Monday, October 20, 2014

Deflating Pride!

Look unto the rock from where you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug. (Isa. 51:1). 

In the Hebrew text, the word quarry actually refers to "a hole." The 
old King James Version doesn't miss it far: "the hole of the pit whence ye are digged." Never forget "the hole of the pit." 

What excellent advice! Before we get all enamored with our high-and-mighty importance, it's a good idea to take a backward glance at the "hole of the pit" from which Christ lifted us. And let's not just think about it; let's admit it. Our "hole of the pit" has a way of keeping us all on the same level---recipients of grace. And don't kid yourself, even those who are extolled and admired have "holes" from which they are dug. 
  • With Moses, it was murder.
  • With Peter, it was public denial.
  • With Rahab, it was prostitution.     
The next time we're tempted to become puffed up by our own importance, let's just look back to the pit from which we were dug. It has a way of deflating our pride. 

Strengthening Your Grip 

This has to be one of my personal favorite posts for the fact that this post drives home the reminder of the fact the all of us have "holes" in our lives in which God has brought us out from. The dimensions of our "holes" obviously vary from person to person. The larger and deeper the "hole", the stronger and more humbled you outta be as a person, especially in Christ. 

Pride of any kind will always be in opposition to God's nature. Even our pride for our favorite sports franchise can often get in the way of having fulfilling relationships. The popular saying of "Pride comes before the fall." is absolutely true in every sense of the word and have seen it play out not only in my life, but in the lives of those around me. Knowing what we know about pride, is it really worth being prideful at all? Can we show pride in our loved ones and for those of you who are parents, show pride in your children? In "healthy" portions, yes. But we MUST keep a watchful eye on our pride and not let it get out of control. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).