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We Must Be Humble & Let Go of Our Pride!!!!

Ever heard the paraphrase: “thou take prideth before a fall?” It’s based off of Proverbs 16:18 which states (in the KJV version) “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall”. Humans are sinfully prideful by nature. And AS humans, we like to think that our good looks, our talents, our abilities, our bank accounts, etc. are based on our OWN accord, instead of on Jesus’s accord. We take pride in our jobs, our families, our “new house”, our “new car”, our money, our talents, and the list goes on and on.

Look at any major celebrity today, for example. At some point or another, nearly ALL of them have been humbled by some experience or some “scandal” in their lives. Sometimes multiple times. While celebrities are under both the popular media’s AND God’s “microscope”, we average lay people here in America are constantly under “God’s microscope”, sort’ve speak, like it or not. If we go back through the bible there’s TONS of stories about what happened to ancient peoples who really thought they were something.

There’s the “implied arrogance” of Joseph (the favorite son of Jacob), the arrogance of the descendants of Noah (who wanted to build the Tower of Babel), the total arrogance of King Nebuchadnezzar & King Saul, etc. And we only have to turn through the pages of Holy Writ to know the “outcomes” of such narcissists! 

However, as the narrative later goes, Joseph goes on to be sold as a SLAVE in Egypt! And he resides in prison for 2 years or more before being released to be Pharaoh’s agricultural and monetary advisor! And it was during that time in prison that God used to FULLY HUMBLE Joseph and his “seemingly implied” somewhat arrogant character and instead, turn him into a humble servant of the Lord! And AFTER Joseph FULLY humbled himself before the Lord, the Lord allowed Joseph to be elevated to a VERY, VERY HIGH ruling position in Egypt! So it just goes to show ya. Suffering and/or humbling thyself comes NOW, blessing comes LATER! ;))

When I look at videos on Youtube and Facebook today, and most of today’s authors, musicians, and movie stars, I am just totally amazed at the LEVEL of prideful arrogance that I see! People just BRAGGING about how many subscribers they have, or asking people to “please subscribe” or “please press like” and the like. Or people making all these Youtube videos JUST TO get attention. It’s sickening, really…….People are SO prideful, SO arrogant, SO hateful towards others and towards God & the bible, SO spiteful, so uninformed & SO mean.

In fact, just reading some comments below this one girl’s pro-life video, explaining why she was against abortion after having one, I was just AMAZED at all the hateful comments she received from people! What do pro-choice people CARE if she shares her story on Youtube? What are they so scared of? Are they still secretly suffering from their OWN abortion(s) and so, they want to ensure lots of other women have abortions TOO, so they feel as though they’re not the only one who had an abortion or what? That’s just crazy!

Some of those folks (famous and otherwise) remind me of Revelation 3:17 which states: “Because thou sayest , I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked”. Another passage in Matthew 16:26 reads: “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?“. Proverbs 3:34 suggests that God mocks mockers! “Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly”.

So in other words, when we flee from God and think we don’t need him, he hides his presence from us. But when we seek God in our lives, God makes himself known to us in our lives. And yes, I know it might seem at first glance that I’m judging these people but I actually feel sorry for these people. For these prideful/arrogant/famous and pro-choice people have been BLINDED by Satan into believing that “sacrificing one’s soul for fortune/fame is okay”, “being one’s own god is okay, “killing innocent babies is okay”. It’s DEFINITELY a sign of the times we’re living in!

However, there’s some good news. Jesus Christ forgives ALL sin and so if these people turn to Jesus Christ before it’s too late, they CAN be saved! 😉 Believe me, I pray for such people every single day. Because remember, all you true Christian believers out there, YOU were once an “unbeliever” TOO, before Jesus saved you! So remember that! All the unbelievers out there you see today are like the person you USED to be, before getting saved!

Plus, keep in mind that when we have EVERYTHING we need (or at the very least, “feel” like we already have everything we need in life), our need of God/Jesus Christ Almighty/the gospel/salvation is very small. But when something bad happens in our lives or when we DON’T have everything we need, oh how much we “feel” like we need Jesus Christ THEN, am I right?  

But just remember, the next time you start feeling prideful and arrogant about something (“I’m so good looking”, “I’m such a good writer/painter/comedian/artist/etc/”), remember WHO it is that gave you those “good looks” or “those talents” in the first place and don’t forget to give Jesus Christ the full credit that’s due! Because remember that HE is the Almighty God who created everything in the universe, including YOU! HE is the one who gave you your looks and your talents! HE is the one who gave you everything you have in life! SO don’t ever, ever forget that!

