Monthly Archives: July 2011
“. . . for whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Pride is dangerous, because it is a lying spirit. The result of believing in self rather than believing in God, and it’s tragic for someone who is blind that they may have this sin. Because what happens is that a person with a prideful spirit misses the opportunity to enter into the wealthy place of God. He does not have God’s signet on anything he does. Take a look:
“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.”
(2 Chronicles 16:9)
We hear much about, talk about this wayward heart condition, but we need to dig deeper into the matter. Because some would have us to think that this prideful disturbing character flaw is nothing but self-confidence, but how can this be if God hates this in us. Does he hate pride? Yes, he does.
“Six things are hated by the Lord; seven things are disgusting to him:
Eyes of pride, a false tongue, hands which take life without cause;
A heart full of evil designs, feet which are quick in running after sin;
A false witness, breathing out untrue words, and one who lets loose violent acts among brothers.“ (Proverbs 6:16-19)
Now we start to get a good picture of what the Lord is saying why pride is not good. Because the prideful spirit is more than likely starting trouble in all his relationships because a prideful person is more than likely doing all this stuff that we see above. I do want to bring attention the fact that the word “murder,” doesn’t always mean killing someone and ending their natural life. We can also kill or murder someone’s reputation through the lies and gossip that someone so willfully promotes for their own gain, and yes pride is usually the vehicle to fuel these attacks of the enemy.
I wanted to get a firsthand view of what I deal with when a person lives in a state of pride. So let’s take a peek and see what this person maybe up to behind the scenes. Let’s look shall we?
15 SIGNS OF PRIDE
(1) Being blind, unable to see pride. Pride envelops itself in smoke unless you’re in the mirror of God’s word and God, by His grace, allows you to see your sin and its magnitude. Many people see the logs in other people’s eyes and maybe the speck in their own. They may even say “I’m proud” and then move right on as if it were insignificant.
(2) Being unthankful. Proud people think they deserve only what is good. The result is, why should they be thankful? As a matter of fact, they may even complain because they think they deserve better. They tend to be critical and complainers. One of our professors at the seminary sized up a student, saying, “This person is a walking minus sign!” They may grumble, be discontent, see the downside of everything, be quarrelsome and divisive. No one is safe around this type of person.
(3) Outbursts of anger, withdrawing, pouting, being moody or impatient because one’s rights or schedules aren’t being met.
(4) Perfectionistic-type persons who want to be the best at everything are also proud. Why? Because it’s self-serving. They brag and talk about themselves all the time. It reminds me of a cartoon of Garfield talking to Odie, the dog. He says, “Odie, I’m tired of talking about me. You talk about me for awhile.” Some have an inflated view of their own importance, abilities, and talents.
(5) Seeking independence. Some proud people find it extremely difficult to work under someone else, to submit. They have to be their own boss. They say, “I don’t need anyone. I don’t need accountability for my faith and doctrine.” Others cut themselves down with comments, but inwardly they crave self-sufficiency.
(6) Monopolizing conversations, being rigid, stubborn, headstrong, and intimidating, saying, “It’s my way or the highway.”
(7) Being consumed with what others might think of them, being man-pleasers or man-fearers.
(8) Being devastated by criticism.
(9) Not listening very well. They compose what they are going to say while you’re speaking.
(10) Being unteachable. They know it all. They’re superior. They can’t learn anything.
(11) Being sarcastic, hurtful, jesting, saying, “That’s just the way I am. That’s my personality. I’m A-type. I’m dominant, choleric, lion, beaver, mule,” whatever else you want to call them!
(12) Wanting to be praised or to be coaxed to serve. Unwillingness to initiate or commit to the right thing simply to please God. I like Jay Adams’ answer to people who leave churches and say, “That was a cold place.” He says, “Go warm it up!” Such people are just consumed with themselves, jealous, envious, not glad for others’ successes, deceitful, covering up faults, rarely seeking help, fake, and hypocritical.
(13) Being defensive: “It can’t be my fault!” Then they attack one another. Revenge, trivializing their sin, rationalizing it, justifying it, judging others by their own self-made standards. Often proud people rarely admit their sin or ask for forgiveness.
