What Does “Dying To Self” Really Mean?

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Dying to self means you want God to have control of your life more than you want to keep control of it yourself.

There was a day when I died, utterly died — died to George Müller, his opinions, preferences, tastes, and will; died to the world, its approval or censure; died to the approval or blame even of my brethren and friends — and since then I have only to show myself approved to God.

George Muller (1805-1898)

George Muller was used by God in a mighty way in England. There were many orphan children who roamed the streets causing trouble. They were hungry, dirty, and needed love and attention. God placed a burden on his heart to do something about this dire situation. A whole generation of children was being lost to Satan because they didn’t have mentors to give them the right instruction.

Instead of talking himself out of this momentous task by saying, “Somebody needs to do something about these children, but I don’t have the learning or resources to make a difference,” he responded to the calling of God and made the decision to START. He knew that God would have to intervene or it would be an “impossible” task. How could he possibly have cared for all these children on a long-term basis without God’s help?

God led him to open an orphanage, and he decided that if God had truly called him to do this impossible task, He could be depended upon to completely provide the finances to do it. WHAT A STEP OF FAITH!!!

He knew that God would not only have to provide for his needs, but for many hungry children who would be depending on him to provide for their needs.

And God did supply the needs for not only 1 orphanage, but many of them as George Müller walked in obedience day after day. Over his lifetime he mentored thousands of orphan children and gave them a hope for a bright future.

God used 1 man who would walk in obedience to change the future for thousands of children. And there is no doubt that the city and surrounding areas changed for the better as well. A whole generation of children now had hope for the future instead of growing up in a state of hopelessness.

As I read this quote, it brought to memory how I had battled with this particular thing for several years. I used to think of “dying to self” and what it would mean in my life. I truly wanted God to have total control and walk in obedience to what He desired.

But “dying to self” is something I tried to accomplish in my own power. Then when I messed up, I would berate myself and think that I would never be able to do this thing that George Muller had done that so powerfully changed his life.

I finally realized that “dying to self” means that you want God to have control over everything in your life more than you want to control it yourself.

The first step is to learn to hear the Holy Spirit when He speaks and just be obedient to what He says. He will never lead you astray, and always desires the very best for your life. If you wake up each day and your main desire is to allow the Holy Spirit to work in the way God desires, you will be changed from the inside out.

You are now allowing the Holy Spirit to change you instead of you trying to do it yourself.

This means God will do some deep cleaning with the sole purpose of making your life one that reflects His. I have found that the Holy Spirit does an excellent job of showing me things that need to change.

Even though it usually feels terrible at the time, God is simply transforming your life into one that perfectly reflects His. When you can look at things in this way, you can also look at trials in a completely different way.

Being “dead to self” is a life that reflects God, but it starts with learning to hear the Holy Spirit and choosing to walk in obedience to what He says.

It’s really that simple. You don’t have to do it. You just allow the Holy Spirit to work through you to accomplish what God desires.

I think George Muller had come to the point that being in the Will of God was the only thing that mattered. When he could do that day after day, he realized that he had become “dead to self.” It was just the natural outcome of a life that walked in sync with God.

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Fear of man must die in our life. For if the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, the fear of man is the beginning of misery, compromise, and disappointment.

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This post written by Cathy Deaton.

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My name is Cathy Deaton, Owner of Fan the Flame Ministries. God has radically changed my life, and He has shown me that I am to share the awesome things I am learning with the Millennial Generation (1981 – 1996), but I love connecting with Christians of all ages.  I have found that the Holy Spirit is an awesome teacher when I listen to, obey, and apply what He teaches to my life. You truly can make a difference for God in an uncertain world.

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