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Daily Devo- The Problem with Pride

There is a fine line between the balance of confidence and being prideful of oneself. Confidence is on the positive side- you need confidence to be successful. However, on the other hand, pride falls on the negative side- often leading to self-destruction.

We want to be confident in what God tells us to do and who He says we are- we should have a healthy and positive self-image. But we have to be careful not to get a ‘big head’ about it and become prideful.

Pride motivates people to do what is best for themselves- even at the expense of others. Pride tells people they deserve to be rewarded, promoted, or acknowledged in some way. Pride stops people from admitting their weakness and reaching out for help. Pride is the greatest factor that stops one from seeking counseling, because they do not think that they need anyone else’s help to fix their problem.

Some people are so prideful they refuse to consult God with anything in their lives- instead they prefer to trust their own abilities and instincts.

Some people will have a healthy balance of confidence that leads them to success and then become prideful. They begin behaving in a way as to say that no one else could ever do what they do- giving themselves an exaggerated sense of importance and becoming prideful.

Pride is the root expression of our sinful nature. Pride is so full of itself that it can not listen to any other voice that is contrary to its’ opinion.

Pride is used in a negative sense in both the Old Testament and New Testament. Pride was the reason Adam and Eve violated God’s command- and choose to eat from the tree of knowledge. (Genesis 3:4-6) It was also the cause that motivated Lucifer to rebel against God- known as the fall of Satan. (Isaiah 14:12-15) Pride is what motivated Lucifer- a powerful angel of God- to set his will against God’s- he is said to be the culprit of sin. (Ezekiel 28:11-19)

In the New Testament Paul warns against several different expressions of pride. Pride can be dangerous to non-Christians and new Christians alike- when seeking salvation. Salvation must be a work of God and can not be earned through our own works. Reliance on our self to accomplish salvation distorts the message all together.

Salvation is a gift from God. It is because of His works alone- through faith in Jesus Christ- that we can be saved. There is no room for self-achievement within it- so that no one can take pride or boast.

Paul said it like this in Ephesians 2:8-9
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Humility overcomes Pride

Pride tells people that you do not need anyone’s help. Humility tells people that they can not do anything without God. Humility is always looking for someone to help and listen to, not for someone to talk to. Humility is near to those who are hurting, focusing on the need.

Humility reminds people that God is the source of all gifts and abilities- that God can equip those that He calls. Pride is the arrogant refusal to allow God to be God. Pride tells people I am something without God- Humility says I am something because of God and nothing without Him.

How do you trade your pride in for humility?

Most importantly you will need a healthy view of God. Understanding who He is and who we are with and without Him. Spending time in His word- praying- and worshipping Him through all seasons of life.

Stop focusing so much on your own needs and wants and start praying and asking God how you can serve someone else’s needs. Be on guard- keep your eyes and ears open to situations around you through-out the day- purposely SEEK to bless and lift up others.

Give God thanks in ALL things- big or small- He has blessed you with them all!


Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for your many gifts and blessings. Thank you for being a patient Father who is quick to forgive. Forgive us for having prideful attitudes and for relying on our own ways and our own abilities. God I pray You fill us up with Your Holy Spirit- we want to be confident in You and not prideful in our own ways. I pray that You would help each of us to be humble and look to help others. I pray You use us to lead others to Your love. God I pray for each person that does not know you personally- that they would seek You and find You. I pray for our nation as a whole remove the pride in us all and replace it with humility and confidence in You. It is in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Daily Bible Verse- January 21, 2020

Psalm 13:6

I will sing to the Lord,
Because He has dealt bountifully with me.

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New Year–New Decade–SAME Great Savior

As we celebrate the new year and enter a new decade– take the time to reflect back on all the amazing blessings God has showered you with. It’s easy to get lost and wrapped up in the world and all it’s materialistic things and skewed views on God and our purpose for being here–however one thing will ALWAYS ALWAYS remain the same and that is our Lord and Savior–Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that God is the same today, yesterday, and always.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

When times get tough– remember that it’s the world and your circumstances changing, not God, His plans, or His greatness. Seek His peace, understanding, and purpose at all times– knowing He will never fail you.

Plant your feet upon the rock, which is God’s word– the Bible– and you will not be shaken. The stronger your roots are in His word, the less your circumstances will determine your joy. Do not let the circumstances around you steal your joy of celebrating the day that God has given you.

I challenge you to make this a year of conscience choice– Choose peace over worry, choose love over hate, choose joy over anger, choose faith over fear, choose life over death!

Have a blessed and happy new year!

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D.B.V.- July 19 2019

Matthew 21:22 (NKJV)

And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.

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D.B.V.- December 30, 2017

James 5:11- Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by  the Lord–that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.

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D.B.V.- March 17, 2017

Psalm 40:4-Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust, And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

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D.B.V.- September 30, 2016

Psalm 41:1- Blessed is he who considers the poor;  The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. 

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D.B.V.- September 21, 2016

Nehemiah 2:20- “The God of heaven Himself will prosper us;  therefore we His servants will arise and build”

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D.B.V.- September 20, 2016

Job 34:11- “For He repays man according to his work,  and makes man to find a reward according to his way.”

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D.B.V.- September 13, 2016

Romans 4:7- “Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and their sins are covered.”