“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If you truly want to follow me, you should at once completely reject and disown your own life. And you must be willing to share my cross and experience it as your own, as you continually surrender to my ways. For if you choose self-sacrifice and lose your lives for my glory, you will continually discover true life. But if you choose to keep your lives for yourselves, you will forfeit what you try to keep. For even if you were to gain all the wealth and power of this world with everything it could offer you—at the cost of your own life—what good would that be? And what could be more valuable to you than your own soul?“ —Matthew 16:24-26 TPT
The concept of “dying to self” is found throughout the New Testament. It expresses the true essence of the Christian life, in which we take up our cross and follow Christ. When we discover that God’s best and deepest treasures require death to self, we often don’t pursue Him any further. We quickly return to life as usual.
David passionately writes: As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? —Psalm 42:1–2 KJV
It is God’s greatest desire and delight for us to pursue Him. David desired God at any cost, and reading his story, we discover what that cost was. David was not a perfect man by any stretch of the imagination, yet I can safely say that his hunger for God was the thing that lifted him above everyone else and made him a man after God’s own heart. God said of David he was God a “man after His own heart.” —1 Samuel 13:14
In the New Testament Paul wrote, “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.” —Philippians 3:10–11 NIV
To know Christ has become my overwhelming passion. If we can understand a man or woman’s passion, we can begin to understand why he or she does or does not do certain things. This passion for God is not a casual thing. To truly know God as He desires and deserves to be known is not a casual thing, but a lifelong pursuit that ends only when we see Him face-to-face. Our passion for God should lift us above the elements, rudiments of the world into the heavenly spheres, where God’s praise is supreme. —Colossians 2:8, 20 NIV
I believe this generation is very close to revival. If we all have faith to wait upon God in intense believing prayer there would be genuine Holy Ghost revival, and God would get all the glory.