Dying To Self, Living For God


I got the idea to write this message during this detox I decided to try. The reason I decided to do this particular detox is because I wanted to live a healthier holistic lifestyle. So I decided to start small by trying this technique called oil pulling. Now with this technique you chose natural organic oil like coconut, sesame or olive oil and swish it around in your mouth for fifteen to twenty minutes and spit it out. Doing this is supposed to rid your body of toxins helping your body function better. After my first day of oil pulling I experienced what is called the healing crisis and I had flu like symptoms, which disappeared after a day or two and it gave me the idea to write this.


See after I went through the healing crisis I began to feel better than I had felt in a long time. I was sleeping better and when I woke up I was energized. My teeth were whiter, my nails and hair had grown and I was not as depressed. This detoxing process made me think about life and how we have to rid our lives of certain things in order to be happy. It made me think about how things always get worse when you try to do right. It made me think of how when things get hard we tend to give up. With the detox I knew the benefits and the outcome because I did research but in life we aren’t that lucky. Sometimes you don’t know why you are going through so much pain. You can’t see what’s on the other side of your struggle so you can’t see the sun for the rain. It’s hard to hold on when you don’t know what’s going to happen but I’m hear to tell you that God didn’t bring you this far to leave you.


You have to think about life in terms of how a storm works, the beginning the middle and the end. The beginning is always rough because it’s new and everyone knows that change is difficult and unluckily for us storms build. First there are clouds, then rain, then thunder and lightning. In the beginning everything seems to be going bad all at once. Like they say when it rains its pours but if you make it through this stage there’s peace in the middle of the storm.


The middle of the storm often referred to as the eye of the storm, its always calm and often deceiving because we think the storm is over but nothing has changed. Then we have to wait. The eye of the storm can often be hardest place to be because nothing is happening good or bad and for those of us who are impatient this can be difficult. This is where most people give up but if you make it through this stage there is a bigger fight ahead at the end of storm.


The end of storm always happens when you are tired. After you have been fighting and waiting then here comes another long stretch of battle you must endure and this is where the people who didn’t give up in the eye of the storm often give up. This stage is the closest you will ever be to your goals and that’s why it is the hardest. You have detoxed your life and became a brand creature in God, you have found your purpose and walked in it and you have waited patiently on his word. But instead of God handing you your dreams he’s asking to battle the storm again. You may feel like you can fight anymore but trust me you can. There is a reason that God asks you to fight when you are running on fumes because the only way you can be filled is to first be empty.


You are never waiting on God he is waiting on you. God will not do for you what you can do for yourself. He is waiting on you to detox from all things that life and circumstances have dumped on you and in you. He is waiting from you to empty yourself of your human emotions and become more spiritual so you can hear his voice. If you want to be more like God you first have to be less like you and that starts with dying to self.


©2015 Aquila Taite

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.