(14) Lacking in biblical prayer, in service to other people, and in sacrificial deeds of love. (Thomas Watson said, “We should pray without ceasing because beggars beg.”) Instead, being touchy, irritable, or ultrasensitive.
(15) Resisting authority, being disrespectful. We say he or she has a submission problem. No, they have a pride problem. It’s displaying itself that way. This person is rarely concerned about the welfare of someone else. They view and judge others in terms of how others support them and their concerns, their ministry. They voice their preferences at times, even when not asked. When they do voice them, it’s without compassion or consideration for others. They convey an un-approachableness. Even when someone points out a flaw, there’s always a quick retort, minimizing it and moving on.
(Excerpt from “Pursuing the Servants Mindset” by Stuart Scott)
“Man’s steps are ordered by the Lord. How then can a man understand his way?” (Proverbs 20:24)
Good question. Because the prideful and arrogant spirit most certainly is void of understanding the things of God…we can see from those 15 signs that there is much prayer needed when pride is our house. It is not something that is picked up overnight but is a spirit passed down from house to house, a generational curse, meaning that this is not a physical ailment but a mental one. So the spirit may be rooted in the House of Dailey, the House of Dixon so on and so on. Amen.
What does the Lord say about this? He is saying that he is a good plan and that He has already made a course of action for us, but the prideful spirit has his own agenda that goes along with the idea that says, “I can do what I want and can’t no one stop me!”
Well ok go ahead but you’ll get no help, no anointing or favor are ours when we think more highly of ourselves than we ought to thinks (Romans 12).
“For the eyes of the Lord go this way and that, through all the earth, letting it be seen that he is the strong support of those whose hearts are true to him. In this you have done foolishly, for from now you will have wars.”
(2 Chronicles 16:9)
God has more grace for us today to do what He wills us today. We must repent and trust God with our lives…it will save us from all kinds of problems in our lives…it’s foolish to think that we know what is best for us when we’ve let ourselves down so many times before this.
Trust God and kick that Me spirit out of you house.
“For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11)
I had a counselor tell me once that God did not promise us a rose garden but allows us the chance to grow our own…I didn’t get it then but I do now…and can now add to that because we see that it takes much light to grow roses; and water, even before we get the full bush we began to see buds…the buds aren’t beautiful…nothing about those that tell us what is inside..”can’t pick them now,” we think.
“They’re not ready,” we say. If we have ever seen them in full bloom then we know that it will be well worth the wait….I find the yellow roses so magnificent and even the pink ones fill me with the essence of their beauty…but we all know that attached to that beauty are thorns…hurtful things that if we are not careful they can bring severe pain…
So it is with life we have to wait for the good thing He promises…God that said He won’t with hold them…the good things..
So I say wait….
be careful to watch out for the thorns…
I was thinking of how hard it can be to change wrongthinking. It’s sad to me when I see someone struggling with a negative self image. We can be the most talented and gifted people in the world, but if we don’t see it or think so then we never tap into what God has for us. Sometimes we can take on other lifestyles and behavior speaking and acting out what we’ve seen and heard and be defeated without even knowing.
Maybe being raised in a family whose only example for us was lust of material wealth and gain and not of God. This can count as a negative self image of oneself if we haven’t been able to keep up with those false images of self that we think we should have, our poor image of self has keep us stuck. Fear of rejection is deadly also, because it keeps us bound in chains of self doubt for years. Many opportunities have been missed because we might think that “No” will be the answer before we even try.
The devil will tell us that our pasts have doomed us. Flashbacks of past failures come to steal the word from us. But what does the word say that we can have? Even if we’ve squandered all our lives and wasted money, lost homes, cars and are destitute because of it; there is still hope. Some may be trying desperately to dig themselves out of the holes they’ve dug from past mistakes; but their thinking of themselves is hopeless. Still what does the word say…
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father. (Luke 15)
It’s called “Will Power!” This is the problem that some of us have when it comes to what they think of themselves. Rejection of the postives of a successful life in Christ; refusing to believe that anything good is there for us. Why? No will power! This power and authority is given from a faithful walk with God and says, “I will go forth and be successful! I will love my neighbor as my self. I will be the best I can be today! I will believe what the word has for me! I will have what God says I can have!”Nothing else will do… It’s a will to do good.
