dying to self this easter


“He must increase, but I must decrease.

“I’d like to talk about the victory [of dying to self] that comes, too. But, remember, there can’t be an Easter until there’s been a Good Friday. Nobody rises until he dies, but we want to jump the gun and rise right now. But, we won’t go down the way Eckhart and the rest of the saints went. We want the victory, but we won’t take the dying with it.

“If I were to ask tonight, “How many of you want to come down here and receive something.” I’m sure there would be a great number who would come, because God’s children are always picking up whatever they can. They go to one camp meeting and another, being blessed here and being blessed there, and picking up something here. Always getting something, but never getting rid of anything. Our difficulty is right there. We want to receive before we have emptied ourselves. You can’t fill a full vessel. You have to empty it first.

“If I were to say “How many want to come and get?” you’d come and get. But tonight, I want to ask, “How many want to come and empty yourself?”

“Friends, you’ll never know the Lord really well until you have died to you property and yourself and your future, and all the little things you hold dear.

“Brethren, I’ve said it tonight. You’ve got to decrease and decrease and decrease. And He increases and increases and increases. He is like the sun rising, and the path of the just that follows Him gets brighter and brighter unto the perfect day.”

A.W. Tozer


  1. #1 by Katie on April 12, 2009 - 5:04 pm

    Thanks, Jacob. This is really good.

  2. #2 by Katie on April 23, 2009 - 7:15 pm

    bein’ brave, Jacob?

  3. #3 by Emily on April 24, 2009 - 9:25 am

    No, he has merely decided that blogging is prideful and egotistical. In fact, he has carried this out to its logical conclusion and has ceased all writing activity whatsoever. And reading, since authors are such egocentric folks, assuming that people care to hear what they have to say.
    Okay, I made up those last two sentences. But I did use them to point out to him the illogic of his position.

  4. #4 by Katie on April 25, 2009 - 1:56 pm

    Oh, well, thanks for clarifying for me, Emily. Now I know.

  5. #5 by Jake on April 25, 2009 - 3:13 pm

    If you should desire further clarification, Katie, WordPress/my computer/internet are not working together to allow me to post. If you want to know why, just ask Emily. Surely she knows.

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