You may not have such strong, clear feelings of surrender as you would like to have, but humble yourselves in His sight, and acknowledge that you have grieved the Holy Spirit by your self-will, self-confidence, and self-effort. Bow humbly before Him in the confession of that, and ask Him to break the heart and to bring you into the dust before Him. Then, as you bow before Him, just accept God’s teaching that in your flesh “there dwelleth no good thing” (Romans 7:18), and that nothing will help you except another life which must come in. You must deny self once and for all. Denying self must every moment be the power of your life, and then Christ will come in and take possession of you. (Andrew Murray)
There tends to be repetition of a common thing God is teaching me through my reading of the mystics and my Bible studies that birth these blog posts. Self as the enemy is a constant discussion point. Nowhere in the Bible are we told to feed the flesh (the Biblical equivalent of the self), but rather the opposite is true. Take your concordance and look at the passage that deal with the flesh in the New Testament and you find that the flesh is the enemy, something to be killed, crucified, and rendered powerless.
How does Murray help us in dealing with the flesh? The first point is surrender through being humbling yourself. This is the process which we are blogging in The Poor in Spirit series. In confession we recognize that we are broken and take our rightful position “into the dust” as Murray says so descriptively. We have nothing to stand upon; nothing to prop ourselves up with. We are nothing outside of Christ. Recognize that; acknowledge that. We are nothing without Him.
Next we must except the self-life gives no advantage and a new life, the life of the Spirit, imparted to us, and must now become our life. It is this great exchange that allows us to live for the kingdom, to be truly His, to be who we were meant to be.
The end result according to Murray is that we live a self-denying life, the power by which Christ takes up His residence in you. Now with God on the rightful throne of your heart He can live the life He meant for us. Surrendered…freed…and alive.