My Name is PRIDE

My name is Pride.  I am a cheater.

 

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I cheat you of your God-given destiny…

because you demand your own way.

I cheat you of contentment…

because you “deserve better than this.”

I cheat you of knowledge…

because you already know it all.

I cheat you of healing…

because you’re to full of me to forgive.

I cheat you of holiness…

because you refuse to admit when you’re wrong.

I cheat you of vision…

because you’d rather look in the mirror than out a window.

I cheat you of genuine friendship…

because nobody’s going to know the real you.

I cheat you of love…

because real romance demands sacrifice.

I cheat you of greatness in heaven…

because you refuse to wash another’s feet on earth.

I cheat you of God’s glory…

because I convince you to seek your own.

 

My name is Pride.  I am a cheater.

You like me because you think I’m always looking out for you.  Untrue.  I’m looking to make a fool of you.  God has so much for you, I admit, but don’t worry.  If you stick with me, you’ll never know.

 

~ Beth Moore, “Praying God’s Word,” pg. 60.

 

Over the next few weeks I will be re-reading Steve Gallagher’s book, Irresistible to God, which is about the sin of pride and the blessing of humility.   Pride is the cancer which if left untreated will stain everything in this life and keep us from the next.  So serious is pride that Augustine wrote,

There is hardly a page of Scripture on which it is not clearly written that God resisteth the proud and giveth grace to the humble.   (City of God).

 

I plan to blog about some of what I learn from reading again this wonderful book on the subject, and pray it will help challenge, convict, encourage and enable you in your walk with Christ.    If you have not subscribed to Desire Mercy that is an easy way to be sure you get future posts.   Blessings to you!

 

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