25 Jul 2009
Day Two: Meditate on the pursuit purpose statement and the scriptures ….. and respond to the challenge below.
Pursuit: Persistently and passionately pursue humility. Humility coupled with faith is a powerful secret for productivity. [God is on our side working for us] Humility predisposes us for faith and obedience. Without humility we are left with pride and with pride God works against us.
· Matthew 23:11-12 (NASB)
11 "But the greatest among you shall be your servant.
12 "Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.
· Luke 1:51-52 (NASB)
51 "He has done mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart.
52 "He has brought down rulers from their thrones, And has exalted those who were humble.
· James 4:9-10 (AMP)
9 [As you draw near to God] be deeply penitent and grieve, even weep [over your disloyalty]. Let your laughter be turned to grief and your mirth to dejection and heartfelt shame [for your sins].
10 Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives significant].
· Isaiah 2:11-12 (AMP)
11 The proud looks of man shall be brought low, and the haughtiness of men shall be humbled; and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.
12 For there shall be a day of the Lord of hosts against all who are proud and haughty and against all who are lifted up—and they shall be brought low—
· Micah 6:8 (NASB)
8 He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?
Our pride is like a chameleon: when we look in a mirror it blends in and looks just like us. Others are able to see our pride more clearly. Thus we often see pride in others and rarely see it in ourselves. The antidote for this “blindness” is to ask God to reveal to you your pride. We can not deal with, or root out pride from our lives until we are first able to identify it. You may be thinking ….. this is not my problem. To test the truth of this matter: ask the Lord every day for a month to reveal to you your pride. If you choose to do this consistently you can have confidence, based on the character and nature of God, that He will answer this prayer.
Father, shine the search light of your truth, knowledge and understanding on my life and reveal to me the pride in my life. Father provide all I need both to will and to do as I seek to stamp out pride from my life.
It has been said (1 ) “Satan inhabits pride and God inhabits humility.”
Pursue Humility with all your heart.
note: (1) From Praying Effectively for the Lost by Lee E. Thomas