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Are Your Children Meeting Your Expectations? –Luke 1:80

Today’s Scripture Reading: Luke 1:39-80; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-40

As I read today’s scripture I had a thought I’ve never had before.

I wonder if  Zechariah and Elizabeth were disappointed in the way their son turned out?

John grew up and became strong in spirit. And he lived in the wilderness until he began his public ministry to Israel.  –Luke 1:80

That’s certainly not every parent’s dream.  Come to think of it, even when John the Baptist came out of the wilderness and began his ministry he was still weird by the standards of the day.

I wonder if Zechariah and Elizabeth wondered if God’s prophesy would ever come true?

Zechariah and Elizabeth were old, way beyond childbearing years.  Only couples who’ve always wanted a child and never been able to conceive can fully understand the pain and shame (it was a disgrace not to have children in those days) they must have endured.

God heard their prayers and Elizabeth got pregnant.

And right after John was born Zechariah proclaimed this prophesy about his young son:

And you, my little son, will be called the prophet of the Most High, because you will prepare the way for the Lord. You will tell his people how to find salvation through forgiveness of their sins. Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.  —Luke 1:76-79

God fulfilled that prophesy through John the Baptist’s life; it just wasn’t in a way that the religious world of the time, or Zechariah and Elizabeth, for that matter were expecting!

I’m sure Zechariah and Elizabeth suffered many sleepless nights.  As we continue to read through the gospels we will see their son ultimately lose his life because of the bold way he proclaimed the salvation message (Mark 6:17).

It’s so easy to plan our children’s future, but our plans aren’t always His plans.  We need to be careful that we don’t work against God’s plan for our children.  The most important thing we can do for our kids whether they’re two or twenty-two is to love who they are not what they do.

In Matthew 11:11, Jesus told us what He thought of the way John the Baptist “turned out.”

I tell you the truth, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist. Yet even the least person in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he is!

Heavenly Father, help us to be the kind of parents that will help our children to thrive as they grow into Your plans for them.  Forgive us for wanting our will above Yours.  Holy Spirit, give us discernment to know how to guide, encourage, and mentor our children. We give our children to You, Lord!  We know You love them more than we do!  We trust you with our children.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Matthew 2:1-23; Luke 2:41-52; Mark 1:1b-8; Matthew 3:1-12; Luke 3:1-18; Mark 1:9-11; Matthew 3:13-17; Luke 3:21-22

Why Do You Want to Be a Leader?—Nehemiah 5:15

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Nehemiah 12:27 – 13:6; Nehemiah 5:14-19; Nehemiah 13:7-21; Malachi 1:1 – 2:9

D.L. Moody said, “A holy life will produce the deepest impression. Lighthouses blow no horns; they only shine.” In our day of public scandals in almost every area of life, especially the political, how refreshing it is to meet a man like Nehemiah who put serving the people ahead of getting gain for himself.  (Wiersbe, Be Determined)

Nehemiah led the way most great leadership books suggest, but few leaders actually lead—by example.

  • His motive was pure–to honor and please God
  • He had compassion for those under his leadership
  • He was willing to sacrifice personal gain for the spiritual good of others
    • Did not use official expense account for household expenses
    • Was careful not to exploit people in any way
  • He participated in the building of the wall, didn’t just tell others what to do
  • He shared what he had with others

John Maxwell says a leader leads by example whether he intends to or not.

Are you leading by example…

  • In the home
  • In the church
  • In the workplace

Do you desire to be promoted to a place of “official” leadership in the workplace or your church?

Why do you want to be a leader?

  • To be in the spotlight
  • To be in charge
  • To tell people what to do
  • To make more money
  • To be in the “inner circle”

The reasons we want to be a leader will determine the way we lead.  Before accepting any position of leadership we should spend some time determining the “real” reason we want to lead.

Nehemiah wasn’t looking to be a leader; he just saw a need (the wall of Jerusalem needed rebuilding) and was moved with compassion to meet the need. (Nehemiah 1-2)

As you read this there are two responses you can have:

  • _________________ needs to hear this.  He/she is leading for the wrong reason.
  • I need to hear this.

