1 Peter 5:5-9 New King James Version

 

"Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble." Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

 

Good morning! I hope that you are having a great Monday morning. It took me forever to gather my thoughts and verses to communicate some simple reminders the Lord is downloading to me to share with you today. I pray right now that your heart is open and that you know how much I love each of you! I pray that God touches your heart today and reveals the key to your destiny!

 

The KEY to fulfilling our destiny is defeating pride and to be clothed in humility! WHOA! Doesn't this sound so easy? Well it is the greatest obstacle to fulfilling the God given purpose for our lives. One of the greatest Christian influences of the twentieth century, C.S. Lewis put it like this, "it is the great sin," "it is spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense," and "According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere flea bites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind... it is Pride which has been the chief cause of misery in every nation and every family since the world began." So my search began into my own heart, life, and soul. Then I searched into all kinds of studies on pride. It blew me away on the lack of teachings on the subject of pride! Particularly when you take into account these two truths: it is our own sinful human nature to be self-centered coupled with the fact we live in the "ME" culture. Fame, fortune, and followers are our greatest goals in life in today's world! A simple reminder: pride is a HUGE stumbling block for most!

 

Today I want to touch only on one point dealing with pride. Pride is the hardest sin to self-evaluate but we must do it because it is a necessity to living the abundant life God has planned for us! It is hard for many of us to detect pride in our own lives. Today I plea with you to go to God. Seek God from the most humble place in your heart and ask Him to reveal any pride within you. Ask yourself about these attitudes, do you say, "I feel that I am self-sufficient, I feel my life is important (more than others), and I feel like I don't need God most of the time." Then look at how you treat others-- do you have an attitude of contempt and indifference? This is where it gets imperative that you get real with yourself and don't allow the enemy to lie to you. Get still, get quiet, and get out of any noise and ask God to show you any places that you need to repent and accept His forgiveness and grace as you get rid of pride in your life.

 

My challenge this week is: get before God and get real with yourself and humbly go before His throne and offer ALL of who you are to Him! Allow God to reveal places of pride that you need to confess and receive His amazing grace. As I shared with my best friends today, on a personal note, I will have to do this thousands of times a day, maybe even with every breath, and ask God to take out all areas of pride within me. Yes the truth hurts but if we continually ask God to wash us new and take away all pride then we can have new mercies everyday, allowing us to live enjoyable lives! Simple reminders quotes about dealing with pride are found all throughout the bible, turn to the truth for daily reminders that God opposes ALL pride. Get before Him now and you will fulfill the incredible plans He has for your life. Getting rid of pride is the KEY to living out your God given destiny--Start living out your destiny today!

 

I ask you again to  join hearts as we pray for our country and for unity! Also, I will be praying for all of you this week! I love each of you! Please send me any prayer requests that you may have. I would love to hear your thoughts about what this message meant to you. Have a Lively week!