place in God where you lose everything and only look to Him. These men despaired of life, considered themselves dead men but only hoped in God and the Holy Spirit.

When man fell, the most significant change was the rise of ‘ Self’; ‘I’ took over man. The same sin that made Lucifer fall from heaven. 

‘Self’ must die in order for the will of the Father to find full expression in a man’s life. 

Psalms 19:13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of [a]great transgression.

The presumptuous sin is when ‘Self’ sits on the throne.

You assume you know, yet you don’t. You assume you are speaking for God yet it’s you. You do not own up mistakes but make excuses because of self. ‘Self’ must die!

The fact that you can do what another man has been ordained to do doesn’t mean you must do it. That is ‘Self’ trying to rise.

Saul lost his kingship because of presumption. He was sent to destroy the Amalekites but came up with his own idea and spared some. (1 Samuel 15:1-27)

Another time he decided to offer sacrifices because of impatience yet it was not in his office. When he was confronted about it. He wasn’t repentant but instead loved to be honored by men rather than God. (1 Samuel 13:1-15)

John 3:26-30

John knew how to put ‘Self’ down. He never gave room for pride, ‘Self’ to rise. He knew when to exit the platform. He always pointed the people to Jesus and not himself. He knew he wasn’t the main man and told them… ‘ He must increase and I must decrease’.

Nothing attracts God to a people and a congregation like brokenness.

Romans 8:26

You need the help of the Holy Spirit. No matter the numerous successes, you are still a man with infirmities. That consciousness will help you to always cry out to God for help.

STAY BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED, WE LOVE YOU.

PASTOR BEN OCHOLA.