Traits of the Self-life

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The Following are some of the features and manifestations of the self-life The
Holy Spirit alone can interpret and apply this to your individual case. As you read,
examine yourself in the very presence of God Are you ever conscious of:
SECRET SPIRIT OF PRIDE – an exalted feeling, in view of your success or position;
because of your good training or appearance; because of your natural gifts and
abilities. An important, independent spirit?
LOVE OF HUMAN PRAISE – a secret fondness to be noticed; love of supremacy,
drawing attention to self in conversation; a swelling out of self when you have
had a free time in speaking or praying?
The stirrings of anger or impatience, which, worst of all, you call nervousness or
holy indignation; a touch, sensitive spirit, a disposition to resent and retaliate
when disapproved of or contradicted; a desire to throw sharp, heated flings at
SELF-WILL – a stubborn, unteachable spirit, an arguing, talkative spirit, harsh,
sarcastic expressions, an unyielding, headstrong dispositions, a driving
commanding spirit, a disposition to criticize and pick flaws when set aside and
unnoticed, a peevish, fretful spirit, a disposition that loves to be coaxed and
CARNAL FEAR- a person-fearing spirit, a shrinking from reproach and duty,
reasoning around YOUR cross, a shrinking from doing your whole duty by those of
wealth or position, a fearfulness that some will offend and drive some prominent
person away, a compromising spirit?
JEALOUS DISPOSITION – a secret spirit of envy shut up in your hear, an unpleasant
sensation in view of the great prosperity and success of another, an attitude to
speak of the faults and failings, rather than the gifts and virtues of those more
talented and appreciated than yourself?
DISHONEST – deceitful disposition, the evading and covering of the truth, the
covering up of your real faults, leaving a better impression of yourself than is
strictly true, false humility, exaggeration, straining the truth?
UNBELIEF – a spirit of discouragement in times of pressure and opposition, lack of
quietness and confidence in God, lack of faith and trust in God, an attitude to
worry and complain in the middle of pain, poverty or at the dispensations of
Divine Providence, an overanxious feeling whether everything will come out all
FORMALITY AND DEADNESS – lack of concern for lost souls, dryness and
indifference, lack of power with God?
SELFISHNESS – love of ease, love of money?
These are some of the traits which generally indicate a carnal heart. By prayer,
hold your heart open to the searchlight of God, until you see the groundwork in
your life. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts,
and see if there be any wicked way in me (Psalm 139: 23,24)
If truly wanting to be controlled by the Spirit He will enable you by confession and
faith to bring your “self-life” to death. Do not patch over, but go to the bottom. It
alone will pay.
Psalm 51:10

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