Because the moment you DO, you’re one step closer to a fall (a spiritual fall, that is). And how DREADFUL it will be for all those poor folks someday who “fall away” from Jesus Christ FOR ETERNITY! Please don’t become one of those! Put all your faith, trust and love into Jesus Christ Almighty! He died on the cross for forgiveness of mankind’s sins. He rose from the dead just 3 days later. He defeated sin and death. He’s ALREADY overcome death and sin.

So if you don’t believe in Christ, PRAY to believe in Jesus Christ. And if you’re MAD at Jesus Christ (for whatever reason), pray NOT to be mad! Bow down on your face and pray for forgiveness of your sins! Romans 3:23 says: “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”. Translation: Nobody’s perfect, we’re ALL sinned at some point in our lives.

Ever stolen anything? Lusted after someone you weren’t married to? Told a lie? Wanted something that belonged to someone else? Cussed or said the Lord’s name in vain? What does that make you? A thief, an adulterer, a liar, a coveter/envier, and a blasphemer and that’s just FIVE of the 10 commandments! Imagine what would happen if you were to be found guilty of all TEN of them! But the GOOD NEWS is that Jesus Christ has already payed the penalty for mankind’s sins.

But one must have FAITH in Jesus Christ and the gospel. For we are saved by grace through faith. But it doesn’t just stop there. Jesus Christ says in the bible that we must LIVE for him by OBEYING his commandments in the bible. In the New Testament, Jesus not only talked about the 10 commandments, he EXPANDED on them by talking about their “intent” [See Jesus’s “Sermon on the Mount” in Matthew, chapters 5-7]. Plus Jesus also said in the New Testament “if you love me, obey my commandments”.

In the New Testament, we read in Matthew 7:21-23: Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity”

And in Matthew 7:13-14, we read: “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it”

Luke 12:32 states: “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom”

Alright, so what can we gather from the 3 above passages? We know that MANY people (specifically “Christians”) will demand to get inside the gates of the new heavenly city, someday [called New Jerusalem]. But VERY FEW will actually BE ABLE to enter into the heavenly city, someday? Why? Because they did NOT do the Heavenly Father’s will, while they were still living on Earth. They worshiped Jesus in name ONLY, not in DEED/ACTION!

Meaning, they did NOT truly worship the Jewish/BIBLICAL Jesus Christ of the bible but instead, worshiped a FALSE/PAGANIZED JESUS that they were “comfortable with!” (Perhaps a false Jesus that EMBRACED things that are seen as SIN in the bible — such as divorce, abortion, homosexuality, etc.)………

But the few Christians that worship the BIBLICAL Jesus Christ are VERY FEW……that’s why Jesus Christ calls them in Luke 12:32 a LITTLE FLOCK!

Plus think of the many “Christians” today in “modern day churches” (as a whole) that stubbornly and even sometimes ARROGANTLY cling to their “traditions” and REFUSE to see THE TRUTH about what biblical Christianity REALLY is and what it ISN’T…..That’s what I mean when I say we must HUMBLE OURSELVES AND LET GO OF OUR PRIDE! We must humble ourselves before God and LET GO of the “Paganized man-made traditions” in today’s modern day “Christian churches”: The modern Christian church is DEAD! The modern day Christian church is as blind as a bat! The modern day Christian church doesn’t know its right hand from its left hand!

That’s why WE — the TRUE church — the body/assembly of believers in Christ — need to HUMBLE OURSELVES BEFORE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, LET GO of the false, man-made “Paganized traditions” of the modern-day Christian “church”, EMBRACE the Jewishness of Jesus Christ & the apostles and start PARTAKING IN the 7th-day *sanctified by God* BIBLICAL SABBATH (Saturday) and the 7 Annual Feasts of the Lord (Pentecost, Tabernacles, Passover, etc.) For it’s only THROUGH the lens of “ancient Judaism” that the TRUE, BIBLICAL [*JEWISH*] Jesus Christ & his TRUE gospel can be known! 

 


    

 

  

Self-Sabotaging: I Never Knew……Until NOW….

Self-sabotaging.

It can come in many other forms besides just drugs, crime, self-cutting, etc.

It took me awhile to see this, but I have most recently discovered that I am my own worst enemy; meaning that I am the only one who’s sabotaging myself and my life. And trust me, that was a hard pill for me to swallow.

Most recently, the Lord Jesus has shown me just how MUCH I’ve been self-sabotaging myself and my relationships in my life and also just how MUCH my life would be different if I were to lean on him and TRUST him, instead of just always trying to do things MY way.

