Thursday, August 4, 2011

Pride Goeth…

“In the midst of a world of light and love, Lucifer could find nothing to think of more interesting than his own prestige.” – C. S. Lewis

Isaiah 14:13-14  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Satan decided, right from the “git go”, that he was better than everyone and everything else.  Including God.  He must have gotten his pride from one of the fast food chains because his ego was definitely “super sized”.  Isaiah 14:14 says, “I will be like the most High.”  But it’s obvious from all the other verses about Satan that he’d never settle for second best or even equality with God.  He needed to even be above God.  The verses surrounding the passage quoted above make it clear that Satan’s thinking didn’t work out too well for him.  And ever since his decision, he’s been trying to get us to join him in thinking that way.

Tim Keller made an interesting statement on Twitter, today.  He said, “Resentment is not caused by the prosperity of others, but by our own effort to control life through our own performance.”  That thought gives us an interesting view of pride.  Being seen as better than others.  Sometimes that’s of the “I have more, I do more, I have more influence” kind.  But that also has a variant: the “I'm not as good as you, I don’t have as much as you, I have no influence” scenario.  False humility is just the opposite side of the same coin.  Misplaced humility does two things.  It allows us to push off things onto others that we don’t want to deal with.  And it allows us to blame God for all the things we don’t want to take responsibility for.

God uses Deuteronomy 8:11 to tell us this, “Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:”  It doesn’t matter whether we say we’re too good or not good enough to submit to the call and will of God.  Either one is wrong in God’s eyes.  So, how do we fix that?

  1. Recognize there’s a problem.
  2. Want to deal with the issue.
  3. Go to God for help in resolving the problem
  4. Let Him fix it.
Some would suggest that we need to be active participants in the process.  That’s true.  It’s our thinking that must recognize the problem, our desire to change allowing God to work, and 99% of the time He’ll use us as part of the repair tools.  Just so we recognize both the beginning and the results of the process.  And recognize who really did the fixing.  We’ll know that happened when, like Paul in 1Corinthians 15:10, we can say, “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”

How do you deal with wrong thinking?

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We haven’t included the prayer requests in the last few posts.  They’re still important.  We’re sorting out some possible changes to make this place better.  But we do need to add one today.  Some friends of mine, Hassan and Tiffany, had their house burn down several days ago.  The entire family is OK.  But, of course, the house is unlivable and they lost a lot in the fire.  So, please keep them in prayer for restoration of a home (either  a repair or replacement).  And that all the things lost in the fire get replaced, hopefully with even better.

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