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Self-absorbed

Self-acting

Self-adjusting

Self-appointed

Self-asserting

Self-assured

Self-aware

Self-centered

Self-confident

Self-conscious

Self-contained

Self-deceived

Self-defense

Self-destructive

Self-determined

Self-directed

Self-educated

Self-fulfilled

Self-governed

Self-gratified

Self-important

Self-indulged

Self-involved

Selfish

Selfish Ambition

Selfish Pride

Self-made

Self-pity

Self-possessed

Self-proclaimed

Self-propelled

Self-regulated

Self-reliant

Self-righteous

Self-ruled

Self-satisfied

Self-seeking

Self-serving

Self-starter

Self-sufficient

Self-sustaining

Self-taught

The Question:

What are some things that stand in the way of becoming a partaker of the divine nature (2Pet 1:4)

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When we speak of freedom we are most often referring to the exercise of our free will.  Essentially, it is the ability to make our own choices, to speak our mind, and to act in whatever way seems right to us.  In American culture it is a term synonymous with independence, self-sufficiency and self-rule.  But these attributes do not describe the freedom that Christ died to give us (Gal. 5:1).  Instead, He offers a love that never fails, a joy that can be our strength, a peace that surpasses understanding, and a hope that cannot be shaken.  One is largely rooted in our external condition, while the other is established in our internal state of being.  And while we can rightfully boast of living in a nation that affords us a high level of personal autonomy, we are a people plagued by hurt, fear, offense, anxiety, and addiction.  Indeed, “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them” (2Pet. 2:19) and in this regard, we have largely been taken captive through hollow and deceptive philosophies, which depend on human tradition, and the elemental spiritual forces of this world, rather than on Christ (Col. 2:8)..  Sadly, it is our passion for the former that often keeps us from partaking of the latter.

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