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 Issue #103 Thu, 9 Nov 2006

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PostSubject: Issue #103 Thu, 9 Nov 2006   March 12th 2007, 00:43

CLOTHED WITH HUMILITY

Dear Youth,

In Proverbs 6:16-19, Solomon lists six different things that the Lord hates. In some way or another these six things affect our relationship with God and also with our fellow men. So, one at a time, we're going to look at these six different things that the Lord calls an abomination to Him, and also look at some practical ways we can overcome these areas in our life.

"These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren." (Ibid.)

Today, we're going to look at pride. "Be clothed with humility," Peter says, "for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble." (1 Peter 5:5) Jesus Himself says in the beatitudes, "Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth." (Matthew 5:5)

We are told: "There is nothing so offensive to God or so dangerous to the human soul as pride and self-sufficiency." (Christ's Object Lessons, p. 154) "The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts." (Psalms 10:4) Pride can cause us to trust in self and become independent of God's ways. That is why David says that the proud do not seek after God and don't contemplate on His wonderful themes. In this sense, pride greatly affects our relationship with Christ.

The Bible tells us that "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall." (Proverbs 16:18 ) How many times has this proven to be so true in each of our lives. There are obvious cases of this where we might, perhaps, be trying to "show off" to others and then something inevitable and embarrassing might happen. But there are more aspects to this verse that may not be quite so apparent to a casual onlooker.

What about times when there is a disagreement between a sibling or parent. Often times it's the pride in our hearts that cause us to become defensive and to argue our point. When we get to the point of arguing with each other we've already fallen, and just as Solomon said, it all started with pride. Or what about those times when you know you should apologize to somebody, but you don't want to; after all, it was all their fault the argument started! Is that pride too? Absolutely!

When we allow pride and self to rise up in our relations with one another and eventually allow it to cause an argument, we not only endanger our own soul but we also place the other person in a very treacherous position. How can we do that? Well, how many times have you witnessed two people in disagreement or contention and one starts to blame the other, and the one being blamed says: "Oh, yes, I see your point. Of course you're right!" Sometimes that may happen, but not usually! So, when we allow that self and pride to come out in conversation we almost force the other person to also give way to their natural feelings. Of course, no one is ever FORCED to do anything, but we can certainly make it very difficult for others to gain victory in their own life. This is even more serious because we may not only lose our own salvation, but we may also be the means of another losing his salvation.

There are other areas where we may also display pride. What about pride in our dress and appearance? Now of course we should always look neat, tidy, and respectable, but sometimes pride can step in and we can go a little too far. Perhaps we feel that we need to buy the most expensive brands, or we need to "fit in" with the latest fashions. Maybe we find ourselves spending hours in front of the mirror each week! This kind of pride only wastes God's money and your time, which is really only borrowed from Him anyway. We may like to be the centre of attention and focus, or perhaps we feel others should know about all our achievements and accomplishments. All these different things are just other aspects of pride.

Pride may also manifest itself under the guise of humility. You might have heard people say something bad about themselves when really all they're wanting is for someone else to disagree with their remark. Have you ever heard anyone say something like: "Oh, my hair just looks terrible today!" or "I really didn't do a very good job of that." or something to that effect? I've heard people say these sorts of things, but not only that, I have also heard myself say these kinds of things! When we say things like that we are really expecting the other person to say: "Oh no, your hair looks just fine, I wish I could do mine like that!" This kind of pride is so subtle to both sides, because it APPEARS that the other person is being very modest and humble, when really it's all pride.

So how can we overcome these areas of pride in our lives? "The strength acquired in prayer to God will prepare us for our daily duties. The temptations to which we are daily exposed make prayer a necessity. In order that we may be kept by the power of God through faith, the desires of the mind should be continually ascending in silent prayer. When we are surrounded by influences calculated to lead us away from God, our petitions for help and strength must be unwearied. Unless this is so, we shall never be successful in breaking down pride and overcoming the power of temptation to sinful indulgences which keep us from the Saviour." (Messages to Young People, p. 248)

Young people, there is nothing like prayer! It is through silent prayer that we surrender all our thoughts and feelings to the Lord and then by His power we can overcome every thought and action that is powered by pride. On our own we will never be able to overcome our self and pride, but with Christ, EVERYTHING is made possible! Do you want to be freed from the chains of pride and self that keep us captive to Satan? If that is your desire, surrender your life to Christ today and never cease to watch and pray!

--Stephanie Fox

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PLEASE NOTE: All Bible verses are taken from the King James Version, unless stated otherwise.
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