Tuesday, March 11, 2014
destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour
familiar Proverbs 16:18 tells us that pride goeth
before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a
fall. America has a pride problem. So many lives are a pile of ruins today
because of the selfish actions of pride.
Many more are on the brink of falling because of pride. Fleshly pride is a poison to the child of
God. This pride mentioned is Pro.16 is
not the pride of respect or appreciation.
It is carnal self- righteousness.
Along with this type attitude comes a haughtiness. A haughty attitude is an action that is the
result of a man that thinks he is self-sufficient. This man thinks he needs no help. He is his own god. He refuses the assistance of any other
brother or sister in Christ. And many
times this man will continually be attempting to prove his greatness to those
around him. Well, in reality this man is
weak and helpless. He is unpure and sinful.
He is scared and feels threatened by life itself. And he is soon to crash. He is soon to self-destruct. Notice our verse reminds us that all these little
selfish acts are tell-tell signs of a great fall. A saved man that refuses wise council will
soon find himself on the judgment seat of God.
About the time we think we have it all, know it all and that we are
all…God will lower the gavel of judgment upon our life. A haughty man can spend a decade building up himself in self pride and in 15
seconds the Almighty Creator can bring him to a pile of rubble and
helplessness. God help us! Lord save us from
ourselves! Flesh is a pride bomb looking
for a fuse. A haughty spirit is the
fuse. And God has the match! Beware my friend of your flesh. Trust God and lean not unto your own
understanding. Pride and haughtiness is
a poison of the soul. Notice the last
part of our verse; and before honour is humility.
God grant us humility. Amen.
Monday, March 10, 2014
29:1 He, that
being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall
suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
is a book of small exerts of wisdom. It
is amazing how powerful one little verse can be. Our verse for today has a word of wisdom that
we must not ignore. Many have fallen to
this sin. There is one thing we can be
sure that sin will do and that is to cause our life to fall in
destruction. If it weren’t for God’s
amazing grace we would be forever be lost in sin! Notice our verse; He, that being often reproved hardeneth his
neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. Our word “reproved” means (to be
corrected). No one really likes to be
corrected, but it is a necessity of life.
As humans, we make mistakes. Some
of us make more than others. No one is
perfect in flesh, so mistakes are gonna happen.
Before we go any further we must make a determining factor about
mistakes. A mistake is a wrong that was
committed out of total unawares. A
mistake is not a wrong that was committed out of deliberate pride! There is a difference. We will cover pride on a different day, but
today let’s look at a mistake. It is
fleshly sinful nature to try and cover up a mess up. Humans hate to admit that they are
wrong. It starts as a child. A child does not have to be taught to
lie. It comes natural. Yes, we are born sinners. This is why it is so vital to firmly teach
children not to lie. As adults we must
not allow pride to encourage us to lie our way out of
a mistake. Lying does not fix the
situation. The mistake is still
there. Our verse warns us of being stiff
necked. This means that we swell up with
self pride every time we are corrected. A hardened neck is dangerous! We must determine in our heart to accept
correction. If we are wrong then we must
admit we are wrong. When we are made
aware then we must be willing to correct the mistake and admit that we made
it. Notice that the repercussions to
denial and a stiff-necked attitude is destruction. Many lives today lie in a pile of smoking
pride due to denial. My dear friend be willing to admit your wrongs. God has provided grace for the humble. James
4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud,
but giveth grace unto the humble. 1Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit
yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be
clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud,
and giveth grace to the humble. Amen