Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
September 3 Scripture Selection: Proverbs 14
Food for Thought: Prov. 14:3
Some people are very proud of their humility. They are so arrogant that they cannot see their own pride. What a dangerous condition to be in! Thankfully, the Holy Spirit is here to put His finger on any lingering, festering, pride—whether overt or hidden—and correct us. Hopefully, we are in a position to receive the correction before the fall that comes as a result of it (Prov. 11:2; 16:18).
How can we know if there is a problem with pride in our hearts? First, are we teachable and correctable? Or do we feel like we are fine; it is everyone else who is wrong. Proverbs 15:5 says, “A fool despises his father’s instruction, but he who receives correction is prudent.” Similarly, Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” A desire to put God first and love Him with our lives will keep our hearts pliable and able to receive from His Holy Spirit and those He sends to us.
Another way to check for pride is to ask ourselves if we are quick to repent from our errors (II Cor. 10:6). Or do we make excuses, try to cover up the error, or blame others for our failures? Our love for the Lord and others and a quick response to the Holy Spirit when He points out our errors will prevent this.
Do we occupy ourselves mostly on ourselves, or are others, including God, the center of our attention? Is our money spent mostly on self-pleasures or on blessing others? Is our time spent mainly on entertaining self or directed toward being a blessing to others? What we put our attentions on may reveal the condition of the heart. Philippians 2:3 puts it very well: “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” If we consider others of higher importance, then we will be eager to devote love, time, energies, and even money to the well-being of others (See. I Cor. 10:33).
We can also tell if there is pride in our hearts by checking our interest in living in such a way that God gets the glory. Are we interested in glorifying God in our lives, or do we crave a bit of that glory? Is getting the credit for some good work a priority? I Corinthians 13:4 tells us, “…love does not parade itself, is not puffed up.” And Proverbs 25:27 says, “It is not good to eat much honey; so to seek one’s own glory is not glory.” (See also I Tim. 3:1-7; I Cor. 10:31.) Again, loving God keeps us from falling into pride.
When it all comes down to it, we can ask, “Do we seek first God’s will or ours?” Jesus is, of course, our best example. He taught us to pray, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done (Mat. 6:10).” Even when He faced the most horrid sufferings of humiliation, torture, death, and the depredation of hell, He prayed, “Not my will, but Yours be done (Luke 22:42).” When that is our main desire and prayer, because we love the Lord and put Him first, then we can be assured that pride has been impeded.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
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Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
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