They come to cause fear and doubt in an already unstable mind…makes you blame others for what you could have already done to save yourself.
“Therefore, my dear ones, as you have always obeyed [my suggestions], so now, not only [with the enthusiasm you would show] in my presence but much more because I am absent, work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ).”
We are already saved that was a done deal at the cross. But now we’ve been working on changing defeating thoughts, self doubt, and fear. Yes I say fear because Satan has kept us bound by the thought that if someone says, “no it can’t be this way,” then the old man rises to say, “there is nothing else to be done.” And we believe it. Why because we don’t know any better…we don’t know the word…the only thing we know is what we’ve always known.
Some of us are so set in our ways that it would take a brick to crack open open the locks placed on our minds by the enemy. We’re receiving good sound advice and still can’t move from the “straight jacket,” mentalities that have kept us bound for years.
Paul says that we’ve got choices…good sound advice in the word we need to take, and work out those problems and take them seriously. Amen. Because life goes on whether we participate in it or not. Fight for your life…or lose it, be cut off from opportunity…grow old and never recieve and/or accept the wisdom God wants us to have…Wow, can those thoughts that the devil keeps hammering in your mind be so important? Yes, I say important because some of our actions seems more the work of the enemy than of the Lord.
Whose side are you on Oh woman/man of the most High. Make up your mind to live or die. Choose life…work out your own salvation, trusting God to see you through it. Or live in hell!
Good Morning ~~Sons & Daughters of the Promise~~
I will bless the Lord and at all times ( with my whole heart) His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My life is ever before me a testimony of God’s goodness and grace to me, others who are afflicted hear the good news and of His great mercy and they though they are burden and afflicted are made glad.
I sought Him, looked for Him, searched and inquired after Him, for the authority of his word(for me), He heard me, and He delivered me from all, everyone of my fears.
I tell you Sons & Daughters if you will only trust him, he will make your face to shine, you will not have to be ashamed, no longer burdened down, depressed, or confused.
I was poor woman(spiritually, mentally, physically), broken and cast down but He has saved me from all of my troubles.
The angels circle you, encamp around you, those of you who fear, honor, revere and worship Him with awe, each of you He will deliver.
Oh won’t you try Him, taste and see, of His Goodness…God is good, so very good!
Blessed and happy are they who put their trust in Him…Hallelujah!!!
(Psalm 34: 1-8) (Emphasis mine)
2 Timothy 1: 3-12
I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.
When I was a young girl, my mother used to take my brother and me to visit our great Aunt Alberta. To this day I cannot tell you why we went there, all I know is that we would pull up in front of the big white house with the high front porch, and then mama would tell one of us to go and ring the bell. Sometimes the door would be open and you could see inside. That house was huge, and big, and scary (at least from a child’s view). I believe that most children get pleasure from visiting relatives. However, I must have been a little different from most children; in fact I know that I was, because I never got any enjoyment from those visits. Mainly because when she came to the door to answer it, she always had a big paper bag in her hand and would tell us to pick up paper and sticks out the yard and street in front of her house. Once inside that house it was like a wonderland for a child, there were pictures of all the family and it was a joy to see me as a baby and even smaller child with all of our cousins, grand and greats. I think that I knew even then that I was destined for greatness; it’s in the blood line.
I remember much about my Aunt, that she loved the Lord with her whole heart; she was a stern devout Christian who lived and breathed the word of God. She was a disciplinarian when it came to going to church, needless to say that when my mom and dad decided to take a trip that naturally we’d end up there. Later when I was older I began to appreciate her more for her knowledge of the word. I never got to tell her, but she instilled in me much about living holy and being a great woman of virtue and godliness. I remember a time when she was drilling me with bible verses, she asked and I answered. Afterwards she exclaimed, “Hmmm, well you know the word, I don’t know what’s wrong with you!” That is so funny now to me, but it was really sad then, because people ought to know that joining church doesn’t save you. It’s all in the bloodline.
