Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Better to live humbly with the poor than to share plunder with the proud. Proverbs 16:19 (NLT)

Pride (living for "me") is a life destroying attitude. Pride destroys the individual, the witness of God in their lives, and the people who happen to be in their blast radius. Pride puts us at odds with ourselves, God and others and robs us of the gift of giving because pride is all about taking.  Taking credit, taking attention, taking affection, taking compassion, taking kindness, and taking generosity. You get the point, and humility (living for "others") is all about giving. People who are humble give life to others. They are refreshing to be around, and they are the ones you want to talk to when things are tough. Living Humbly is just better! 

Jesus said about Himself, "Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart (humble), an...

Monday, January 30, 2017

Proverbs16:18- Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

Proud people will never take the time to recognize their weaknesses or even anticipate that they may stumble. They think that they are above the problems of ordinary citizens. Most of the time people with pride issues never see that their pride is an issue. To me, pride breeds unhealthy competition between friends, co-workers, and teammates. People are always trying to one-up each other. It gives the impression that I’m better than you are. That doesn’t build unity or make you want to work with people or be friends with them. Don’t tell me what you did, tell me what we can do together. People will notice your success you don’t have to talk about it. Making yourself sound better than you are leads to a hard fall when we do stumble and land on our face. Don’t be prideful about yourself...

Friday, January 27, 2017

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”

Proverbs 11:2 (NIV)

C.S. Lewis called pride “the great sin” and stated that it led to every other type of sin. Pride isn’t something written on our foreheads if we are acting out of pride, but it manifests in our actions and leads to “disgrace,” as talked about all through Proverbs. There are so many stories about pride leading to destruction throughout the Bible, but one story I want to point out is about this guy named Uzziah who became king of Judah when he was your all’s age. You can find his whole story in 2 Chronicles 26, but I will summarize. He started off under the mentorship of Zechariah, and he set his heart to seek God. The book states that as long as he sought the Lord, he prospered. As a result, he acquired wealth and fame and became pretty powerful. He, therefore, stopped se...

Thursday, January 26, 2017

"To fear the Lord is to hate all evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech." Proverbs 8:13 (NIV)

Proverbs was written "for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge to those who are young-" (Proverbs 1:2-4); we are all young and could all use instruction so let's break this verse down. 

"To fear the Lord is to hate all evil..."- Fearing God is following God with your heart, soul, mind, and strength. It's a love for God so strong you don't want to do anything that He wouldn't do so you mirror Him. It says in John 5:19, "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he see his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does",...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

"This is what the Lord says: 'Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing love...'" Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NLT)

How do I say this without boasting? (Lol). When I was a freshman in high school, I was considered an excellent soccer player and many people were talking about my soccer future. The problem is, they didn't have to talk much on my behalf because I sadly took care of that all by myself. My arrogance and bragging became so bad, that one day my friends decided to teach me a lesson, and put sports cream in my underwear. They laughed, and I cried since the burning did not go away for some time. When I asked them why they did it, my good friend told...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Isaiah 2:12-The LORD Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty, for all that is exalted (and they will be humbled).

We all have put ourselves first at some point in our lives. Wanted to achieve something and receive praise for it or noticed for something we overcame and accomplished. Sometimes we just need a moment to ourselves, and there is nothing wrong with that. I believe it's admirable to be ambitious, but when that ambition for self-glorification becomes your primary focus, or you treat it as your purpose, it becomes a problem. When we desire to see ourselves high and lifted up, we are failing to serve the Lord. We are putting our image above His. We have a habit of wanting to make ourselves happy versus pleasing God. Feeding our pride creates a high horse that we will soon fall off of. Those that exalt themselves will be humbled. We build...

Monday, January 23, 2017

"Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life."  Galatians 6:4-5 (MSG)

The Bible is very clear that we are created for a very distinct purpose and only we can accomplish it. Since we are all shaped by God and did not choose our own attributes and talents, we shouldn't be impressed with ourselves when we do good or even great things. Nor should we mourn the realities of what we don't have that we wish we did. 

Our response should be thankfulness to God for what we have and who we are. There is no place for comparing ourselves to others for their lack or their abundance. Since they too were created uniquely by God for His intended purpose, i...

Friday, January 20, 2017

“The wicked are too proud to seek God. They seem to think that God is dead." Psalm 10:4 (NLT) 

Is there a difference between being proud and having pride? Pride is simply the feeling that comes from being proud. This scripture shows us two different ways of experiencing pride, which are internal and external. Pride is both a disposition and a behavior. Being proud outwardly is rooted by selfishness, which leads to internal pride. I personally think that internal pride is most damaging to our private relationship with the Lord. Thoughts can freely form in our minds without us thinking twice about them. Before we know it, a thought can take root and feed other thoughts. In a pack of lions, also known as a pride of lions, they feed off the energy of other lions in the pride. As a group, they hunt together to prey on the weak. Satan works in a similar way.  He att...

Thursday, January 19, 2017

"Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” Proverbs 26:12 (ESV)

I always thought it was funny when reading through Numbers, which if I am being honest has been twice. In Numbers you come across a statement in verse 3 of chapter 12 which reads, “Moses was very humble-more humble than any other person on earth.” Now as far as I am concerned there are two reasons why those of you reading this might not see why this is a little funny: 1) You don’t know that Moses wrote Numbers or 2) you have a much better sense of humor than I do. I’d say it’s safe to say that it is the latter. The reason why I bring up that verse from Numbers is to say that we as humans have a tendency to think a lot more of ourselves than what is really accurate. However, in the case of Moses, he really was extremely humble, but when the light get...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

"My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back."  James 5:19 (NIV)

If someone has given their life to the Lord and wonders away from God, some one that remains firmly rooted in the faith should go out and bring that person back to the truth. Get them back into the body of Christ. If they lose their way because someone or something has changed their principles and their practices, we must make every effort to bring them back into the light again. By showing them the truth, they will regain sight and be assembled back in the body of Christ. We have people make up the body of Christ, and sometimes one of our limbs or systems become weak or lose control. So as the remaining part of the body, we must send another member to strengthen and bring the lost member back into the reality of Christ. If you los...

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