Thought for the Day – 27 September 2017

Thought for the Day

Our World is changing.  Satan is waging an all out attack to make you and me doubt, reject and become deafened to the voice of Jesus. We are not listening to the voice of Jesus when we think wrongly about God! Will you listen to that voice?

Pride is the sin of competing with God, and humility is the virtue of submitting to His supreme glory.

Satan has disguised his wicked way of pride quite well. Pride comes dressed in many wrappers.

We may be tempted to be self-centered in our feelings. This comes in the actions of being hurt, aloof, divisive, arrogant, resentful, and bitter.

We may be self-seeking in our living. This comes in the attitudes of: pride in our abilities, pride in our possessions, pride in our education, pride in our social status, pride in our appearance, pride in our power, and even our biblical knowledge or religious accomplishments.

But throughout Scripture the Lord calls His people to humility:

Proverbs 15:33; 33The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.”

The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, honor and life:

Proverbs 22:4; 4By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.”

God has designed humility as the ingredient in all spiritual blessings. Just as God warns that every sin has its roots in pride, God exhorts that every virtue has its roots in humility. Humility is liberating because in it we can see ourselves as we are, because it shows us our life in the sight of God as He is.

Pride always provokes every conflict we have with other people. Pride breaks our communion and hinders our fellowship with the Lord.

Humility promotes every harmonious human relationship, humility nurtures every spiritual success, and humility produces every moment of joyous fellowship with the Lord.

 

About Ephraim J. Stockwell

Ephraim J. Stockwell, Born 30 May 1926 in Howell, Michigan, USA; Grew up on a farm in Uniontown, Pennsylvania; Served in Army during WW2 in European Theater of Operations; College in West Virginia, majoring in Physics and Electronic Engineering; Employed by NASA Headquarters, Wash. D.C. as Head of Network Operations (Retired), Husband of Joan Morgan Stockwell, father of 3 sons; Jack, Mark and Rick; Family includes 17 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren.
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