Leaders must first grow in an area before we can help others grow.  That’s what makes leading by example so tough; there are many hard places we have to walk, so we can lead others through them.

Today’s our last day in the book of Nehemiah, let’s takes some time to reflect on our method of leading…

How does our leadership style compare with Nehemiah’s example?

What can we do today to become a leader that points others to Christ?

 

Heavenly Father, help us  make a conscious choice to live a life that leads others straight to You.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Malachi 2:10 through Malachi 4:6; Joel 1:1 through Joel 3:21

Are Most of Your Lessons Learned the Hard Way?—Daniel 4:25-27

Today’s Scripture Reading:  1 Chronicles 8:29 through 1 Chronicles 9:1a; Daniel 4:1-37; Ezekiel 40:1-37

You will be driven from human society, and you will live in the fields with the wild animals. You will eat grass like a cow, and you will be drenched with the dew of heaven. Seven periods of time will pass while you live this way, until you learn that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world and gives them to anyone he chooses.  But the stump and roots of the tree were left in the ground. This means that you will receive your kingdom back again when you have learned that heaven rules. —Daniel 4:25-26

When you have learned…

Are you one of those folks who can learn from wisdom of other people or are you like king Neb and have to learn most things from the school of experience?

King Nebuchadnezzar was the most powerful and longest reigning king of the Neo-Babylonian (625-539 b.c.) period.   He brought the city of Babylon and the southern Mesopotamian state of Babylonia to the pinnacle of their power and prosperity. Accounts indicate that Nebuchadnezzar was an able but cruel ruler (2 Kings 25:7) who stopped at nothing to subdue people who stood in his path of conquest. (Harper’s Bible Dictionary)

How did he go from that level of prominence to living in the fields with the wild animals; eating grass like a cow?

One word—PRIDE

Friends, pride scares me.

I believe many of the things in life I’ve personally suffered through have been because of this sin that can be traced all the way back to Adam.  When you think about it, pride is disobedience to the first commandment (Deuteronomy 6:5, Matthew 22:37).

You can’t love the Lord your God with all your heart soul and mind and want it your way!  I

It’s like oil and water, pride and turning your life over to Christ  just don’t mix!

The sooner we learn that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world and gives them to anyone he chooses, the sooner we can get out of the fields with the wild animals and be used for God’s Glory and His Kingdom!

Heavenly Father, shine your search light in my heart and show me any areas where prideful thoughts and attitudes are hidden.  Forgive me Lord.

Teach me Your ways.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen.

 

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 40:38 through Ezekiel 43:27

Sometimes We’re Not Supposed to Win—Ezekiel 17:14

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Ezekiel 17:1 through Ezekiel 19:14

Our Heavenly Father is the most amazing communicator.  In Ezekiel 17, He explains His anger through a riddle (Ezekiel 17:1-10) with three major players:

  • A first eagle, (Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon) large and powerful, took the top of a cedar tree and carried it to a faraway land.
  • A second eagle (Pharoah, the King of Egypt) then appeared, and the top of the cedar tree turned and grew toward a vine.
  • The top of the cedar tree (Zedekiah, King of Israel) was planted and its vines grew toward the first eagle, until the second eagle came, then its vines grew toward the second eagle.

God had placed Zedekiah on the throne through Jeremiah (Jer. 27) and told him not to break his covenant with Nebuchadnezzar.  This covenant was God’s plan for protection for Zedekiah and his people. But Zedekiah ignored that sound advice and broke the covenant by allying with Egypt (the second eagle) against Babylon.

This parable illustrates the point that the political arena is not outside the law of God. Zedekiah had sworn a treaty with Nebuchadnezzar in the name of God. Nebuchadnezzar may have been a cruel pagan king, but Zedekiah still had a moral obligation to honor his oath.  God considered Zedekiah’s breaking of the treaty treason against Himself (17:20) (The New Bible Commentary)

The details of today’s reading should give us comfort, confidence and assurance in God’s oversight and ultimate control in the unrest of our world.  God’s explanation of the riddle is a perfect example of how things that don’t look good to us are in perfect alignment with His will and His plan.

