The definition of Spirit: the nonphysical part of a person that is the seat of emotions and character; the soul.
The definition of Ego: the part of the mind that mediates between the conscious and the unconscious and is responsible for reality testing and a sense of personal identity.
While passion fueled by Spirit can save our life, passion directed by ego can ruin it. I have heard it said that the acronym, EGO is “Edging God Out”
God and I cannot both be in control, or there wouldn’t be a relationship. My ego must be deflated and pushed aside to commune with my God. He is in control.
Have you ever clung to something so passionately and simply could not let go? Like you were letting go of something that was part of you. Perhaps the struggle felt like life and death.
That is how the grip of alcohol felt on me.
I was strong-arming God to say, “I can beat this” (EGO)—when in fact, at the end of my drinking, I could not stop without God's help.
All quality things come to me at the right time by the hand of a gracious God.
Reversing this process and edging ever-so-much-closer to God each day, keeps me right-sized and humble—
“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
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