James 4, New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
4 Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? 6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” 7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 11 Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
1 John 2:15
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1 Peter 1:1-3
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, Grace to you and peace be multiplied. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
My Comments: Since the beginning of mankind's time on earth we have continued to fall into pride. Eve wanted to eat of the fruit and followed the evil ones’ stroking of her pride to be like God and know good from evil. Cain wanted the accolades from God but did not want to subject his heart to God. Cain murdered his Brother because his pride was hurt. Lots herdsman wanted the best for their Master’s herds because this brought them prestige when
the fattest herds and was rich. On and on throughout time we can see from Satan’s
fall to ourselves how pride plays into our lives.
I remember wanting my children to behave so I would look like a good Mother. Society fosters that notion as is each child did not have their own sin natures. It was a long time before I knew my job was to do the best for them and they were responsible for what they did with the tools I gave them. A very humbling thing for a Mother to learn.
My children had two loving parents who were not rich in the worldly sense and they wanted everything their friends had. Some friends were given huge allowances and freedom my children were not given. Pride reared it’s ugly head in some of them who thought they could take from others because their prideful hearts felt they should have worldly things like their friends. The consequences were often painful as the consequences of all acts of pride are.
When I was little I stole because I thought it was my due. My Grandparents were well known in the town I came from. My Great Grand-Father was a Priest and many store owners used to let me have things for free because of my heritage. When about six or seven I remember not asking but just taking candy from a store. I knew inside it was wrong and did not tell anyone yet because of pride I felt I could do it. When we think we are due something no matter what the reason we are wrong. We are here to bring glory to God not ourselves or others. Our actions or even inaction's reflect on His name because we are His.
When we lust after other people, material things, acclaim, even knowledge that does not glorify God we are sinning against a Holy God. We are doing or acquiring for ourselves and not for His glory. It is not that He does not want us to have things or even knowledge yet they should never be more important to us then to Him.
Abba Father, thank You for showing me the way to follow You without putting myself first. Keep me as the apple of Your eye and with Your Spirit grow me in the knowledge that is pleasing to You and glorifies You.
Jesus my Savior, friend, thank You for showing me the way to live my life for Abba Father. Thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to guide and teach me. May I live my life to glorify Your Holy name.
I pray all will have the scales fall from their eyes and may our words, heart and minds be pleasing to You oh, Lord,
In Jesus name I pray in union with the Holy Spirit. Amen