August 31 Read Philippians 2:1-18, Psalm 147
“I will remove all the proud and arrogant people from among you. There will be no pride on my holy mountain. Those who are left will be the lowly and the humble, for it is they who trust in the name of the LORD.” Zephaniah 3:11b, 12 NLT
Among the worst character defects anyone can have, an unbridled tongue is probably exceeded only by an unbridled ego. When we remain self-centered instead of Christ-centered, we are going to have problems in every area of our lives. As Rick Warren so aptly starts in his book, “Purpose Driven Life,” “It’s not about You!”
We see spoiled children who think that the world revolves around them and that everyone should be subservient to their whims and desires. Although adults are more subtle, the same mind-set prevails in the hearts of many people.
Whether we call it pride or ego, it keeps many from receiving the wonderful gift of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ because they cannot humble themselves enough to submit to His Lordship.
As bad and as prevalent as sexual immorality is in today’s world, pride and arrogance are probably five times as prevalent, and top God’s hate list.
Scripture affirms time and time again that: “True humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life.” (Proverbs 22:4)
When we persist in pride, arrogance, or pretentiousness we can be sure that God will do whatever it takes to humble us, so that we can be conformed to the image of Christ.
How much better to dump our self- centered pride at the cross, and develop humility as we submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Father, let all of my glorying be in the joy of my salvation and glorifying the One who gave it to me. In Jesus’ name, Amen
“The LORD lifts
up the humble;
He casts the wicked down to the ground.”
Psalm 147:6 NLT
“Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself.”
Philippians 2:3 NL
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