Posts Tagged ‘Pride

12
Sep
17

Confidence Versus Arrogance

Faithfulness is one of the keys that unlocks confidence in Christ. Check out what the Apostle John wrote. He said:

And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming. – 1 John 2:28 (NIV)

There is a difference between confidence and arrogance. When we live our lives in faithful service to Jesus, we can have confidence in our status before Him when He returns. It’s not arrogance. Arrogance says, “Don’t you know who I am?” Arrogance believes that one deserves Heaven. Confidence says, “I know who He is.” Confidence believes that the grace of God is sufficient to bring us to our heavenly home. Arrogance pridefully thinks that it is all about us. Confidence humbly knows that it is all about Him. This confidence we have comes from walking faithfully with Jesus in love for and service to Him. Be faithful today and confidently trust in His grace to lead you home.
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24
Jul
17

I’m Glad I’m Not Like…

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Luke 18:9-14.

25
May
17

God Longs For You

Our Heavenly Father is a jealous God. He’s not envious, mind you. Rather, He is jealous the way someone is jealous for their spouse. God wants all of our love and affection because He loves us so deeply. After saying that friendship with the world means hatred toward God, James wrote:

Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.” – James 4:5-6 (NIV)

God gave you your life. He gave you your spirit and soul. He knows your deepest longing and your deepest need and that is Him. When we run after the things of this world and choose them over God, it breaks His heart. Yet, He shows us great grace when we return back to Him. The Bible says that we are all like sheep who have gone astray. God lovingly searches for us and brings us back to His arms of safety and love. If you’re wandering away from God, you have to know that it is safe to return home. He’ll welcome you back with grace and love.
06
Jan
17

It’s Hard To Be Humble

There are sins that we all struggle with of which we are completely aware.  We know what they are.   The things that we know we shouldn’t do, but we do them anyway.  Greed.  Lust.  Swearing.  Lying.  Gossip.  Drunkenness.  These are behavioral sins.  We deal with these on a regular enough basis that trying to repent of them consumes us.

Then there are sins that we have heard about but don’t even realize we are committing.  We are so focused on trying to change our behavior that we have no time for these sins.  Sins like pride, materialism, selfishness, not loving our wives or husbands or children like we should, not loving our neighbor like we should and not loving God with all of our hearts, souls, minds and strength.  These are attitudinal sins.

I was smacked right in the forehead with an attitudinal sin today while reading from Matthew’s Gospel.

God blesses those who are humble,
for they will inherit the whole earth. – Matthew 5:5 (NLT)

When pride fills us, it makes us think that we are better than we really are.  Paul wrote in Philippians 2:3b (NLT)

Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.

He then wrote in Ephesians 4:2 (NLT) “Always be humble…”

Pride is what makes me believe that my way is best.  Pride is what makes me think that I know it all.  Pride gets in the way of being like Jesus who gave up the glories of Heaven for the humiliation of Earth.  He was completely humble in His approach to others.  If we want to be more like Jesus, we need to be more humble.

My mom taught us from a very young age the priorities of life.

  • God
  • Others
  • Self

I think that this is a recipe for humility.  Put God first.  Put others before yourself.  Take care of yourself, but not at the expense of serving others.  Philippians 2:4 (NLT) says,

Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

My prayer today is that we will not get so focused on the external issues and sins that we forget about the heart issues.  Pride is a heart issue and God cares about the condition of our hearts because it is from our hearts that everything about us flows.

Luke 6:45 (NLT) says, “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.  What you say flows from what is in your heart.”

PRAYER: Help us to do away with pride today, O Lord. I want to look more like Jesus on the inside as well as on the outside. Cleanse my heart and help me to love like Jesus loves. In His name, amen.

22
Feb
16

Are You In Love With The World?

1 John 2:15-17 (NIV)
 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

The world has 3 components that vie for our affections:
  1. The lust of the flesh –  this is a sexual desire or craving that overtakes a person.
  2. The lust of the eyes – this is a covetous desire for what others have.
  3. The pride of life – this is the arrogant boasting about one’s accomplishments and possessions.

John makes it clear that these are only temporary desires that pass away.  When we give in to these desires, we are not doing the will of the Father.  These desires do not come from the Father.

