The God who sees ME

The God who sees ME

El Roi is my favorite name of God because it means the God who sees. He sees me. He wants to have a relationship with me and wants to know every detail of me life even though He is KING of the Universe. He is so good to me. He is my Lord and Savior. Nothing shall separate me from His love. He is All that I need and MORE!

Friday, April 1, 2011

5 day challenge- Pride

Hi everyone,
I never finished the 5 day challenge, so I thought I would send one out today. Today's challenge is Pride.
I am just copying from my Journey to the Heart book because it covers the subject of Pride so thoroughly. I pretty much checked off all of these! Please forgive me if I have had a prideful attitude towards you.

Do I have a Prideful Heart?

Pride is at the top of the list of sins that God hates. This sin caused Lucifer, Son of the Morning, to fall from his exalted position in heaven and become Satan with his legions of demons.

Pride motivate Adam and Eve to break fellowship with God and lose their perfect home in the Garden of Eden. Pride was the driving force of King Nebuchadnezzar when he declared, "Is not this great Babylon, that I have built?" (Daniel 4:30), and was immediately driven from his throne to live like an ox.

Pride caused the downfall of King Herod when he accepted the worship of people and was eaten by worms. Pride is at the root of every conflict in the world and every broken relationship in life because "Only by pride cometh contention" (Proverbs 13:10a).

Do you understand what Pride is?
Pride is putting yourself in the place of God.
  • Pride is thinking about yourself more than God and others.
  • Pride is comparing yourself with other people, thinking you are better than some and not as good as others.
  • Pride is envying those you think are more attractive or talented than you.
  • Pride is feeling inward pain when someone you envy is praised or promoted.
  • Pride is feeling glee when a competitor fails or is accused of wrongdoing.
  • Pride enjoys telling people of the failures and troubles that others are experiencing. This slander makes you look better in their eyes and in your mind.
  • Pride is seeking your pleasure more than pleasing God or serving others.
  • Pride is going to the head of a serving line rather than allowing others to go first.
  • Pride is hiding your faults and failures so others will think you are better than you really are.
  • Pride is refusing to admit you are wrong.
  • Pride is refusing to ask forgiveness.
  • Pride is expecting others to serve you.
  • Pride is being ungrateful when people serve you and resenting those who do not.
  • Pride is assuming or demanding the right to make final decisions about your life.
  • Pride is spending more time in the morning getting ready to see people than you spend with God.
  • Pride is spending more money on possessions than on things that will benefit others and advance the kingdom of God.
  • Pride is seeking the praise of people more than the approval of God.
  • Pride is reviewing your achievements rather than thanking those who made them possible.
  • Pride is arguing with authorities about rules and standards.
  • Pride is demanding the right to choose your own music, friends, dress, and activities.
  • Pride is refusing to surrender your whole life to God or resisting His will in any matter.
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal additional evidences of pride or arrogance in your life. An appropriate prayer would be, "Lord, You hate pride, and I want to love You with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength. Would You show me further areas of pride in my life?"

God's Word on Pride

These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look... a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations... and he that seweth discord among the brethren (Proverbs 6:16-19).

The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God; God is not in all his thoughts (Psalm 10:4).

Are you seeking God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength?
Is God honored in all your thoughts?
Do you want people to notice your appearance, or do you want to direct their attention to God?
Do you sow discord among others with gossip, whispering, or murmuring?

The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth do I hate (Proverbs 8:13).

Do you hate evil or simply condemn those who practice it?
Do you have an arrogant attitude or facial expression?
Do you have an uncontrolled tongue?
Do you remember that God is watching everything you say and do?

In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them (Proverbs 14:3).

Are you quick to rebuke others, thinking you are better?

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud (Provers 16:18-19).

Have other accused you of pride?

A high look, and a proud heart... is sin (Proverbs 21:4).

Do you associate with proud people?

A man's pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit (Proverbs 29:23).

God "spanked" King Nebuchadnezzar with metal confusion until he came to his senses and made the following declaration in Daniel 4: 34-37.

The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things (Psalm 12:3).

Would God or others say that I have a proud heart?

God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therfore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time (1 Peter 5:4b-6).

How can you humble yourself before God?

God expects you to humble yourself. If you do not, He will raise up others to humble you. In James 4, He provides a series of steps that you can take in order to humble yourself.

But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned into mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up (James 4:6-10).

Further ways to humble yourself:

  • Place yourself under God-given authority.
  • Ask forgiveness from those whom you have offended.
  • Set aside a time for fasting and prayer. David said, "I humbled my soul with fasting" (Psalm 35:13b).
  • Look for reasons to praise others.
  • Have the spirit of a servant and do not react when you are treated like one.
  • Thank those who correct you.
  • Ask others to point out blind spots in your life.
  • Ask God's forgiveness for unkept vows and start keeping them.
  • Deflect praise you receive form others.