December 17 James 4, Psalm 94
Vanity of Vanities
“I live in that high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts.” Isaiah 57:15b NLT
Scripture warns us not to think too highly of ourselves, yet we continually try to build ourselves up with inflated pride in our image, our knowledge, our possessions, and even our righteousness.
If we think about those people who most remind us of Jesus, we will notice that they almost always project the quality of humility, and reflect the love of Jesus.
Conceit is the vanity of vanities that will destroy a close and personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ, and keep many from getting to know Jesus.
When we persist in self-centered pursuits instead of Christ-honoring conduct in any area of our lives, we are worshipping ourselves or the idols of our minds instead of Christ.
There is nothing wrong with wealth or possessions unless they possess us. There is nothing wrong with the approval of others unless we worship this approval more than God’s and go against God’s clear commands in order to gain the approval of men.
It is great to increase our knowledge if we always remember that there is a big difference between wisdom and knowledge and we do not try to replace the wisdom of God with the knowledge of men.
Our call to salvation is a call to righteousness. It is a good thing to imitate Christ and glorify God by our good deeds as evidence of our faith.
When we believe that we are going to heaven because of our righteousness instead of Christ’s, and think that we are better than others we become guilty of the vanity of vanities.
Father, take away my self pride and let my pride be in You. Amen
“Arise, O judge of
the earth. Sentence the proud to the penalties they deserve.”
Psalm 94:2 NLT
“When you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on him, he will lift you up and give you honor.”
James 4:10 NLT
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