Are these temporary desires sinful?  Only when left unchecked.  You can have a healthy sexual desire for your spouse.  You can appreciate and congratulate someone’s promotion at work.  You can be proud of your accomplishments without boasting over and over about how great you are and how you’re a “self-made” man or woman.  It is when our lust, jealousy and boasting are out of control that we are ensnared by sin.  Lust leads to sex outside of God’s design for marriage.  Envy leads to sinful acts such as robbery and even murder.  Pride ultimately leads to destruction because one will not admit their need of a Savior.  This is what it means to love the things of the world.  If you love the world with all of your heart, then there is no room for Jesus.  His love is eternal.  The things of this world are not.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, keep me from from the love of this world.  Help me in my weaknesses to love You most of all.  Clean out my heart and make me more like Jesus.  I confess my sinfulness to You and thank You for Your forgiveness.  In the name of Jesus I thank and praise You, amen.
12
Jan
16

It’s Hard To Be Humble

There are sins that we all struggle with of which we are completely aware.  We know what they are.   The things that we know we shouldn’t do, but we do them anyway.  Greed.  Lust.  Swearing.  Lying.  Gossip.  Drunkenness.  These are behavioral sins.  We deal with these on a regular enough basis that trying to repent of them consumes us.

Then there are sins that we have heard about but don’t even realize we are committing.  We are so focused on trying to change our behavior that we have no time for these sins.  Sins like pride, materialism, selfishness, not loving our wives or husbands or children like we should, not loving our neighbor like we should and not loving God with all of our hearts, souls, minds and strength.  These are attitudinal sins.

I was smacked right in the forehead with an attitudinal sin today while reading from Matthew’s Gospel.

God blesses those who are humble,
for they will inherit the whole earth. – Matthew 5:5 (NLT)

When pride fills us, it makes us think that we are better than we really are.  Paul wrote in Philippians 2:3b (NLT)

Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.

He then wrote in Ephesians 4:2 (NLT) “Always be humble…”

Pride is what makes me believe that my way is best.  Pride is what makes me think that I know it all.  Pride gets in the way of being like Jesus who gave up the glories of Heaven for the humiliation of Earth.  He was completely humble in His approach to others.  If we want to be more like Jesus, we need to be more humble.

My mom taught us from a very young age the priorities of life.

  • God
  • Others
  • Self

I think that this is a recipe for humility.  Put God first.  Put others before yourself.  Take care of yourself, but not at the expense of serving others.  Philippians 2:4 (NLT) says,

Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

My prayer today is that we will not get so focused on the external issues and sins that we forget about the heart issues.  Pride is a heart issue and God cares about the condition of our hearts because it is from our hearts that everything about us flows.

Luke 6:45 (NLT) says, “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.  What you say flows from what is in your heart.”

PRAYER: Lord, help me to be more humble.  I confess that I am filled with too much pride and I need Your grace to overcome my attitude of pride.  Thank You for forgiving me of my many sins.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

25
Sep
15

The Future Holder

James 4:13-17 (NIV)
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
 
We all make plans.  We all have hopes and dreams.  We have different goals and we try to determine our own destinies.  James says that this is arrogant and goes so far as to say that it is evil.  Why?  Because we have no reason to be so arrogant.  We have NO IDEA what the future holds.  We can say that we want to do this or that.  We can say that we’re going to go here or there.  James says that we cannot possibly know these things.
He compares our lives to a mist or vapor.  I once heard that you should imagine a pot of boiling water.  Our lives are like the steam that rises above that pot.  It’s there one moment and you don’t see it the next.  This is what James says our lives are like.  Here one moment and we’re gone the next.  
We delude ourselves in two ways.  First, we think to ourselves, “I’ve got all the time in the world!”  This is foolish because we really don’t.  If the vapor disappears, so shall we.  Second, we think, “I’m in control of my future.”  This is arrogant and prideful.  Only God knows the future and He is the One who holds it in His hands.  Instead of making our plans, we need to submit to God’s will.  Our prayer should always be, “Thy will be done.”  It is the safest prayer to pray.  God’s will is for our best.  He knows what He’s doing and when we surrender control of our lives to Him, He will lead us to where we want to be and that is with Jesus for all eternity.  Jesus knows the way because Jesus is the Way.  Instead of bragging and boasting about our own knowledge or control, let’s submit to the control of the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.  The Holy Spirit will lead and guide us and we’ll end up where we truly desire to be.
 
PRAYER: Father, I lift my voice to You today and simply say, “Thy will be done.”  I surrender to Your leading and to Your way.  I know that I will try to control my future, but in reality it is in Your hands.  Help me to surrender control of my life to You.  In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.



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