Posts Tagged ‘pride’

Story and Quote of the day:  Perspective of the wise

Dennis Fisher writes:

In the Narnia Chronicle The Horse and His Boy, Bree is a talking horse.  He considers the boy, Shasta, a “foal” who is badly in need of training.  Often the horse’s arrogant opinions reflect an air of superiority.  He thinks of himself as a brave warhorse, possessing great skill and courage.  Yet, when he hears the roar of a great lion, he flees and leaves the other members of his party unprotected.

Later, Bree meets Aslan the lion, who is king of Narnia.  The horse admits that he has been an arrogant and frightened failure.  Aslan praises Bree for admitting his shortcomings.

The Bible tells us:  “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Prov. 16:18).  Life has a way of exposing the flaws of our own personal vanity.  But learning the hard lesson that “pride goes before destruction” can become a turning point in which we intentionally shift our focus away from exalting self.  Then, as we adopt a humble spirit before God and man, we can become channels of wisdom to others.  “When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the humble is wisdom” (Prov. 11:2).

Promoting your own importance leads to stumbling.  But focusing on glorifying God and meeting the needs of others gives us the perspective of the wise.

Bible verse of the day:  Proverbs 11:2

“When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the humble is wisdom.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray that You continue to teach me what it means to be humble.  May my focus be completely on glorifying You that I may become a channel of wisdom for others.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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Story of the day:  Father, I need help

“A young boy was doing his best to lift a rock that was too large for someone his size.  He grunted and puffed as he tried various methods for lifting the rock.  But, in spite of all his efforts, the rock wouldn’t budge.  His father walked by and, after watching his son’s struggle, asked if he was having trouble.  The boy answered, “Yes, I’ve tried everything, and it won’t move.”  The father replied, “Are you sure you have tried every possibility, that you have used every resource at your disposal?”  The boy looked up with frustration and exhaustion filling his face and grunted out a “Yes!”  With kindness, the father bent over and softly said, “No, my son, you haven’t.  You haven’t asked for my help.”

     How often are we like the little boy, struggling with our problems but unable to solve them–because we have not asked for our Father’s help.” (Michael P. Green)

Quote of the day:  R. A. Torrey

“We are too busy to pray, and so we are too busy to have power.  We have a great deal of activity but we accomplish little; many services but few conversions, much machinery but few results.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 46:1

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Sometimes I see myself as that child who thinks he can lift the rock all by himself.  Instead of coming to You and asking for Your help, I flex my muscles and think that I am strong enough to accomplish the goal.  Father, I ask for Your forgivness for my thinking that way.  Father, I know that You are in control of every situation that I encounter.  I pray for any pride that I might have in thinking that I can do it on my own, for it to be gone and the situation given over to You.  I know that I can’t in my own power, “fix, lift, or solve” anything.  Thank You for opening my eyes to see and showing me the strength that encompasses who You are and for walking ahead of me to help with any obstacles that may come my way.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  The fall of Lucifer

     Pride can creep into our lives in many different fashions.  It is a tool that is used by the devil that can puff us up, but when all is said and done, it is the one tool that can make us fall the hardest.

When people are asked to describe what the devil looks like, many will describe him as this mean, evil looking entity that carries around a pitch fork.  What people fail to realize is that he was once a beautiful angel, that did great things for God.  It wasn’t until he wanted to be equal with God that caused his fall from Heaven.  I imagine that he still looks like an angel, the only difference is that he might look beautiful on the outside, yet so ugly on the inside.  Think about it, how else could he lure people into doing what he wants?  It is his enticing, prideful ways that can trap people into believing his lies.  But just as quickly as he fell from Heaven due to his pridefulness, we too can fall just as quickly, if we allow ourselves to get puffed up. 

Pride is a sin that is a lofty and often arrogant assumption of superiority in some respect.  “Pride can destroy our efforts.  If we are doing what God is calling us to do and start seeing terrific results, then we must guard against the subtle pride that can accompany success.  Check yourself.  Is pride a problem?” (Nick Harrison)

  Quote of the day:  Richard Baxter

“Pride is a vice that ill suits those who lead others in a humble way to Heaven.  For God, who thrust out a proud angel, will not tolerate a proud Christian either.  For it is pride that is at the root of all other sins:  envy, contention, discontent, and all hindrances that would prevent renewal.  Where there is pride, all want to lead and none want to follow or to agree.”

Bible verse of the day:  Proverbs 11:2

“When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray that pride doesn’t find it’s way into my life.  I pray that at it’s first signs of life that it may be weeded out so that the things You ask of me can be done in a humble way so when the results come, I will know that they are of You and not of me.  I pray for a humbled spirit in all that I do and an open heart that is willing to love the way that You love me.  I pray that You continue to mold me into the likeness of Your Son Jesus Christ so that others may see You through me.  Father, I pray for my kiddos who just started a brand new school today, I pray that they fear nothing and know that You go before them in their life leading their way.  I pray for all other students who are in the same boat.  Comfort them in this changing world that they may recognize You as their Lord and Savior.  I pray for the teachers, who will be setting the example for all students to follow.  Give them rest as this day will be exhausting for them.  I thank You for a blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

                                                                                                            Story of the day:  Feed me, change me, love me

   From the time we are born, we rely on people to feed us, change us, and love us.  We are all born with a “me” need that needs to be met.  As a baby that is totally understandable.  The baby needs these things in order to survive, because the baby can’t take care of himself.   But as we grow we are given the tools that we need in order to feed and change ourselves.   The I mentality should diminish as we get older, but because we have been given so much, sometimes we don’t know how to change that.  

   A caring, selfless nature isn’t built into us.  Human beings are born with a selfish desire that needs to be met and as we grow some individuals take on an ego that is filled with pride and self.  As we become Christians, we should be maturing every day.  We should stop drinking all of that formula (which is fed to us) and start eating the meat that is placed before us.  The spiritual food that is given to us and the transformation that Christ starts in us, can then lead to us putting on Christ’s attributes of faith, hope, and love.  We should put these on and do so with a Christ mindset.   But this can only be done once we let go of pride and self.

   “The story is told of a laborer who was a mature Christian and gave a solid testimony before all who knew him.  His boss came to him one day and said, “You know, whatever you’ve got, I want.  You have such peace and joy and contentment.  How can I get this?”

   The laborer said, “Go to you home, put on your best suit, come down here, and work in the mud with the rest of us–and you can have it.”

   “What are you talking about?  I could never do that.  I’m the boss, you’re the worker.  I can’t do that.  That’s beneath my dignity.”  The boss came back a couple of months later and said, “I ask you again, what is it that you have and how can I get it?”

   “I told you, go put on your best suit, come down and work in the mud with us, and you can have it.”  Again, the boss became furious and walked off.

   Finally in desperation he came back to the laborer and said, “I don’t care what it takes!  I’ll do anything.”  The laborer said, “Will you put on your best suit and come down and work in the mud?”  The boss agreed that he would even do that.  Then the laborer said, “You don’t have to.”

   Do you see the point?  The laborer knew what was standing between the boss and Christ–pride and self.”

Quote of the day:  Buddy Robinson  

“Pride is the only disease known to man that makes everyone sick except the person who has it.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 Corinthians 13:11

“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Today as I marvel in the things that You have done for me, I pray to put away any pride that may be lurking in my closet.  May I put on the mindset of Your Son and live a life that only pleases You.  Search my heart for areas that need to be changed and give me wisdom and knowledge from Your Word on how to change these areas in my life.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen