PRIDE IS A ROBBER!
1 Peter 5:6 – Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. (NIV)
Pride kills opportunity because it falsely magnifies a person’s real worth. When a fellow is boastful, helpers would assume that he’s self-sufficient; therefore, they refrain from assisting. In the case of the two men who went to pray at the Temple in Luke 18:9-14, the Pharisee prayed arrogantly and listed everything he does (fast twice a week and paid tithes). More so, he condemned the other man and sinners.
The tax collector, on his part, was meek and could not even look up to heaven, but said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ This man, rather than the Pharisee, went home justified before God, because anyone who exalts themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. Many people, like the Pharisee, have missed their time of elevation due to self-glorification!
Beloved, what is it you possess that you have become bossy? Remember what Proverbs 28:6 (ESV) says, that ‘Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.’ Indeed, there are blessings for the simple (Matthew 5:5). But pride makes a man as nothing before God. Therefore, as seen in our Bible reading, lower yourself before the Lord so He can promote and sustain you at the top! More importantly, if you are to boast at all, brag only of what God has done (1 Corinthians 1:31). It shall be well with you!
Song: I Give Myself Away — William McDowell.
1. Lord, please give me a humble spirit.
2. Father, I retract every praise accorded to me, and return them to You!
1. Read, meditate and pray with Psalms 51:10-19.
2. Please pray for our upcoming prayer programme.
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