I remember at her funeral, as her pastor got up to preach her eulogy, the topic, “Mrs. Frazier, you are something else!” As he began to tell of her life, I found out many amazing things, I never knew that she could sing (although many other members of the family did), I had never heard her. I was really surprised to learn also that her favorite song was, “His Eye is on the Sparrow!” After that I made it a point to learn that song and I’ve since sung it at funerals and other occasions, even the shower. I have never been that revitalized and rejuvenated by a person’s life than at my aunt’s funeral. Amazing, it’s in the bloodline.
Now as I remembered not only my aunt, but also my mother who loved writing, my grandfather’s who both were singers, uncles who preached and my brother, many prayer warriors who passed that on to us so we to could pray for our families, many wonderful gift passed on…it is definitely in the bloodline.
Today: I urge all of you to stir up your gifts, whether in song, written word, through encouragement, or even a card can do much to lift someone who is going through. Pass on the gifts that God gave you through the fruits of love, joy peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance…they’re in the bloodline of Jesus Christ.
Much love and many blessings,
Mark 1:16-20 “As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed him. When he had gone a little further, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.”
There’s this show I love to watch a show called “Wind at my Back.” The era they live in on this is during a time of depression; 1930The rich kinda stand out but it is the poor or not so well off that are the strong and helping the rich to become over comers. So there they are in this town where everyone knows everybody and this young man who has a passion for the game of chess…needs someone to teach him beyond what he already knows about the game. So there’s this guy who know but he’s been to prison and learned there but the town doesn’t think that a person who has gone to prison really knows his stuff…wow! Because he takes on the town in a match tournament…and wins!
Many times we may feel that the things we’ve done have done us in…that our lives are ruined, but we have much to give to others coming behind us. My topic today is on fear because fear can blind us, paralyze us, and keep us from our destiny. There is someone here today who needs hear this…me being one; so as I minister to you I’m ministering to myself. Perhaps you have come to a new road–one you’ve not traveled and as you stand there gazing down there to end…it frightens you. But how can we deal with it in a positive way and not allow it to hinder our walk?
God has given clear instruction for you man/woman…He anticipated that this would happen that you would be afraid of this new thing He is doing for and through you! Take a look:
You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and sent for from its farthest parts, saying to you, You are my servant, whom I have taken for myself, and whom I have not given up:
Have no fear, for I am with you; do not be looking about in trouble, for I am your God; I will give you strength, yes, I will be your helper; yes, my true right hand will be your support.
Truly, all those who are angry with you will be made low and put to shame: those desiring to do you wrong will come to nothing and never again be seen.
You will make search for your haters but they will not be there; those who make war against you will be as nothing and will come to destruction.
For I, the Lord your God, have taken your right hand in mine, saying to you, Have no fear; I will be your helper.
This thing we’re about to take on may be new to us but God planned it that way…He took us from the bondage and slavery of our past…but fear of the unknown land is frightening. There are people who may see nothing about us except the bad that we’ve done, may talk about us and speak evil on us…but fear not God says that He took you out…took us out what does that mean? It means that although it may look like you did it this then and just left…we aren’t that powerful to save ourselves. God did it….
Today: Don’t worry bout the haters….God is with you wherever you go….Fear Not!
Now listen young sista, young brotha
and remember just what I told ya
your parents they don’t want to scold ya
but you’ll thank them one day when you’re olda
lessons in life cause great pain
your parents went through tha same
be quiet and bring forth their gain
don’t do that and cause them more shame
for life gives what you hand back
and its you that this pain is aimed at
and that sin don’t follow that
it is lust and is not where it’s at
your parents just want to precede ya
just listen cause they want to lead ya
to peace and good things of the world
don’t chase after loose little girls
those bridges you learn not to burn
this is good for when it’s your turn
don’t look back but remember I told ya
to live you gotta be a soldja
tough times sometimes they may hurt
it’s better than pushing up dirt
through sickness and trouble they lead ya
don’t bite the hand that feeds ya
now listen young sista, young brotha
and don’t ever forget that I told ya
your parents have all that you need
just don’t bite the hand that feeds ya.
By Kayla Dailey(2011)