What could be resolved with Godly advice, if left up to our own ways, can quite possibly turn into nightmares when we allow our pride to hinder us from receiving what we need to successfully move forward.MY FAITH EXPRESSIONS
How do you typically respond when someone offers you words of wisdom and Godly advice for the situations that you deal with on a daily basis? Are you full of pride? Do you reject this advice? Are you not receptive to help? Does conflict or disagreement arise while you are, perhaps, fighting to be right?
Proverbs 13:10 (NIV) says,
Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.
How often and sad it is when people, when I, try to do everything on my own without proper resources to handle the situation. The main resource: WISDOM. This often makes situations worse, and the time spent cleaning up the mess, just to get back to square one, is so exhausting and unnecessary.
As we walk this walk, it is important to remember that pride is destructive. What can be resolved with Godly advice, if left up to our own ways, can quite possibly turn into nightmares when we allow our pride to hinder us from receiving what we need to successfully move forward.
Proverbs 16:18 (NLT) says,
Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.
Haughtiness is the appearance or quality of being arrogantly superior and disdainful (showing a lack of respect). Sometimes this is a lack of respect for our own selves, or lack of respect for authority, or lack of respect for someone that God has placed along our path to help lead and guide us to truth, God’s truth, and all that He has for us. We are just determined to get there on our own without seeking wisdom; therefore, we are falling into Satan’s trap of being prideful. Nothing good ever comes from being in this state.
Proverbs 13:1-4 (NLT) says,
1 A wise child accepts a parent’s discipline;
a mocker refuses to listen to correction.
2 Wise words will win you a good meal,
but treacherous people have an appetite for violence.
3 Those who control their tongue will have a long life;
opening your mouth can ruin everything.
4 Lazy people want much but get little,
but those who work hard will prosper.
Do you see the contrast here?
The one who heeds instruction, he is the wise one. The one who does not listen to rebuke is a mocker.
Pride = Bad. Wisdom = Good.
Pride = Destruction. Wisdom = Long Life.
It can be so disheartening to want more, better for someone, and although you may not have all of the answers, you try to point them to the One who does, Jesus. Yet, they continue to walk in self-righteousness and ignore truth. Perhaps you are the one who is resisting and carrying a prideful spirit. Perhaps, at times, I am that one. We have the opportunity to ask for wisdom and to receive it straight from heaven.
James 1:5 (NLT) says,
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
When we become prideful or walk in the ways of the proud, conflict is present. It’s generally conflict between our will and God’s. We are so determined to do things our own way, to prove some type of point, that we often make a mess of things.
Proverbs 11:2 (NLT) says,
Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
Pride leads to shame. Sometimes that shame is revealed just to those closest to us. Other times, it’s revealed on a larger scale for many to see the destruction that is present in our lives.
Proverbs 16:5 (NLT) says,
The Lord detests the proud; they will surely be punished.
Pride is punishable by God. All this can be avoided if we would simply humble ourselves, realize that we are not able to do it all on our own, and recognize that sometimes we need help and advice to get us from point A to point B. There is no shame in accepting help.
Pride says that we don’t need anyone, including God. It’s walking around with this, “I’ve got this!” attitude, when all we have is a mess. Pride deceives us into thinking that all is well and right, when, if we stepped back and asked God to show us truth, He would reveal our shortcomings and places that need healing and deliverance.
We must ask God to change our hearts, to remove every ounce of proud spirit, so that we are spiritually available to receive from Him what He wants to give. He has so much to offer to us, but we have to want it.
Perhaps the missing piece to our OVERWHELMING VICTORY is that of pride being lifted from our hearts and being replaced with the wisdom of the Lord. Drop pride and pickup wisdom. It makes the difference.
Let us follow the instruction in God’s Word and ask God for the wisdom that we need.
“You Are More
Don’t Look Back
Finish the Process”
Romans 10:17 (NLT)
So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.
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