Pride goes before Destruction…
When is the last time you said to yourself, “Wow, look what I’ve done”?
Pride is something our world says is very good for us. Listen to how God would have us to view pride.
Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
Proverbs 25:6,7 “Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, and do not stand in the place of great men; For it is better that he say to you, ‘Come up here’, than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince, whom your eyes have seen.”
Fill in the blank. I can do all things through _________ who strengthens me.
The answer from scripture is, Christ. The answer from our flesh within and our world is my inner strength.
It’s a very tough thing to recognize your unworthiness while a very easy thing to see yourself as worthy of all things. It requires we be honest with the evaluation of ourselves. And most important it requires us to view ourselves as God views us. So that must be based on God’s standards and not our own or we will feel ok about self and world strengths and motives. Humility is not natural to us. Unfortunately neither is honesty.
So, be very honest with yourself. The first step in change is recognition. Recognize you are a sinner and that to have ‘eternal’ worth you must place yourself unto another person’s control. That person is Jesus. To be lifted up by our Lord and Savior is the ultimate compliment and encouragement. Our God is the only source of strength we need. God never forces us to accept His empowerment. The choice is mine.
I Pet5:6, 7 “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your cares upon Him for He cares for you.”
By now many are saying you have got to be kidding me. How am I to have confidence in myself and live accordingly? According to our God who can never lie nor be wrong in and of ourselves we are wicked and will make wrong choices. So we must bit our tongues so to speak and choose the only way that can be absolutely correct. Remember you are special because of Jesus and not because of you! That attitude changes all of our priorities. It’s ok to feel special when Jesus is the reason you are! The evidence of Jesus love for us is Calvary! Here are just of few of God’s truths
on this topic to meditate on.
Prov 14:12 “There is a way which seems right unto a man; But the end thereof are the ways of death.”
Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith Jehovah.”
John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me.”