Then this message came to me from the Lord:  “Say to these rebels of Israel: Don’t you understand the meaning of this riddle of the eagles? The king of Babylon came to Jerusalem, took away her king and princes, and brought them to Babylon.  He made a treaty with a member of the royal family and forced him to take an oath of loyalty. He also exiled Israel’s most influential leaders, so Israel would not become strong again and revolt. Only by keeping her treaty with Babylon could Israel survive. Ezekiel 17:11-14 (emphasis mine)

During this season Israel’s weakness was their key to survival.

God has the influential leaders taken captive to Babylon so that they would not rise up against Babylon.

I wonder how many times I have worked against God’s plan and chose to quit or change course because I wasn’t as successful as I thought I should be.

I cannot imagine the Lord saying to me, “Dianne, I had this all worked out, nevertheless i.e. but, you worked against my plan to protect you. Since  you weren’t a woman of your word and didn’t stay where I called you to be, you will die!”

Heavenly Father, help us to seek Your will every day.  Help us to realize that your ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8).  Lord, direct our steps.  Help us to work with You, not against You.  Help us to be people of our word.

In Jesus Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 20:1 through Ezekiel 22:16

In My Proud Days—Ezekiel 16:56

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Ezekiel 14:1 through Ezekiel 16:63

“No man will ever treat me like that!”

“My wife will never act that way!”

“I will never do that awful thing!”

“My children will never act like that!”

“I will never take a job like that!”

“I will never gain that much weight!”

“I will never drive that kind of car!”

“I will never live in a house like that!”

“I will never be like “those” people!”

Have you ever made any of these statements?

In my proud days I would dream about and plan every detail of my perfect life.  It was like I was constantly doing research—“I like that, I don’t like that.  I want that, oh no… I don’t want that.  I’m certainly not going to be like that!”

Somehow I thought “I” could actually control all aspects of my life.

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that life has definitely shown me just how insignificant my prideful plans are in the big scheme of things.  What I said I would never do, get, or have— I’ve done, got, and had…in spades!

Being chosen by God to be His chosen people, could definitely give a nation a big head.  I wonder if all of Abraham’s clan watched from a distance as God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah and thought, “We’ll never be like “those” people!

In Ezekiel 16, the Lord is handing out the “worst of the worst” prizes and Israel beats both its sisters Sodom and Samaria, in the most and worst sins ever recorded:

Your older sister was Samaria, who lived with her daughters in the north. Your younger sister was Sodom, who lived with her daughters in the south.  But you have not merely sinned as they did. You quickly surpassed them in corruption. –Ezekiel 16:46-47

It seems that Israel thought they were immune to God’s judgment because they were His chosen people.  Isn’t it funny, we all want to be immune from God’s judgment but we pridefully judge others all the time?

Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall. –Proverbs 16:18

The funny thing about the sin of pride, when God exposes it, there’s usually a very big splash:

In your proud days you held Sodom in contempt.  But now your greater wickedness has been exposed to all the world, and you are the one who is scorned—by Edom and all her neighbors and by Philistia.  This is your punishment for all your lewdness and detestable sins, says the Lord.  –Ezekiel 16:56-58

When our pride is exposed we have a choice—repent, change, and stop the sinful behavior or…

Go back to “Pride is not pleasing to God” school, one more time

until

we

exchange

“I’ll never do that”

for

“but the grace of God go I.”

Heavenly Father, help us to really understanding the destructive power of pride.  Holy Spirit, reveal the areas in our lives that are the most vulnerable to the sin of pride.  Forgive us, help us to learn from our mistakes, and pray for and give grace to others who are fellow students in “pride is not pleasing to God” school.

In  Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Ezekiel 17:1 through Ezekiel 19:14

Who But a Fool Would Make His Own God? -Isaiah 44:10

Today’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 44:6-48:11

The blacksmith stands at his forge to make a sharp tool, pounding and shaping it with all his might. His work makes him hungry and weak. It makes him thirsty and faint.

