This week we have a post that I read on Facebook this week, by Barry Bennett. It’s a powerful word on self-centeredness. It will change you if you let it! Grace and peace, Benjamin
What is self-centeredness? When we focus on our perceived needs and wants over all else, we are self-centered. Self-centeredness is the result of the perception of self being deprived of something it wants.
The self-centered person has established their emotions, feelings and desires above the needs around them. Everything revolves around their feelings about others or their circumstances. Rather than seeing themselves as a channel of God’s grace and blessing to others, they establish themselves as the center of life. Offenses come easily, as does strife and frustration.
It’s our self-centeredness that turns a want into a need and then that need into a personal crisis. Your life will follow your focus, and if you focus on yourself you will never be free to live out your purpose in Christ.
For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. (James 3:14-16)
Self-centeredness bears the fruit of confusion and evil. It is sowing to the flesh, and corruption is the result.
Meditate on this word from Isaiah and abundant life and joy will find you.
“Loose the bonds of wickedness, undo the heavy burdens, let the oppressed go free, And break every yoke. Share your bread with the hungry and bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, cover him.”
“Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ “If you take away the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul, Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
And your darkness shall be as the noonday. The LORD will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden.” (from Isaiah 58, personalized)