I’ve seen Christians judging other Christians right and left and I always used to say to myself “I’ll never be like one of those”. Looking back however, it kind’ve reminds me of the parable/story in the bible where two men go to pray. One of them says “thank you Lord that I am not like THOSE men” while the other man said “oh Lord, please have mercy on me, a sinner!” The first man was a Pharisee and the second man was a poor man. And in my own self-righteousness in my past, I became like the Pharisee (something I had always sworn to myself that I’d never become).

But anyways, back to the story. So due to my employment struggles and life struggles, I began to feel disillusioned and like the whole entire world was against me (even those close to me). I began to think negative thoughts of myself and others over time (I admit this to my shame) and then, it wasn’t long before the “resentment” started to eat away at me and consume me. I then became VERY pessimistic of a person and even downright “irritated” with people who were happy and joyous in life or that trusted the Lord completely. (Though deep, deep down, I was jealous. I wanted to trust the Lord as much as THEY did and to also feel the joy that THEY feel, being right with God). But the Devil kept tearing away at me night and day saying “you’re already too far gone, there’s no hope for you” and “Jesus hates you now”.

And for awhile there (I also admit this to my shame), I started believing the Devil’s lies. And it wasn’t long before I wasn’t able to trust anyone or ANY THING in my life. Whenever someone was friendly with me, I’d say to myself “yeah right, they’re being fake with me”. Whenever a guy would try to innocently look at me or ask me out, I’d say “yeah right, he probably only wants one thing”. Whenever I had a friend say to me “don’t worry about your past friends that stabbed you in the back, I never would”, I’d think “yeah right, you’re probably just as bad if not WORST than my other friends”. And whenever I’d get a job interview and wouldn’t get the job, I’d assume the worst and just start to automatically shut down and give up saying to myself “my gosh, if THIS place won’t hire me, then probably NOBODY will hire me!”

It even got to the point where I was even starting to get paranoid, fearing that people were talking bad about me at the grocery store, at the gas station, etc. And I even started to blame the people most close to me for all the things that were going wrong in my life, even.

Only most recently did Jesus Christ open up my eyes by more or less spiritually saying to me “Ya know what? Next to Satan, you’re your own worst sabotager and own worst enemy that I know”. He then raised his voice a little in the dream and more or less asked “WHY WON’T YOU WAIT ON ME AND TRUST ME? DON’T YOU THINK I KNOW WHAT I’M DOING? ESPECIALLY SINCE I CREATED THE UNIVERSE AND THE HEAVENS AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN? WHY WON’T YOU TRUST ME? I **DO** HAVE A PLAN, AFTERALL….IF YOU WILL ABIDE IN ME, THAT IS….” (there seemed to be some sort of doubt or hesitation in his voice about rather or not I would abide in him or not).

But one thing is clear: the only person responsible for all the actions in my life (rather good or bad) is me, myself and I. It’s not my loved ones’ fault that I’m depressed and having trouble finding employment these days. It’s not my loves ones’ fault that none of my relationships have been successful so far. All of it is attributed to ME. Because the truth is, I’m depressed, having trouble finding employment and have yet to have a successful relationship DUE to the fact that I had most recently strayed from the Lord. And this is just the Lord chastising me.

The Lord had said to me “write this person a letter and apologize”. I didn’t do it for the longest time. The Lord said “ask this person the question ‘what are your thoughts on life & God?’ ” and I didn’t do it. The Lord said “apply for this part-time job or perhaps that one”. I didn’t do it. Instead, I just sat around and wallowed in my own self-misery for a long time, with a “woe is me” attitude. And look where that got me! It got me absolutely NOWHERE!

So please…..I beg of you! DON’T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE I’VE MADE, MOST RECENTLY! Don’t sabotage the good things in your life out of distrust or fear. Don’t refuse to obey the commands of the Lord. TRUST JESUS AND WAIT ON JESUS CHRIST and have the total FAITH that he will see you through, no matter what! Do NOT make the same mistake I did and find yourself in front of the face of Jesus in a dream with Jesus turning to you and saying that next to Satan, you are your own worst sabotager and greatest enemy!

Moral of the story? TRUST JESUS CHRIST ALWAYS……..NO MATTER WHAT. Faith is EVERYTHING. For we can not enter Jesus Christ’s “New Earth” someday without faith. Faith is the thing that will either make us or break us in the end. So please, I beg of you. If you don’t have faith, PRAY to have faith. Pray to have more faith with ALL your heart, ALL your mind, ALL your body, and ALL your spirit and it shall be granted you. MARK MY WORDS!