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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pride or Humility

Even if all are made to stumble because of You,
I will never be made to stumble.
Matt. 26:33

Pretty arrogant statement on Peter's part and if we think about it we are really no different than Peter at times in our life.  It seems Peter was overzealous and always putting his foot in his mouth.   Overconfidence in our self always leads to pride.  Luke 22:33-34 Peter states, "Lord I am ready to go with you, both to prison and death.."  And as we know in Scripture, when the heat was put upon Peter he ran and denied Christ. 

Scripture tells us in many places that "pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall."
Prov. 16:18-19 

Our pride will bring us embarrassment , because it will take us places we never intended to go.  Pride will keep you from God.  No mortal man can stand before His throne. Pride will keep you from bowing your knee. Pride will keep you from praying.  Pride will destroy families and friends.  And if you are a child of God, pride will find you out.  You will not be able to hide for empty boats floats high but heavily laden vessels are low in the water. (Charles Spurgeon)

It takes humility to bow before the throne of God.  It takes humility to be vulnerable before others. If I am honest before God, He extends His hand of mercy and forgiveness.  When my heart is forgiven and clean before my Creator the opinions of man are of no longer importance. 

The humble in spirit will retain honor. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way...

Child of God, will you bow your knee to fall before the Prince of Peace?  Will you cry out for God to show and take from your heart every form of pride?  Now it is going to hurt.  Somethings will be brought to your mind and you will have a choice to surrender.  Other times you will walk, trip, and fall but God's grace is available for both.  We must be humble, confess our sin, and look to the cross.  Ask God to awaken the depths of humility in your heart so you will be open to His light and Holy Spirit. 

Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my mind and my heart.  For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes.  And I have walked in Your truth. Psalm 26:2-3

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