I have learned in my study of the Word, that there are all kinds of sin but really only three categories of sin: 1)the lust of the flesh; 2) the lust of the eyes and 3) the pride of life.
I have pointed out on this blog in the past that pride is my BIG downfall. I tend to be a perfectionist. I am intelligent, so I tend to be a know-it-all. I am confident, so I tend to be bossy. All of these things can be good if used in the right way and place, but when you look at them through God's eyes, they are not the attitudes that He wants us to show forth in our lives as one of His followers.
Matthew 5:3-11 tells us that we are to be humble, we are to mourn, be meek, longing for His righteousness, we are to show mercy and purity of heart, we are to be peacemakers, and to suffer persecution for His sake -- not necessarily the special of the day in today's world of pursuing happiness, wealth and success at all costs.
But, I have been striving to lay down my pride; to depend on God's leading in all things. We are told in John 8:28: Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am [he], and [that] I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
We are to do nothing of ourselves but to do ALL things as God leads and tells us to do them. Even with this blog, when I write what I want to write, it just doesn't come out the same. But when I feel led of His spirit to write, the words seem to flow out of me.
The thing is, pride is one sin we have to beat down, not daily; but minute by minute, every single day. Satan was created as a perfect being, but his pride got the better of him and caused him to rebel against God Almighty. I pray that God will use whatever means to divest me of my pride. I do not, in any way, want to be like satan.
And so, last night as I prepared for bed, I realized my pride had taken hold of me again; I realized my wretchedness in thinking that there was some work or attitude I could do that would make me look good in God's eyes. I got on my knees before God and cried like a baby, knowing that it's all about Jesus and what He did for me and that alone that will ever make me right to God. Self-pity wanted to take control and anger showed up because it's just so hard to do, but my Lord reached out and touched me with His mercy and grace and said, "Kim, it's one day at a time, minute by minute. I've got you in my hands, and we'll get there together. Trust me."
Will you pray with me today? Father, forgive me when I try to do things in my own knowledge, strength and ability. You know and see everything, and I want follow you and avoid all the pitfalls of not relying on your wisdom, love and care. I know you have a plan for my life that I can't see right now, and my pride keeps trying to convince me to act before I consult you. I ask that you would take away all things that build up my pride in myself and cause me not to put all my trust in you. Thank you for your mercy and grace and for loving me so much that you gave your all for me. In the name of Christ I pray. Amen
Moment by Moment by Daniel L. Whittle
Dying with Jesus, by death reckoned mine;
Living with Jesus, a new life divine;
Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine,
Moment by moment, O Lord, I am Thine.
Moment by moment I’m kept in His love;
Moment by moment I’ve life from above;
Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine;
Moment by moment, O Lord, I am Thine.
Never a trial that He is not there,
Never a burden that He doth not bear,
Never a sorrow that He doth not share,
Moment by moment, I’m under His care.
Never a heartache, and never a groan,
Never a teardrop, and never a moan;
Never a danger but there on the throne,
Moment by moment He thinks of His own.
Never a weakness that He doth not feel,
Never a sickness that He cannot heal;
Moment by moment, in woe or in weal,
Jesus my Savior abides with me still.
May you feel the presence of the Savior every moment today.