Thursday, May 10, 2007

pride

my roommate shared this with me last night from beth moore's "living free"

My name is Pride. I am a cheater.
I cheat you of your God-given destiny...because
you demand your own way.
I cheat you of contentment...because you
"deserve better than this."
I cheat you of knowledge...because you already
know it all.
I cheat you of healing...because you're
too full of me to forgive.
I cheat you of holiness...because you refuse to
admit when you're wrong.
I cheat you of vision...because you'd rather look
in the mirror than out a window.
I cheat you of a genuine friendship...because
nobody's going to know the real you.
I cheat you of love...because real romance
demands sacrifice.
I cheat you of greatness in heaven...because you
refuse to wash another's feet on earth.
I cheat you of God's glory...because I convince
you to seek your own.
My name is Pride. I am a cheater.
You like me because you think I'm always looking out for you.
Untrue. I'm looking to make a fool of you.
God has so much for you, I admit, but don't worry...
If you stick with me
You'll never know.

i've never thought of myself a very prideful person...when in reality, pride is at the root of EVERY sin! i think i can plan better for my life, so i get impatient and move ahead. i think i deserve more, so i jump head-first into a self-absorbed way of thinking and living....i could go on forever. definitely something to consider as you reflect on your own life.

It's not by accident that in 1 Peter 5, he speaks of pride and humility right alongside his warnings about the devil who is seeking to devour us. Pride is a very dangerous thing. We are challenged to submit ourselves to spiritual leadership which does not come naturally. Pride is incapable of submitting and will rob us of the grace God sets out to give to those who are humble.

"God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." 1 Peter 5:5