Then the wood-carver measures a block of wood and draws a pattern on it. He works with chisel and plane and carves it into a human figure. He gives it human beauty and puts it in a little shrine. He cuts down cedars; he selects the cypress and the oak; he plants the pine in the forest to be nourished by the rain.

Then he uses part of the wood to make a fire. With it he warms himself and bakes his bread. Then—yes, it’s true—he takes the rest of it and makes himself a god to worship! He makes an idol and bows down in front of it!

He burns part of the tree to roast his meat and to keep himself warm. He says, “Ah, that fire feels good.” Then he takes what’s left and makes his god: a carved idol!

He falls down in front of it, worshiping and praying to it. Rescue me!” he says. “You are my god!”   –Isaiah 44:12-17

 Sounds crazy huh?

But don’t we do the same thing?

We look to an education, job, career, house, or the government to rescue us from all our problems and make us feel good about ourselves.

Or

We believe a certain person can help us to live happily ever after.

Isaiah said it perfectly:

The poor, deluded fool feeds on ashes. He trusts something that can’t help him at all. Yet he cannot bring himself to ask,“Is this idol that I’m holding in my hand a lie?” –Isaiah 44:20

An idol is anything that replaces the one, true God.

 

What things or people are replacing the one, true God in your life?

 

Heavenly Father, You are the one, true God.  I don’t want anything to replace You.  Holy Spirit, please open my eyes to see any “idols” that I have built in my life.  Change me for Your Glory!

 

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 48:12-52:12

A Comparison Game We’ll Never Win–Isaiah 40

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Isaiah 40:1 through Isaiah 44:5

Do you ever compare…

  • Yourself to others?
  • Your bank account to others’ bank accounts?
  • Your house to others’ houses?
  • Your spouse to others’ spouses?
  • Your children to others’ children?
  • Your animals to others’ animals?
  • Your body, hair, or wrinkles to others?
  • Your troubles to others’ troubles?

Let’s face it–WE COMPARE EVERYTHING!

Produce, smartphones, computers, schools, etc. Today’s world promotes it.

After all, isn’t that how we get the best value?

What happens when you win the comparison game?

What happens when you lose the comparison game?

In Isaiah 40, our Heavenly Father, through the prophet Isaiah asks a few questions about comparison:

  • To whom can you compare God? (v.18)
  • What image can you find to resemble him (God)? (v.18)
  • Can he (God) be compared to an idol formed in a mold, overlaid with gold, and decorated with silver chains? (v.19)
  • Haven’t you heard? (v.21)
  • Don’t you understand? (v.21)
  • Are you deaf to the words of God—the words he gave before the world began? (v.21)
  • Are you so ignorant? (v.21)
  • To whom will you compare me? (v.25)
  • Who is my equal? (v.25)
  • Who created the stars? (v.26)
  • Have you never heard? (v.26)
  • Have you never understood? (v.26)

I know this is going to sound like a repeat of yesterday’s post, but if we look  below the surface of our need to compare, we’ll find a pride issue.

We must, WE MUST, WE MUST—run from anything that remotely looks like or feels like pride.

For Christ-followers, we can be and can do amazing things–

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.  —Philippians 4:13

With one condition—we can’t plan the comparison game. We must avoid anything that looks or feels like  pride

Remember all those questions in Isaiah 40; God answers them in that same chapter and puts EVERYONE of us, great and small, strong and weak, young and old in our place:

  • God sits above the circle of the earth.  The people below seem like grasshoppers to  him! (v.22)
  • He judges the great people of the world and brings them all to nothing. (v.23)
  • The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. (v.28)
  • He (God) never grows weak or weary.  No one can measure the depths of his understanding.  (v.28)
  • He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.
  • Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.  They will soar high on wings like eagles.  They will run and not grow weary.  They will walk and not faint.  (v.30-31)

Do we compare ourselves and even at times compete with God?

