To Be PROUD or Not to Be?
“We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 NLT
In a devotion on renewing my mind, I came across this verse that calls out PRIDE as an obstacle to knowing God.
Wow. That made me think. What is a proud obstacle?
"For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world."
1 John 2:16
Pride creates critical judgment of others and blind spots in myself.
Renewing my mind requires a release of the pride that says I’m better than others. (Yes, even those people.)
Regardless of my accomplishments or possessions, I must acknowledge that I am no better than any other sinful person.
Releasing pride in myself allows me to admit my sin, repent, and be forgiven.
Sadly, pride is even an obstacle to salvation when I refuse to repent of my sins.
Once I renounce pride and repent, my mind is renewed with the majesty of God.
My humility rightly glorifies GOD rather than me.
"Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom."
Relinquishing pride in myself gives GOD credit for the good in me.
God deserves all the credit for all I am and all I've done.
After all, He did create me. He gave me my mind and body, my skills and abilities.
I am nothing and can do nothing without Him.
"And when I come to you again, you will have even more reason to take pride in Christ Jesus
because of what he is doing through me."
Ironically, I didn't plan it, but this is posted on my father's birthday, April 29. Pride kept him from knowing God until the end of his life, but today he celebrates his 86th birthday in heaven. Happy Birthday, Dad!
May our lives be graced with humility as we glorify God alone.
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