CAC Living Water Daily Devotional | Monday, December 20, 2021 | Pride In Your Life
Topic: Pride In Your Life
Date: Monday, December 20, 2021
Read: Isaiah 57:11-15
Isaiah 57:11-15 And of whom hast thou been afraid or feared, that thou hast lied, and hast not remembered me, nor laid it to thy heart? have not I held my peace even of old, and thou fearest me not?
I will declare thy righteousness, and thy works; for they shall not profit thee.
When thou criest, let thy companies deliver thee; but the wind shall carry them all away; vanity shall take them: but he that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain;
And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people.
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; though they join forces, none will go unpunished (Prov. 16:5).
Humbleness is the opposite of pride, just as light is the opposite of darkness. Those who truly serve God must do so in humbleness and not in pride of heart. Pride will prevent you from seeking the will of God and eventually place a barrier between you and God (Prov. 29:23).
God praises the humble (v. 15) and hates the proud (Prov. 8:13). This evil trait makes one to develop self-righteousness and completely block the righteousness of God from having its full and perfect operation.
There is a thin line between pride and self-esteem. Pride can make you to have an unreasonable conceit in talents, beauty, wealth, rank. etc., which can manifest itself in lofty height, distance, reserve and often contempt of others. This could cause us to desire to do things in our way against God’s will. If God shows that He hates the proud with extreme hatred, then don’t expect any prayer offered to Him to be answered until you cast pride aside and seek God in total humility.
King Nebuchadnezzar took after the devil in Isaiah 14: he believed that his kingdom was an exploit of his effort. His heart was filled with pride, and he exalted himself more than necessary. God was left with no option than to strike him and make him learn about Him in a hard way.
Cancer is a terminal disease that spread all over the body part if not quickly checked, so also pride will infest our hearts and damage our spiritual health, if we don’t check it. Kill pride before it kills you.
1. Lord, don’t let me see, or consider myself beyond necessary.
2. I refuse to acclaim or ascribe any glory to myself; Lord, give me the grace to know that all glory must be to You alone.
3. Lord, deliver all our leaders from “I” syndrome.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Amos 2:10 – 6:1; Revelation 9:9 – 10:8
Author: Christ Apostolic Church [Worldwide]