He executes justice for the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, he lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves those who live justly. The LORD watches over the immigrant and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. -Psalm 146:7-9

Monday, June 9, 2008

Humility: Coming to God on His Terms

Proverbs 6:16–17 says, "There are six things which the Lord hates, seven which are an abomination to him . . . " and the first one mentioned is "haughty eyes."

Psalm 101:5 David speaks for God and says, "The man of haughty looks and arrogant heart I will not endure."

Proverbs 16:5, "Every one who is arrogant is an abomination to the Lord."

Isaiah 2:11, "The haughty looks of man shall be brought low, and the pride of men shall be humbled; and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day."

Jeremiah 50:31, "Behold, I am against you, O proud one, says the Lord God of hosts; for your day has come, the time when I will punish you."

Luke 16:15, "What is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God."

Acts 12:23 it says that an angel of the Lord struck Herod so that he was eaten with worms and died because when he received applause from the people, he did not give God the glory but took it for himself.

I have just been so convicted on the amount of pride that is in my heart... Its so sad how subtle/deceitful sin can be.. PRIDE is hidden behind every sin we could possibly think of.. I am just so thankful that the LORD has reminded me what I am to "put off" and" put on'.. Its always been my downfall to make it seem as if things are all about me when they are not.. How unloving and selfish I have been. I know there are many people that read this.. I just want you all to know I am not PERFECT.. Woe is me, for I am a woman of unclean lips. I pray that everything you ever read from me causes you to cling to the cross and not look at me.. please keep your eyes on him and off me. I don't ever want anyone to get the picture of me being a super saint.. whatever good that happens is only through this AMAZING GRACE I am still trying to figure out..

Here is a Pride Test by Nancy Leigh Demoss taken from her book Seeking Him-Experiencing the Joy Of Personal Revival
This is my ongoing reality check in this area.. I pray you are challenged for the sake of seeing Him more clearly


"Number one, do you look down on those who are less educated, less affluent, less refined or less successful than yourself?

Do you think of yourself as more spiritual than other believers you know?

Here's another one. Do you have a judgmental spirit toward those who don't make the same lifestyle choices that you do? Dress standards, how you school your kids, entertainment standards. If you wonder on some of these, you might want to go ask somebody who knows you really well, "Do I come across that way?"

Here's another one. Are you quick to find fault with others and to verbalize those faults to others? Do you have a sharp, critical tongue? We would call it discerning, analytical but fault-finding.

Jonathan Edwards, by the way, wrote a powerful convicting piece on evidences of spiritual pride and this is one of seven that he listed, fault-finding.

He said, "Spiritual pride causes us to speak of other people's sins while humility disposes us either to be silent about them or to speak about them with grief."

He said, "The spiritually proud person shows that in finding fault with other saints, "They're low in grace, how cold and dead they are, how quick to discern and to notice their deficiencies."

And we can do that and sound so pious, so spiritual. "People in my church, they're so cold; they're so dead." Is that a reflection of pride in our hearts?

He says, "Christian humility causes a person to take notice of everything that is good in others and make the best of it and to diminish their failings."

He said, "The truly humble Christian has so much to do at home and sees so much evil in his own heart that he's not apt to be very busy with other's hearts" - fault-finding.

Here's another one. Do you frequently correct or criticize your mate or your pastor or other people in positions of leadership to them or to others?

Here's another one. Do you give undue time, attention and effort to your physical appearance?

Are you proud of the schedule you keep, how disciplined you are, how much you're able to accomplish? You're a real producer, a real performer. Is that something that you're proud of?

Are you driven to receive approval, praise or acceptance from others?

Are you argumentative? You have to have the last word. Think about what it's been like in your home for the last day or two.

You know Proverbs tell us that only by pride comes contention. So where does contention -- "Yes," you say, "my husband, he's a proud man, that's why we have so much contention in our home."

No, it takes more than a proud husband to have contention in a home. It's a proud husband and more often than not, a proud wife, too. Are you argumentative?

Do you generally think that your way is the right way, the only way or the best way?

Do you have a touchy, sensitive spirit? Easily offended? Do you get your feelings hurt easily?

This is another one of the evidences of spiritual pride that Jonathan Edwards talked about, people who take offense easily. He said, "Spiritual pride takes great notice of opposition and injuries that are received and is prone to be often speaking of them.

"Humility, on the other hand, causes a person to be like his blessed Lord when reviled, quiet, not opening his mouth but committing himself in silence to Him who judges righteously."

How about this one? Are you guilty of pretense? Trying to leave a better impression of yourself than is honestly true? Here's a way to go about seeing if you have that one. Would the people who know you at church be shocked if they were to come and discover what you're like at home?