By seeking, wanting, and sometimes demanding…

  • Our will not His will
  • Our way not His ways

Friends, this is a game we cannot win.  There is none like the Living God!

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Dear Father God, help us to fight against playing the comparison game.  Teach us, change us, and then use us for Your Glory!

In Jesus Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 44:6 through Isaiah 48:11

From Extreme Need to Extreme Miracle and Then Extreme Failure–2 Chronicles 32:24-31

Today’s Scripture Reading:  2 Kings 20:1-11, Isaiah 38:1-8, 2 Chronicles 32:24-31, Isaiah 38:9-22, 2 Kings 20:12-19, Isaiah 39:1-8

Today we are reading about  a day of extremes—

  • an extreme, life-threatening need
  • an extreme, supernatural miracle
  • an extreme, human failure

“Set your affairs in order; for you are going to die.  You will not recover from this illness.” –2 Kings 20:1

These words would literally knock most of us off our feet, if we heard them from our doctor.  But if we heard them from the God who made us…we would probably forget “setting our affairs in order” and just lie down and die.

Isaiah had been the bearer of good news twice in yesterday’s reading, and then today he brings a death sentence.

But, when Hezekiah received Isaiah’s message from God, he immediately went to the Lord.

Hezekiah prayed a one-sentence prayer, broke down and cried out to God

Remember, O Lord, how I have always been faithful to you and have served you single-mindedly, always doing what pleases you.  —2 Kings 20:3

God answered his prayer.

Hezekiah, like most of us, wanted a sign he would recover.  God gave him one of the most amazing miracles we have recorded in the Bible:  The sun receded by 10 degrees on the sundial.

What gave Hezekiah the confidence to come before the Lord so boldly?

  • Trust in God
  • The discipline of prayer

Hezekiah believed his God…

  • was real
  • was in control
  • heard his prayer
  • could change his mind

Oh the joy and celebration that must have gone on that day—the king was dying and now he has a 15-year “get-out-of-jail-free” card!  How powerful Hezekiah was (so he thought)—he prayed to the Lord, God healed him AND gave him a miraculous sign!

But

Hezekiah did not respond appropriately to the kindness shown him, and he became proud (2 Chron. 32:24-31).

How could someone who trusted God, had a consistent prayer life and believed God…

•         was real

•         was in control

•         heard his prayer

…become Proud?

Before the Garden, before the forbidden fruit, before the bite that opened the eyes of two people and left an indelible, sinful mark on all of humanity – another fall took place. This one was invisible, silent, and sudden. God’s worship leader, “full of wisdom and perfect in beauty,” grew jealous of the attention God constantly received. His pride convinced him that he was worthy of more. Greed consumed him and then, he fell.

In heaven – as it should be and one day will be on earth – nothing is permitted to receive glory but God alone. Lucifer not only found himself declined for the position of becoming co-glorious with God, but was banished, expelled, and thrown down from God’s lofty throne room. Instead of giving way to brokenness and humility, Satan’s pride boils over in anger and bitterness and vengeance – still today.                    (http://bible.org/)

How you are fallen from heaven,

O shining star, son of the morning (Lucifer, Satan*)!

You have been thrown down to the earth,

you who destroyed the nations of the world.

For you said to yourself,

‘I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God’s stars.

I will preside on the mountain of the gods

far away in the north.

I will climb to the highest heavens

and be like the Most High.’

Isaiah 14:12-14

*Explanation mine

Friends, pride is as old as Lucifer’s fall and as new as our first thought this morning.  Satan even tried to get Jesus to succumb to pride (Luke 4:1-13).  We must daily rely on the Holy Spirit to show us the areas in our hearts where pride wants to cause us to go the way of Hezekiah.

Holy Spirit, please shine a light on our hearts, reveal the areas in our lives where seeds of pride have been planted, and help us to break free of the sin that can keep us from being all that you planned for us to be.

In Jesus Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Isaiah 40:1 through Isaiah 44:5

What Would Jesus Say to America?

Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 42-46

O God, we have heard it with our own ears—
our ancestors have told us
of all you did in their day,
in days long ago:
You drove out the pagan nations by your power
and gave all the land to our ancestors.
You crushed their enemies
and set our ancestors free.
They did not conquer the land with their swords;
it was not their own strong arm that gave them victory.
It was your right hand and strong arm
and the blinding light from your face that helped them,
for you loved them.

You are my King and my God.
You command victories for Israel.
Only by your power can we push back our enemies;
only in your name can we trample our foes.
I do not trust in my bow;
I do not count on my sword to save me.
You are the one who gives us victory over our enemies;
you disgrace those who hate us.
O God, we give glory to you all day long
and constantly praise your name. –Psalm 44:1-8

 This psalm from today’s scripture reading was written about the nation of Israel, but it could just as easily be our 2013, July 4th prayer as a nation. God has done so much for our great country! We are so blessed! I am thankful for all who have sacrificed to make this nation what it is today, but it has been God who has given us favor, it has been God who has given us victory over our enemies. He deserves our praise on this anniversary of our freedom!

This past Sunday, my pastor, Phil Daniels shared a message that I immediately knew  would be my July 4th post.  Phil’s message takes everything we’ve read this year, especially as we’ve studied the children of Israel, kings and prophets and shows us how it relates to today’s culture and to the future of our great country.

Birthdays are a time to celebrate but they’re also a time to reflect. I pray that you will make the time watch this video and pray for our nation today.

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Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. –2 Chronicles 7:14

Heavenly Father, forgive us, show us how to return to the nation You planned for us to be, show us how to humble ourselves. Heal our land and God bless America!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 47-49, Psalms 84-85, 87

A Comparison We need to Make — Proverbs 30:1-6

 Today’s Scripture Reading: Proverbs 30:1-31:31

“Wow! I love hanging out with Judy (fictional name)! I always feel so smart and together after our visits!”

Sometimes we compare ourselves to others and walk away feeling downright good about ourselves. Sometimes, we leave one of our friends and have a week-long pity party because we’re not like them.

Yes, we need to take time to count our blessings and Yes, the Bible tells us that friends sharpen us like iron (Proverbs 27:17) but there are better ways to do that than gloating on the weaknesses of others or feeling like our friends are so superior they are doing us a favor by speaking to us.

Today I saw a comparison in Proverbs 30:1-6 that needs to happen often in my life.

I…

    • Am Weary
    • Am Worn out
    • Am To stupid to be human
    • Lack Common Sense
    • Have not mastered human wisdom
    • Don’t know the Holy One

 

But God…

    • Goes up to heaven and comes back down
    • Holds the wind in his fists
    • Wraps the ocean in his cloak
    • Has created the whole wide world
    • Proves His every word to be true
    • Is a shield to all who come to him for protection

Friends, it’s okay to lose this comparison game.

Throughout God’s Word we see the sin of pride causing the most noble and godly to fall. I know it has been my biggest struggle in my life.

You may be thinking, “I” don’t have a pride problem.

You may not, but here’s are 10 questions to help you do a pride checkup:

  1.   Are you controlling?
  2.   Are you judgmental?
  3.   Are you insecure?
  4.   Do you always have to be right?
  5.   Do you love to argue, always need the last word?
  6.   Have problems listening?
  7.   Are you irritable and impatient?
  8.   Hate being corrected?
  9.   Do you feel life is really “all about you?”
  10. Are you constantly comparing yourself to others?

I have and sometimes continue to struggle with these ten “pride” symptoms. God has used “life” to work on me. I’m not where I want to be but thanks be to God I’m not where I was.

If we continually remind ourselves of the vastness of our God and the smallness and frailty of our life and being, we won’t have time to compare ourselves to others and we won’t have anything to be “proud” about.

Heavenly Father, forgive me for seeing myself superior to others. Forgive me for seeing myself below others. Show me the areas of pride in my life. Continually remind me of how I compare to You, so I can forget about me and know You more and help others to know You too!

 

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 42-46

 

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