They are doing their best!

Hi folks

Isaiah chapter 14 verses 13-14 says this :”For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation, On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds. I will be like the Most High.”

We can see in Satan how pride will show itself in us. Pride brings us into contention with God. It will exalt us into breaking one or more of His commandments, perhaps as a way of life. It will exalt us to deny what a scripture clearly says to defend a privately held belief.

It will cause us to reject the leadership of the ministry, given to the church as a gift of God (cf. Jeremiah 43:1-2). It will exalt us into striving for positions of leadership in the church (study all of Numbers 16).

Pride will exalt us against brothers in the church fellowship so we do not really love them (i.e., gossiping about them, accusing, cutting them down [even in jest], never fellowshipping with them). It will make us contend with our fellow Christians over scriptures that have little or nothing to do with salvation, but “winning” an argument will become very important to us so we will not lose face.

It is no wonder Proverbs 28:25 says, “He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, but he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered.” God resists the proud, but gives grace (gifts that prosper one spiritually) to the humble.

The father and king of pride is an adversary. Whenever we witness contention that disrupts unity, where confusion and frustration are being produced, we can be sure that his dominant attitude is infecting the group. We need to examine ourselves to see where we may need to repent.

Finally, as I have a problem with Pride and Patience ( too much of one and not enough of the other!) I need to be very aware that during these unusual times of CV19, leaders in church and leaders at work are being asked to make decisions never made before. They may well be struggling to work out what the right thing to do might be. So when they make a decision I need to be supportive, after all, they need to see in me the Love of Christ and the confidence that living with Christ within gives a person. My role is to share Christ with all as often as I can in word and deed, and respect those in authority and their position over me.

We all press on with confidence then that Jesus is Lord.

Mark

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