21 Days of Prayer: Day 20
“A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.”
- S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
What is pride?
Many would define pride as the “sin of sins” or the root of all sin, or the rejection of the wisdom of God because you think you might know better.
In James 4:6, James writes, God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble. You should not be prideful because this sin will kill you forever. This sin will keep you from having an intimate relationship with Christ, and sin hurts God.
James continues in verses 7-10:
7So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. 9Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. 10Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.
These verses are instructing us to live a life where we have a relationship with God and resistance to Satan. God is not the only force that is trying to work in our lives. We must not compromise with the enemy of our souls; we must resist him and submit to God. It is human nature to drift away from our faith and blame God for the bad things that happen to us. God is always trying to teach us something, and if we put our faith and trust in him, he will draw near to us. When we resist Satan, he will pull away from us. We should also repent and confess our sins. We cannot live both a Christ-like life and a worldly life. We need to be broken-hearted for the distance that our sin has caused between God and us. Just imagine if you go to heaven and God asks why you should be admitted. The prideful person would say that I did this and I did that; I did, I did, I did. That is not being humble. That is saying that we did all the good things we could do to earn our own way to heaven. We do good works because we are children of God, but our salvation is based on grace and grace alone. He needs us to get down so that he can lift us up. The ultimate show of humility is that we believe in the one whom God sent.
1But those who exalt themselves will be humbled; and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
What struggles in your spirit or circumstances in your life you can attribute to the Evil one?
We’ve all heard the word “hypocrite,” when discussing Christians. Does your life reflect the life of humble Jesus, or does it look more prideful? What step can you take toward humility?
It is important to show the next generation that God is the controller of our lives. We can make plans, but ultimately God is in control of every circumstance. They are the future of the church and should be shown the importance of humility. At the 2017 Global Leadership Summit, Bill Hybels stated that leaders must set the example without demonizing. I am in a previous generation, and it is my responsibility to show the next generation how to win, and winning is entering the kingdom of God.
Dear Great and Glorious God, thank you for the gift of salvation. Help us to release all our anxiety and go to Christ for rest. Give us wisdom that you are the way to eternal life if we accept Christ as the Savior that died for our sins. Help us to fight pride in every way we can and to know that we are not in control. We realize we need to confess our sins and feel remorse for them because they separate God from us. Please forgive us of these sins. It’s in your precious name we pray, Amen.
This post was written by Jenn Macke, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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