“What Does Dying to Self Mean ??” 3/28/2022 Written by bruce r. mills

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Written by bruce r. mills @  www.Godsmanforever.com   [Revised from 10/01/2016]

                  “What Does Dying to Self Mean ??”

As a Christian, what does dying to self mean ??  See what we are taught in God’s Word, below…

Mark 9:34-35When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.” (NKJV)

The absolute key to living a Christ-centered life, is to deny our own will…and seek the Lord’s will for our life…  We have to die to self, which the opening scripture tells us, with these words… For whoever desires to save his life will lose it

There are many scripture verses that tell us about the need to “die to self”…  You can find some of these at the link in Reference 1. below…   In my humble opinion, I believe this scripture by the Apostle Paul, explains this dying to self the best, in…

Romans 6:8-11…  Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (NKJV)

Being dead to sin does not mean that we will no longer sin…  It means that if we are doing our best to live for Christ, we will confess any sin as soon as possible, to again be practically righteous in God’s eyes…  1 John 1:9…  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (NKJV)

We as Christians should be striving to live as a disciple of Christ…  How do we do this ??  Jesus tells us in…  John 8:31-32…  Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  (NKJV)

Friends…it is by reading, studying, and digesting God’s Word, that we as Christians learn how we are to live lives pleasing to God…  Spending time in the Word is also the only way to systematically put on ALL six pieces of God’s spiritual armor, in order to stand firm against Satan’s attacks…Ephesians 6:10-20…  (See Reference 2. Below)

You say you are not reading your Bible on a regular basis ??  You will not be feeding your spirit, as Jesus tells His Disciples (and us), in…

Matthew 4:4 (and Luke 4:4)… But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”  (NKJV)

Satan will deceive you into believing that you don’t need to spend time EVERY DAY in God’s Word…  So submit your life to God…spend time in prayer and in the Word every day…and you will be on your way to pleasing God, and keeping Satan in check…through the supernatural power and protection of the Holy Spirit…

I spent a day writing how I am personally able to do my best to remain Spirit-filled (Ephesians 5:18-20), and living for the Lord…  You will find it at the link below in Reference 3. titled…”God’s Duo”…   I praise God for the power of the Holy Spirit to fight my battles for me !!

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

Related links:


  1. Scripture on dying to self…  http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Death-To-Self

  2. God’s spiritual armor…     https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=eph+6%3A10-20&version=NKJV

  3. “God’s Duo”…  https://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/gods-group-thoughts-for-2252013-gods-duo/

 P.S.   When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT  is your soul ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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About Godsmanforever

I present posts about God's Word, with a personal focus on how God's grace is received through saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ... Sinners must understand and obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ... See this link for more... https://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/
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