My parents are bugging me. They just don't seem to understand me or how I feel."
"I hate my parents. I know I shouldn't, but I do."
"I am a very hot tempered person, and I have some family problems. I get mad at the least little thing, and that bothers me. I yell like it's going out of style."
The three young people who wrote those statements are really having a rough time. Is it like this with you, too? If so, I can tell you some other problems you are probably having.
You are not only having trouble at home, but you are also having trouble with some of your teachers. You can't stand some of your friends and when you pray it seems that God doesn't hear.
Maybe you go to church but you don't get anything out of it. It seems that you have one problem after another.
Why? Why do you have these problems? It's easy to blame other people, but the real trouble is deep down inside. The real problem is Self. Self is on the throne of your heart. To be honest about it, we all have the problem of Self.
What is Self like? Self is a born rebel. It hates to take orders! It wants no one, not even God Himself, to rule over it. Where does that kind of spirit come from? It comes straight from Satan!
Self is full of pride. Self always wants to be Number 1, to be looked up to, and to be praised.
Self is always selfish. It doesn't care what happens to others, as long as it has its own way.
Self is easily offended and "hurt." Self always feels like it is the one who is getting the "raw deal." Whenever it is criticized, Self rushes to its own defense. Self will never admit that it is wrong—it always blames somebody else.
Self is the spirit of Satan. When Self is on the throne of your heart, you are controlled by Satan.
Jesus gave us the solution. He said, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." (Luke 9:23) What did the Lord say? He said that we must deny Self. To deny Self means to say "No" to it, to refuse to give in to it.
If Christ is ruling in your life, you will respect authority. You will have a spirit of obedience. Let Christ rule in you!!