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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Promises to help with our pride.

I think we all have some pride of some kind and this really should not be and I will tell you why from the Bible.  Isaiah 64:6  "We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."  Jesus says in Isaiah 1:18  "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."

When we are in this condition, do you think there is any room for pride in our lives.  According to the second verse above, we can be cleansed of our pride and any other sin in our life.  So let's look at some of those promises about pride.

Proverbs 16:18,19  "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.  Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, then to divide the spoil with the proud."

Proverbs 26:12  "Do you see a man  wise in his own eyes?  There is more hope for a fool than for him."

Proverbs 21:4  "A haughty look, a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked are sin."

James 4: 6,7,10  " 'God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.'  'Submit yourselves then to God.  Resist the devil, an he will flee from you, draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you.  Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will lift you up."

Micah 6:8  "He hath showed thee O man what is good and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with thy God."  Do you see any pride in God's requirements in this verse.  I don't think so.

It's better to be of a  humble spirit, it's one of God's requirements.  According to these verses the proud heart is a sinful heart.  Let God do our lifting up if He so sees that we can handle it.  We must walk humbly with our God and do justly and to love mercy.  I love this verse don't you?  Remember that God says, "Come now and let us reason together; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow."  I want my sins, including any pride in my heart washed away and made as white as snow.  Don't you?  This has been a very helpful study this morning.  The word of God strengthens me so much and I know it will if you will just contemplate the verses and how they apply to your life.  We may feel terrible when we see ourselves as we really are but remember we can be as white as snow when we confess and repent.  God loves us so much and He is in the process of saving us.  Grandma Joan

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