SELF DISINTEREST

by Tony Alamo

Moses was very much meek, disinterested in himself as the founder and representative of his people. The major identification of him with his nation is gathered from scripture, namely Numbers 12:3: “Now the man Moses was meek above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.” But the word meek is not nearly descriptive enough when reading the Hebrew word (ĀNĀW), which should be much more enduring. The word meek today should be disinterested. All that is told or written of him shows his denial of himself in favor of the cause of his nation, not his own interests. This makes him the best example of Jewish patriotism, and, more importantly, the best example of humility before God.

For one thing, he did more than merely join his countrymen in fighting their persecutor in their degrading servitude (Ex. 2:11, 5:4). He forgets himself to avenge the things done wrong to them (Ex. 2:14). His desire was that his brother Aaron should be the leader rather than himself (Ex. 4:10-14). And when God would destroy the people and make of him a great nation (Ex. 43:9-10), Moses prays for their forgiveness–he prayed “If not, [Please] blot me, I pray Thee, out of Thy book which Thou hast written” (Ex. 32:32). Selflessness before God means doing His will, that is, if you’re desirous of power (authority) in Him (God)! But it cannot be selflessness, which is the opposite of selfishness, if you receive something for yourself: that is not selflessness!

“If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies [the archaic meaning of “bowels” here is the seat of pity, tenderness, or courage], Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the Word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me” (Phlp. 2:1-18).

Philippians 3:1-12, “Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.” (Again, the archaic meaning of “bowels” of mercies here in scripture is “seat of pity, tenderness, and courage.”)

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be PERFECT, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample” (Phil. 3:13-17).

Luke 14:11, “For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself [like Moses] shall be exalted.” But if we humble ourselves for the purpose to be exalted we shall be abased because we’re self-seeking to be exalted.

Before honor is humility (Prov. 15:33). Job 22:29 states, “When men are cast down, then Thou shalt say, There is lifting up. And He shall save the humble person.”

We are to be meek before the Lord, meek to do His will.1 We’re in World War Three, the war of words, between God and the devil for the souls of men.2 It looks as though we are outnumbered, but with God, we are more than they.3 Join us, read the Bible, be as disinterested in yourself and the cares of this world as Moses was, and especially as Jesus was.4 We must appear before Him and be as Him. We can do all things in Christ Jesus.5 Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (the entire Word of God), and thou shalt be saved. Join us in Christ, say this prayer:

Prayer

My Lord and my God, have mercy upon my soul, a sinner. 1 I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. 2 I believe that He died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. 3 I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit 4 and that He sits on the right hand of God at this moment, hearing my confession of sin and this prayer. 5 I open up the door of my heart and I invite You into my heart, Lord Jesus. 6 Wash all of my filthy sins away in the precious blood that You shed in my place on the cross at Calvary. 7 You will not turn me away, Lord Jesus, You will forgive my sins and save my soul. I know because Your Word, the Bible says so. 8 Your Word says that You will turn no one away, and that includes me. 9 Therefore, I know that You have heard me, and I know that You have answered me, and I know that I am saved. 10 And I thank You, Lord Jesus, for saving my soul, and I will show my thankfulness by doing as You command and sin no more. 11


You’ve just completed the first step in a series of five steps which are necessary to receive salvation. Your second step is to deny yourself and take up the cross daily for the purpose of mortifying yourself, that is, for putting to death your own will, your soulful self, and the world with all of its lusts. All these must be baptized into the death of Christ.

Step three is your resurrection from the satanic life of Adam unto the sinless life of Christ. Step four is your ascension into a position of authority to reign for God on earth, and the fifth step is to reign for God on earth to the end for the purpose of bringing about the kingdom of Heaven on earth. You must learn the Word of God, then submit yourself and do what the Word says, so that the Church and the world may see evidence of your submission to God’s Word, His order, and His authority in and by you.

Praise the Lord. May God reward you abundantly.

Pastor Tony Alamo


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Self Disinterest footnotes:

1. Psa. 37:11, 76:8-9, Zeph. 2:3, Matt. 5:5, 11:29, Gal. 5:22-23, Eph. 4:1-3, Col. 3:12-13, I Tim. 6:10-12, Titus 3:2, Jas. 3:13, I Pet. 3:4 return

2. Dan. 12:1, Rev. 12:7-11 return

3. Ex. 23:27-28, Josh. 5:13-15, Judg. 7:7, 19-25, I Sam. 17:45-51, II Sam. 5:22-25, II Kings 6:15-17, 7:1-7, 19:35, I Chron. 14:13-17, II Chron. 14:10-15, 32:21, Psa. 34:7, 35:5-6, Isa. 37:36 return

4. Matt. 12:50, 16:21, 20:18-19, 26:38-44, Mark 8:31, 9:12, 10:32-34, 14:34-41, Luke 2:49, 9:22, 17:24-25, 18:31-33, 22:15-16, 41-46, 24:46, John 5:30, 12:25-33, 17:4-8, Gal. 1:3-4, Heb. 11:24-29 return

5. Matt. 10:1, 17:20, 19:26, Mark 6:7, 9:23, 10:27, 14:36, Luke 1:37, 9:1, 10:19, 18:27, John 1:12, Acts 3:12-16, 4:7-10, 6:8, Phlp. 4:13 return


Prayer footnotes:

1. Psa. 51:5, Rom. 3:10-12, 23 return

2. Matt. 26:63-64, 27:54, Luke 1:30-33, John 9:35-37, Rom. 1:3-4 return

3. Acts 4:12, 20:28, Rom. 3:25, I John 1:7, Rev. 5:9 return

4. Psa. 16:9-10, Matt. 28:5-7, Mark 16:9, 12, 14, John 2:19, 21, 10:17-18, 11:25, Acts 2:24, 3:15, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 15:3-7 return

5. Luke 22:69, Acts 2:25-36, Heb. 10:12-13 return

6. I Cor. 3:16, Rev. 3:20 return

7. Eph. 2:13-22, Heb. 9:22, 13:12, 20-21, I John 1:7, Rev. 1:5, 7:14 return

8. Matt. 26:28, Acts 2:21, 4:12, Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14 return

9. Matt. 21:22, John 6:35, 37-40, Rom. 10:13 return

10. Heb. 11:6 return

11. John 5:14, 8:11, Rom. 6:4, I Cor. 15:10, Rev. 7:14, 22:14 return