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PRIDE: TO ACQUIRE POWER

TO ACQUIRE POWER

Do you find yourself continually striving to acquire power? When you give advice, do you want to know whether it is being followed or not? There is a pattern: when you offer help, you expect to be thanked; when you give money, you expect it to be spent your way; when you do something good, you want to be remembered. You are concerned that you not be forgotten and that somehow you will live on in the thoughts and deeds of others.

PRIDE: TO ACQUIRE POWER

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you”                                                                                                                                                    James 4:10                                                                                                                                               There is blessing found in humility. When we hold on to pride, there are consequences that result.

PRIDE: TO ACQUIRE POWER

Here are some consequences of pride:

1. Isolation

Think about the person who is the know-it-all. They tend to drive people away. A prideful person will fail to ask for help because they will not be able to admit they need help. Because they fail to ask for help, they will end up going it alone.

PRIDE: TO ACQUIRE POWER

2. Disillusionment and Despair

If you put confidence in yourself, you will eventually be let down. There will come a time when your body will fail you. Your mind will fail you. Your money will fail you.

“Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.”                                                                                                                             Proverbs 16:18

PRIDE: TO ACQUIRE POWER

3. Lack of Break-through

Pride prevents growth. It leaves us stagnated. Pride gives us a sense of accomplishment. We believe we have arrived. We close ourselves off from learning, from listening, and from opening ourselves to new ways of thinking and doing.

Look at Polaroid. They once had a revolutionary instant camera, but they did not realize digital cameras were the way of the future.

Humble yourself, let the Lord lift you up to new heights never imagined! Take the time to learn and listen. Consider new possibilities with new ways of seeing and doing.

PRIDE: TO ACQUIRE POWER

DOES WEALTH CAUSE PRIDE?

Does wealth cause pride? The bible has a lot of warnings against pride, and the end result is always the same: destruction.

Pride is easy to see in people around us. It is an “I did these great things myself” attitude. It is saying that you don’t need anyone else’s help.

“The man of haughty eyes and puffed up heart I will not endure. “  
                                                                                                                          Psalm 101:5

“Haughty eyes and a proud heart– the unplowed field of the wicked--produce sin.”                                                                                        Proverbs 21:4

The question is does accumulating wealth bring about a prideful spirit?

“By your great skill in trading you have increased your wealth, and because of your wealth your heart has grown proud.” Ezekiel 28:5 

PRIDE: TO ACQUIRE POWER

No one likes to be around a prideful person. And that is why there are so many warnings against pride. Because when you ignore the contributions of those around you, they will quietly step away from you, leaving you hanging out in the wind. Like a building on a cliff, where the soil has eroded away from the foundation, it topples easily.

Pride is a cancer that kills. It kills you, your relationships, but most of all Christ’s ability to live through you. … “Pride is a spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense.”

PRIDE: TO ACQUIRE POWER

Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune. – (Carl Jung: 1875 – June 1961: Swiss psychiatrist)

PRIDE: TO ACQUIRE POWER

Dear Lord, I am coming to realize how dangerous pride is in the life of a believer and how important true, godly humility is to the heart of God.  I pray:

PRIDE: TO ACQUIRE POWER

“The soul’s true greatness is in loving God and in humbling oneself in His presence, completely forgetting oneself and believing oneself to be nothing, because the Lord is great, but He is well-pleased only with the humble, He always opposes the proud. ”                                                                                                                                         Diary 1711

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  • Christians don’t shout, “I am clean living!” They whisper “I was lost, but now I’m found and forgiven.” 
  • Christians don’t speak of this with pride. They confess that they stumble and need Christ to be their guide.
  • Christians don’t say,” I’m strong.” They say they are trying to be strong because they are really weak and need strength. 
  • Christians don’t brag of success, but they admit that they are failing and they need God to clean up the mess.
  • Christians don’t claim to be perfect. Their flaws are far too visible but God believes they are worth it.
  • Christians still feel the sting of pain and they have their share of headaches but they call upon His Name.
  • Christians are not holier than thou. They are also simple sinners who receive God’s unbelievable Grace.

