The following is something Fred Pruitt wrote me three years ago:
My only reaction to what you have shared about seeing your “self” more clearly, its corruptness, its need for attention, affirmation etc. … all that.
Well my friend, boom-shakalackala boom-shakalackala, you’re released! (I hope you get my humor — I’m trying to tell you that “poof” your captivity is over.)
Ole, that stuff is not real. That self is not real. That’s the whole deal with it. We think this caricature the devil has sold us as our own identity, which for short we call “independent self,” is us, what we’ve become, who we’ve been. But that’s really the lie of the whole thing. It is a false thing. It has no life. We are not that.
Listen, this Romans reality is really the truth. We have died with him in baptism, the old everything that we were, and we rose new beings in His resurrection, being raised by the same Spirit that raised Him from the dead. The instrument of my humanity, my whole being, is now an instrument of righteousness. When Christ died and he became sin for us, we became the righteousness of God in him. It only awaits you saying, “Oh my, Lord, look what you’ve already done and I’ve missed it!” You were made righteousness in Him when you came into His kingdom, and from the eternal side of things, you were in Him Who was slain before the foundations of the earth. Your life has always been hid in Christ in God. It has only awaited your arrival to claim it.
All those things you see about yourself — that’s not the new man. That’s a confession of an old man. You are not any of those things. It is a lie that you are any of that.
You are complete in Him. That means that spirit, soul and body have been made whole, by virtue of Him Who has come to claim you wholly as His dwelling place. What was wrong with you was your former master, whom you no longer serve.
The key to this whole life is faith. You mentioned waiting for Christ to complete His work. See it whole now! That is faith.
Your life is Christ. Your “self” is not about protecting itself. Your self is not corrupt. Your former self was corrupt, but that self no longer exists — it died in the death of Jesus. So who is telling you you are naked?
Your true self is united to Christ, and he is none of those things. Your true life is even now complete in grace and oneness.
So I encourage you to realize that old self died, and all its attributes to which you are still confessing are yours, died with it, and has been replaced by a new master, indweller, and nature. Before you and I were of the nature of wrath, but now we are partakers of the divine nature, and we have everything there is to have pertaining to it, as the apostle Peter affirmed.
So my friend. When an accusatory voice tells you are corrupt, or out for attention, you don’t have to listen to that. The source of Who you are, and your real identity, is in Christ, a new creation, all things new, and therefore you live in the motives of God, the love-for-others-drive of the Father. He is your source, not some non-existent former wisp of a ghost self! Live in the LIVING GOD, and not in the lower strata of separated self — the pity of which the self is not separated really, but only in its own mind and perception.
Begone with that false self. That isn’t you and doesn’t run you.
You are the light of the world, the salt of the earth! Believe it!