Let’s go back to John 17:3. It says, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
Before we acknowledged the Lord as our personal Savior, we lived in our flesh 24/7. Roman 8:5 says, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”
Our mindset at salvation was not instantly converted. Ephesians 4:22-24 explains the process of sanctification. “That you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”
We dethrone ‘self’ by putting off the old, and putting on the new BY renewing our mind through the word of God. There is no other way. John 6:63 says that our flesh profits nothing.
Progressive sanctification is not a bandage-cover up, but a humble submission to the scalpel of His word. It splits and deftly penetrates to reveal the roots that hold us captive to our flesh.
Let’s take complaining as an example. Why do we complain? Our focus is on us. Now let’s take rejoicing. Who are we focusing on? Yes, the Lord. Nehemiah 8:10 says that the joy of the Lord is our strength.
Anything that we do in our own strength is the futile activity of our flesh. Therefore we dethrone ‘self’ through focusing our attention on the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”