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If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.                                                                                                                                              Romans 10:9

The real Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. He was send by God to come to the earth in the body of a human being. That was so that He could suffer in the flesh, take all our sins upon Himself and die in our place. He rose from the dead and lives to pray for us daily.
He is the Saviour – The angel announced to Mary; …and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21    It means He has the power to free us, save us and deliver us from sin. He is merciful and has the power to forgive. He brings good news to the poor, heals the heartbroken, announce freedom to all captives, pardons all prisoners. He comforts mourners. He has healing in His wings.
If you are not yet received Jesus as your Saviour… SAY: Lord Jesus, You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Please hear me today and help me! I want to receive you as my Lord and Saviour. Be Lord of my life!  Lord Jesus, I believe that You died for me and that God raised You from the dead. Forgive me all my sins and take all my sins away. Come into my heart and be my Savior and Lord, and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Amen

God the Father will wipe every tear from our eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, crying out or pain. We will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is The Holy Spirit will have made all things new. Eternal joy will have begun.  “For the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is His name.”                                       Luke 1: 49

Are we not like Barabbas justly condemned for murder, but saved by the innocent Jesus on the cross? Are we not like the adulterous woman, deserving of death by stoning, to whom Jesus says, “I do not condemn you”?  And Jesus saved them both. In fact, Jesus came to earth specifically to look for and save those who were lost.

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD.

“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.    Isaiah 1:18

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YUPPIES AND CHRISTIANITY

UTTERING CHRISTIAN CLICHÉS

YUPPIES CHRISTIANITY

Upwardly Mobile Professional Couples yuppies Chistianity

There is not a single new parishioner from the new high-tech and high-rise estates that go to a nearby church. Not one, in at least 20,000.

The residents are yuppies, mostly young “professional” couples: upwardly mobile, double-income, childless. The idea of church attendance is not merely unpopular among them; it is inconceivable. You could tell them any monstrous thing about the Christianity and they would believe it. They also wouldn’t care.

It would not matter how we advertised: Christianity could not possibly sell. Pre-packaged haute cuisine will sell, and the most expensive gizmos. Holidays in Kenya will sell. And breaking news on Trump is lapped up eagerly. Formal religion would take prep time that they just don’t have.

 

YUPPIES CHRISTIANITY

Yet they do have a religion that is in a sense, Christian. The coffee shops provide a kind of ritual. The clichés they utter are from Christianity of some sort. Some of them are ready for depression, but not for religion in any of its traditional forms.

TWO SIDES SAME COIN

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I don’t speak with human pride

I’m confessing that I stumble –
needing God to be my guide

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not bragging of success
I’m admitting that I’ve failed
and cannot ever pay the debt

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I don’t think I know it all
I submit to my confusion
asking humbly to be taught

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not claiming to be perfect
My flaws are far too visible
but God believes I’m worth it

 

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Understanding Spirituality

There is a feeling of connection with something larger than oneself. There is a sense that there is a deep part of a person’s life. There is no one definition of spirituality.

Some people insist on being spiritual and not religious. This could be impossible, because spirituality is the heart of religion, faith or a way of life. Spirituality nurtures religion and religion develops and forms spirituality. Spiritual people may not be part of an institutionalized religion, but they cannot help being religious. It all comes down to relationships.

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Your purpose is not more wealth.

It’s not about you. The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It’s far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by His purpose and for His purpose.

In the Land of the Living Dead

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WHAT CLOTHES WILL I WEAR?

In the Near Death Experiences, those who are met in Heaven seem to be dressed in what they felt comfortable in on earth.  

We will have a translucent body that’s able to do all that we use to do including touch, feel and even hug, all with a heightened level of awareness.

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CHOOSE: God or Wealth

God or WealthWHICH IS IT? GOD OR WEALTH

Money has always had meaning for people beyond its purchasing power. for many, money means success, power, and even moral worth. The giving of money has always established the giver as a valued member of a community. 

