I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. - Romans 7:15, 18-19
The False Self - a defensive facade lacking spontaneity and leaving one feeling dead and empty – only having the mere appearance of being real. Also known as the Flesh.
The False Self is often aligned with the kingdom of darkness and can often make casualties or victims out of others and absolutely will make a casualty or victim out of its host, causing the true woman to live small or lost.
This False Self is a strategy or “way” that each of us developed to move through life to arrange for love and it can get in the way of us fully experiencing God’s love. It’s familiar, it is not us, and yet it is in us. It
is an operating system of hiding, proving, and fearing supported and advanced by our thoughts, habits, and routines. The false self uses strategies that seemingly protect, provide, and arrange for life, love, freedom, and belovedness.
In order to discover who we are, we need to discover who we aren’t. - Michael Thompson, The Heart of a Warrior
If you don’t recognize the False Self operating in you, it’s probably running the show. - Michael Thompson, The Heart of a Warrior
A man can be so fooled, so tricked into believing his false self is his real self, that he isn’t ever ready to fight against [contend with] it. Like an old shirt, it becomes comfortable and even indispensable. - Michael Thompson, The Heart of a Warrior
Do you know what the only good news about the False Self is? The False Self is FALSE ... it isn’t the true you, but it will lead you, drive you, or hide you ... if you let it.
The temptation when we find ourselves face-to- face with something unfamiliar or disconcerting or downright uncomfortable about ourselves or our circumstances is to move on as quickly as possible. What do you do with your shame, fear, anxiety, or the presence of grief or regret, disappointment or anger?