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Pride vs. Humility

Thank You, Father, for a wonderful day yesterday. As You touched us in our time of worship, touch us today. Continue to move us to be all we can possibly be in You. Amen.

Matthew 5:1-3 (<<click the green)

Pairing verse 3 with this passage from Isaiah helps flesh this out a bit more in my mind.

“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, [poor in spirit] for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.” v.3

The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this:
“I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts.” 
Isaiah 57:15

The religious leadership of Your day, Lord, for the most part, clamored to be emulated. Their desire was to be honored and revered. They were spiritually arrogant and purposely placed themselves on a pedestal to receive everyone’s praise.

As I begin reading from Your Sermon on the Mount, many things that have earthly value are overturned, showing that in Your Kingdom things stand on different, purer standards.

In verse 3 arrogance and pride are thrown out and contriteness and humility are set in their place. Throughout Your ministry, You are not replacing the old with the new – instead, You are reinstating the old – the original – what God himself put into place – back into its rightful position.

There is no room in Your Kingdom, Lord for pride and arrogance. As one with a repentant heart may my spirit be contrite and humble. Amen.

Oct 9th, Mon, 6:33 am

WAITER!

Thank You, Father, for enabling me to get so much accomplished today. Everything is pretty much together for Sunday. Glad I can now just read through what is ready.

Matthew 2:1-12 (<<click the green)

It seems early to be reading through the first chapters of Matthew in that we tend to associate them with December and not September. Celebrating Your birth in December may be a man-made thing but regardless we can learn from the characters associated with Your coming to earth and the wise men definitely have some things to share.

It’s interesting to compare their mentality in coming to You and many of ours. They said, “…we have come to worship him.” They came to give. They came to honor. They came to extend proper acknowledgment of who You were (and still are for that matter). But why do we come to You?

So many times instead of bearing gifts, we come with our hands extended, expecting to receive.

Instead of seeking a church in which we can worship You, we look for what a church can offer us.

We are so full of ourselves that we demand that You show us who You are and expect You to give us a reason as to why we should stay around. We have the arrogance to say, “Here’s what the world’s offering me – can You beat it?”

Unfortunately, we seem to treat You more like a waiter than our Master and Creator. “Can I get a refill of my drink? I really shouldn’t have to ask. It’s your job isn’t it?”

Lord, may I never treat You like the genie in the bottle who is there to make my wishes come true. May I keep myself in the proper place of humility and contriteness. Lord, You love me, You sought me out when I was lost. When I come before You may it be with head bowed and eyes closed. Worship is do You. You deserve the best that I have to give to You. I don’t deserve anything good – only death and condemnation. But You graciously – mercifully – give good to me regardless. May I be a wise man as I come to worship You. Amen.

Sept 14th, Thurs, 8:28 pm

I Do What I Want!

I’m having some difficulties this morning, Father, and would ask for Your help. Due to some issues with my glasses my eyes have been strained. They are achy and it is a challenge even to write without my glasses. Please touch my eyes and enable me to get my glasses adjusted. May my time with You be profitable this morning, regardless.

2 Timothy 3:2b (<<click here)

“…boastful and proud, scoffing at God…”

What this communicates to me, Lord, is not so much the idea that we stand defiantly against you in our pride and arrogance but more the idea that we are full of ourselves and think that You are not even worthy of our attention

In the last few days, as I’ve read over this passage, the phrase “disobedient to their parents” has stuck out. I realize that it’s wrong but it seems rather mundane in comparison to “scoffing at God” but when it is put together with “ungrateful” and considering “nothing sacred” it all fits together.

It all begins on the home front. It is foundational that we bring up our children in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord” Ephesians 6:4 KJV. Nurture equals discipline and admonition means a warning of behavior or being open to instruction. This is a very complicated issue but it boils down to the fact that we don’t like being told what to do and that attitude has been passed right along to our children, some even going so far as to feeling it is wrong to make children obey or do things the way we think they should for fear that it may harm or stifle them in some way. But nothing could be farther from the truth. Out of our fear of discipline has come a generation (multiple ones now) of individuals who respect no authority whatsoever – much less You, Lord…and our world is crumbling around us because of it.

Everyone does what they want, when and how they want with relatively few restraints – what a mess! Lord, begin with me – continue to guide and direct me, wash me, instruct me so that I may stand in the strength and wisdom only You can provide and then help me to proclaim You and that mindset to those around me.

Nov 23rd, Mon, 5:35 am