First, thank you to everyone for all the love on my birthday today. I have announced my Birthday Giveaway Winners for 2018. Thank you to all who participated.
Continuing with the theme for this month, Pursuing Purpose, the topic of today is Purging Pride. As we pursue our various dreams, goals, and visions, it is imperative that we do this in Humility and not pride. When we understand that God is the reason we are able to accomplish each goal that we set for ourselves through his love, compassion, and grace, then all glory belongs to Him as the accolades come. We cannot forget God when we enter into a season of harvest, blessings, and overflow. As we humble ourselves before God now, every level we reach God will allow there to be more or greater levels to achieve. James 4:10, "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up."
Pride: a high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit,or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.
Choose Humility over Pride:
I heard someone say that your gifts and talents will get you many places, but it is your character that will keep you there. God has given everyone gifts and talents. However, how you choose to live each day of your life is an essential factor in your continued success. People will love your gift, but they will move far away from you when your character is questionable. Pride is one of those character flaws that will push people away. However, humility is admired and esteemed highly. Humility says that I am still learning, growing, and maturing. Pride says, I am an expert, fully knowledgeable, and better than anyone else because of this or that. Humility says I want to learn more. Pride says that I know it all so listen to me. Humility says God showed me, and I want to share some things things I have learned with you. Pride says that I have studied and applied myself to get where I am, so you figure it out or do it the way I did it.
Do not be prideful. Ask God to help you to walk in humility. James 4:6, "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble."
Daniel in the Lion's Den:
Daniel 6:22, "My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt."
This verse comes after King Darius finds Daniel alive after a night in the Lion's Den. There are a few instances in the bible where kings felt pressured to follow a decree they made after manipulating tactics of those who wanted to see men of God like Daniel killed. In this story, men came to King Darius asking him to make a decree that no man shall ask a petition to any man or God for thirty days except the King, knowing that Daniel prayed three times a day. After the decree, these men found Daniel and went told the king. Even though he did not want to throw Daniel into the lion's den, he did because of his pride; however, since Daniel was a man of humility and prayer, God closed the mouths of the lions.
God will get you out of the bleakest circumstances when you put your trust in Him! Daniel gave all glory to God and not his prayer life for his deliverance. When King Darius found Daniel alive the next day, he made a new decree for the nation to serve the God of Daniel. Later, God blesses and gives favor to Daniel: Daniel 6:28, "So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian."
Choose humility and purge all pride. Allow God to mature, teach, and elevate you. When God elevates you, no one can take you down. All that you are and will ever be is God's will. He deserves all the glory. As you humble yourself, trust that God is pleased and favor, blessings, and increase will be your reward.
We are Pursuing Purpose!