Jesus saw this as a private act of love to be seen by God, not as public act for show and honor. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,  so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”                                               Matthew 6:3, 4

God or Wealth

Usually one is more important than the other. Wealth is the chief rival of our day to God. It is said that money is a good servant but a bad master. Personally we must master money or money masters you. Are we being choked by the wealth and riches of the world so that our faith cannot grow to maturity and bring a bountiful harvest? 

God or Wealth

“The seed sown among thorns is the one, who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit.”                                                                          Matthew 13:1-23.

Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamor and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless.

God or Wealth The enjoyments in themselves may be innocent, which worldly prosperity enables one to indulge. These “choke” or “smother” the word; drawing off so much of one’s attention, absorbing so much of one’s interest, and using up so much of one’s time, that only the dregs of these remain for spiritual things.”They bring no fruit to perfection” Luke 8:14: a possible promise of fruit—which never ripens. You may realize the truth too late: God expects and requires fruit. 

GENEROSITY

It’s easy to think that we’ve carved our own way, worked hard, proven ourselves, and been blessed by God as a result. There’s some truth to here, but these realities need not obscure the fact that we are all in the positions of influence that God has us as a result of the generosity of others.

We’ve all had help and we know it.

Generosity is not only primarily about money. We see a need around us and we seek to do something about it.

It often seems like this type of generosity is far more common for believers in the fourth-quarter of their lives. They know that their legacy hinges on the investment they make in others. But it’s often a rare trait for Christians in the prime of their lives.

How generous are you with your valuables; the stuff the costs money or money itself? We are not talking about your time or talent. “Teach us to give and not to count the cost.” St. Ignatius of Loyola

THREE REASONS TO BE GENEROUS WITH GRACE (MONEY)

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  1. Grace (money) is entirely about God and His love. We give grace (money) to show love. “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another”.                                                          1 John 4:11
  2. We give grace (money) to prevent conflict. “See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled.”                                                                                                                     Hebrews 12:15
  3. We give grace (money) because are called to serve one another. “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”                             1 Peter 4:10God or Wealth

Are we saying this will be easy? Nope! It won’t. In fact, giving grace (money) is hard. Giving grace requires laying down self and giving priority to others. Giving grace necessitates that we let go of our expectations and focus instead on encouraging others.

We demand grace (money) be given according to our need and yet we resist offering that same grace to others.

We cannot tell what may happen to us in this strange medley of life. But we can decide what we do with our talents and money. That is the real test of living: taking your gifts and making it a thing of worth and beauty. SAY: THE GREATEST GIFT TO GOD IS MYSELF!

BEARING FRUIT

“The seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirty-fold.”                                                                          Matthew 13:23

The shock element of this parable is in the math. The few seeds that find their way to good soil produce a super-abundant harvest. Jesus delighted his audience by pronouncing boldly that this small amount of seed would produce a crop thirty, sixty, or even a hundredfold greater than what was sown! Agricultural historians estimate that this farming method never yielded more than ten to fifteen percent gain.

God or Wealth                                                                                                                    1 Timothy 6:17

Real Christian generosity seems hard to come by, but when you do see it in action it can be life changing.

Unfortunately, old habits die hard. Over time we tend to hear what we want to hear and to see what we want to see. No matter how educated, talented, rich or cool you believe you are, how you treat people and money ultimately tells all. People should use their talents to make money but money should not take away people’s attention from God, your Creator.

YOUR PRAYER

Lord, open my eyes so that I can see again. Open my ears so that I can hear your voice. Lift my heart to you so that I can experience a grace that will produce in my life an abundance that I cannot fathom and that I will share. Let my life become good soil, ready to receive the seed and be “one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit.”

Do Good Wealth or God

The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.

 

God or Wealth Manure

Money is like manure: it’s not good unless it’s spread around.                                                                                                                               Francis BaconGod or Wealth
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