Believing in Ourselves More Than God

“When in doubt, we often believe ourselves before we believe God…We don’t believe him when he tells us that he is our deepest source of satisfaction and joy.  Instead, we live for pleasure, for the moment, for the gratification of our sensual desires, or for whatever else we think will bring us happiness and fulfillment…

world meSometimes we deceive ourselves into believing that we are God-centered because the things around which we orient our lives (church, ministries, work, family) are good things…[We] can do all the right things but for the wrong reasons.  our behaviors may look Christlike, but our heart is centered in ourselves and in getting what we want and think we need for life.  The fruit might look a little different, but the roots of self-centeredness are the same.  Paul cautions us against this self-orientation.  He tells us, ‘Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others’ (Philippians 2:4).  Self-centeredness is quite automatic and natural in all of us.  If we are to grow in Christ, we will need to consciously choose to die to ourselves and to purposely center ourselves in Someone greater.”

-Leslie Vernick (How to Act Right When Your Spouse Acts Wrong, pp 90-91)
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