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Pride & Complacency

  

Today I am reminded about how we need to be on our guard against complacency and pride. We are told to seek God’s kingdom and His righteousness, Cheap Denver Broncos Jerseys but oh how easy it is to fall into the trap of thinking we know it all, or have it all together!

Sometimes it is easy to look around us and compare ourselves to others, and overlook our own sin because we think to ourselves, “Well we aren’t doing what they are doing, thank goodness!” But if we think like that we are blind – like the self-righteous Pharisee who tried to justify himself before God by comparing himself to and wrongfully exalting himself over the tax collector.

So we need to be on our guard and continually resort to the word of God, which is sharper than a double-edged sword and will reveal the thoughts and intentions of our hearts. The Bible, when we actually read it and meditate on it regularly, will reveal the true condition of our hearts and show that we are truly “poor in spirit,” spiritually bankrupt, and in desperate need of God’s mercy and grace.

But God is so gracious to those who recognize that they are spiritually bankrupt, promising forgiveness and compassion for those who confess and forsake their sin. And ultimately it is to the ones who recognize their poverty of spirit that God promises the kingdom.

So let us continually ask God to search our hearts and diligently seek His righteousness through His word, rely on His Spirit to give us the power to overcome our temptations and sin, and to rejoice in His great love through which we receive compassion and unmerited favor.

Proverbs 28:13 He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper,But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.

1 John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.

Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me,And lead me in the everlasting way.

Matthew 5:3-9 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

One Response to “Pride & Complacency”

  1. on 13 Jun 2013 at 1:28 pmJas

    NASB ©
    “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

    Beth
    Is it pride that seek self righteousness through redefining what sin is. Many will come who confess Jesus as Lord yet He will deny them entrance into the millennium Kingdom because THEY PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS. If you were there in the crowd when he spoke this what would it have meant . Jesus is the same today as he was that day and still will be in the future when he actually fulfills this verse.

  

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