Saturday, February 14, 2015

James 4, Pride is a downfall.

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.
Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? 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. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. 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. 12 There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?  13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will[g] go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

1 John 2:15, (NKJV)

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.

John 9:41, (NKJV)

41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.

Proverbs 3:34, (NKJV)

34 Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace to the humble.

Ephesians 4:20-27New King James Version (NKJV)

20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. 25 Therefore, putting away lying, Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. 26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil.

Ephesians 6:11, (NKJV)

11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

1 Peter 1:1-3, (NKJV)

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied. 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,

Job 7:7, (NKJV)

Oh, remember that my life is a breath! My eye will never again see good.

Acts 18:21, (NKJV)

21 but took leave of them, saying, “I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem; but I will return again to you, God willing.” And he sailed from Ephesus.
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 Lot had 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


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