What is death to self?
If our aim is to walk in the Spirit of the day, we need to go through the processes of purging ourselves of pride (selfishness) and self-will, including many other things that cause us to think only about ourselves; survival mode of the fleshly mind. This processes will lead us on a journey one step at a time, that will involve humility and the strengthening of our faith. And each step is a new journey. Ultimately, resulting in holiness. Although we have never been truly separated.
Footprints in the Sand
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only. This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord, "You promised me Lord, that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?"
The Lord replied, "The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you."
Mary Stevenson, 1936.
"...for when I am weak, then am I strong." (2 Corinthians 12:10)