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About our guest this week:
Lydia Brownback is author of several books and an international speaker at women’s events. She is passionate about promoting biblical doctrine with a high view of God. Lydia currently works as an editor for Crossway Books, and previously served as writer-in-residence for Alistair Begg and producer of The Bible Study Hour radio program with James Montgomery Boice.
Today, I’m speaking with Lydia about the topic of her latest book, Flourish: How the Love of Christ Frees Us from Self-Focus.
Encouragement from this episode:
Lydia shared about –
- indicators that we’re living self-focused lives
- the difference between discernment and self-focus
- the importance of investing ourselves in God’s word in order to be able to discern
- what it is to be freed from self-improvement, self-analysis
- issues with self-indulgence and self-condemnation
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Lord, we are yours. We want to grow deep roots and bear the fruit that demonstrates our dependence on you. We want eyes fixed on your goodness and righteousness, not our own virtue or our lack or our failures.
Jesus, only you can free us from self-focus and grant us repentance and strength to turn our attention away from ourselves. Reassure us of your love and faithfulness and of our security in you Lord increase our love for you and keep us growing in your grace.
God of peace, sanctify us through and through and keep our whole spirit and soul and body blameless at the coming of our lord Jesus Christ. You are faithful, God, and we believe you will surely do it. (From 1 Thess. 5:23-24 ESV)