Many Christians today take it for granted that it is possible to live for Christ without ever having died to self; this contradicts the holy scriptures which teach that the true believer knows two lives; the first is the Adamic life of the natural man, which is motivated by the carnal mind and which can not only never please God, but must die (Romans 8:6-8). The second life of the true believer is the new life in Christ, the one that follows repentance, faith in God, trust in Jesus Christ and receiving the Holy Spirit.
These two lives are incompatible with each other; that is why one will die; to live the life of Christ requires the death of Adam. Yet multitudes of Christians don’t know this and go on year after year in defeat and worse, they accept this condition as normal.
This leads to what we see about us in modern Christianity; the attempt to do spiritual work without spiritual power.
Christians focus on prayer as the answer to all their problems, but prayer , of itself, does not avail; prayer is a sacrifice and the Word tells us that to obey is better than sacrifice. The sacrifice of prayer is often made in lieu of obedience, but there is no point in praying for revival, for instance, unless there is obedience amongst the people. God hasn’t changed and He prefers obedience to any other sacrifice; obedience is the true sacrifice; the sacrifice of self.
It is a terrible mistake to ignore the one speaking to us from heaven; and what is He speaking; He is speaking the rhema, the proceeding word by which we are meant to live. There is no point in searching the logos for ourselves to find something that we can respond to emotionally. He is speaking the rhema and it is a warning.
The truth sets us free, Jesus said, and what truth sets us free from is error; and in particular from the error of the religious doctrines of men and the false teachings of religion. We are meant to get the truth from Him by means of the Holy Spirit, who is the one authorised to teach us.