Another one, do you have a hard time admitting when you are wrong?

Do you have a hard time confessing your sin to God or others? not just in generalities.

We all say, "I need to be a better woman. I need to love the Lord more. I need to read my Bible more." But when it comes to the specific issues: I'm in love with food, I'm in love with television, I love entertainment more than I love God. I mean the specifics. Do you have a hard time confessing those?

Do you have hard time sharing your real spiritual needs and struggles with others?

Are you excessively shy? You say, "shy," that's pride? Excessive shyness, what is it? Self-centeredness, what do other people think about me? That can be an evidence, a subtle form of pride.

Do you have a hard time reaching out and being friendly to people that you don't know at church? Do you stick to your own little group there, hard to reach out to new people? That can be pride.

Do you become defensive when you are criticized or corrected? That anger that wells up, what is that? That's a fruit that grows on the root of pride. Why do we get angry when somebody criticizes us? We may not express it outwardly but inwardly because our pride gets hurt.

Are you a perfectionist? Here's another evidence of pride, perhaps. Everything has to be just perfect and you get impatient and irked with people who aren't. That can be an expression of pride.

Do you tend to be controlling of your mate, of your children, of your friends, people in your workplace? Always trying to control, manipulate, manage the people around you?

Now you probably don't do it consciously. That's why we need to ask the Spirit of God to plow up the ground of our hearts and show us what's really under the surface, and He will do that for us.

Do you frequently interrupt people while they're speaking? The Lord really spoke to me about this one as I was working on this list. I realized what I'm saying when I interrupt you when you're speaking is, "What I have to say is more important than what you have to say."

Does your husband feel intimidated by your spirituality, quote "spirituality"? How well you know the Bible? How easily you can pray? And he feels, I have to go to seminary to measure up to that woman.

It may not be your knowledge that he's reacting to but a spirit of pride, a superior sense that you're communicating, maybe without intending to or even realizing it. Again, you might want to ask him. Does your husband feel like he can never measure up to your expectations? Does he feel like, I just can never be the husband you want me to be?

Do you often complain about the weather, your health, your circumstances, your job, your church?

Do you talk about yourself too much? Are you more concerned about your problems, your needs, your burdens than about other people's concerns?

Do you worry about what others think of you, about your reputation or your family's reputation? By the way, that's one thing that motivates a lot of parenting, isn't it? With mothers [it can be], What are the people going to think if my child is this way? That can be pride.

Do you neglect to express gratitude for the little things, to God, to your mate, to others, an ungrateful spirit? That's pride.

Do you neglect prayer and intake of the Word? How is that pride? Well, I'm saying, "I can live my life without God. I can manage without Him?"

Do you react to rules? And who of us doesn't have a hard time being told what to do? Do we have an issue with authority? That's pride.

And you think, I'm not proud. I don't have anything to be proud of. I don't have any special gifts. I'm not beautiful. I don't have any achievements to be proud of.

You know what? If you're self-conscious about that, that can be a subtle form of pride.

For example, are you self-conscious because of your lack of formal education? You don't have a college degree and you get uncomfortable or intimidated when you're around people who are educated.

Do you avoid participating in certain events for fear of being embarrassed or looking foolish?

Do you avoid being around certain people because you feel inferior compared to them? You feel like you just don't measure up?

Are you uncomfortable inviting people to your home because you don't think it's nice enough? Or you can't afford lavish entertaining?

Is it hard for you to let others know when you need help, maybe practical help or spiritual help? You have an independent spirit. I'm going to do this on my own. I won't let anybody else help me.

And here's a way to measure your pride quotient. When was the last time you said these words, to a family member, to a friend, to a co-worker, "I was wrong, will you please forgive me"?

Let me tell you, "If it's been more than a month, mark it down. Haven't you sinned in a month?" And why is it so hard for us to say those words? Why? Because we're proud.

Let me just throw in this last question. Are you sitting here thinking how many of these questions apply to someone you know? Could that be an evidence of pride?" -- Nancy Leigh Demoss

Father, you alone are self existent. In your word I read all things are made by you, through you and for you. I cant do any of that. I totally have to depend on you for all that I have including the next eye blink. Please forgive me the pride that is in my heart. I constantly complain because I believe the lie that I deserve better. I get angry at times because I believe the lie that people owe me something, or I feel as if I have a right to get what I want. In Daniel 4:35, says...
' All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: "What have you done?' ... LORD this your kingdom not mine.. you will do all that you please. Please guard my way of thinking that give birth sinful pride.

"Pride is the first sin that ever entered into the universe, and it's the last that is rooted out. It is God's most stubborn enemy."-Jonathan Edwards