ESCAPING THE TRAPS OF MARITAL CRISIS - Part 2

ESCAPING THE TRAPS OF MARITAL CRISIS - Part 2

THE PRIDE OF LIFE

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 1 John 2:16

Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom. Proverbs 13:10

The pride of life is defined as anything that leads to arrogance, pride, boasting and presumption. The moment you begin to feel that no one can do it better than you, then you have given room to pride. That mindset makes people to think that they are always right, and when they are corrected, they pick offence. Any home where pride is given a place will suffer crisis.

PRIDE IS A SPIRIT
How art thou fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into Heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms.
Isaiah 14:12-16

Pride is a spirit and it is the nature of the devil. It was pride that robbed him of his place in Heaven, because God cannot stand pride.

Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time. - 1 Peter 5:5-6

Understand that you are not a super-vessel but an earthen vessel into which God has put His treasure. (1 Corinthians 1:26-29; 2 Samuel 15:1-2; 1 Samuel 15:23).

Looking through Second Timothy chapter 3, verse 1 to 4, it can be observed that fifty percent of the qualities listed there have to do with the pride of life. It talks of “boasters, blasphemers, the disobedient to parents, unthankfulness, despisers of those that are good, heady, and high-mindedness.”

The moment you feels no one can do it better than you. “I too know” am always right, when corrected reaction begins. Check it, pride is setting in gradually.

The cure to the pride of life is deeper acknowledgment of God as the doer of every accomplishment in your life.

Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
Psalm 127:1

 

 

 

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Daily Devotional

ALLOW COMPETITION! | Today: 2017-01-23

…I run that I man win…

1 Corinthians 9:26

Healthy competition is good.

It allows room for variety of events.

Healthy competition makes room for diversities.

It is also the breeding environment for improvement and excellence.

After all, competition is not devilish if it is engaged healthily.

Without it the system remains dull and creativity becomes nonexistent.  Without it life will loose its excitement.

Creativity allows room for options instead of regimentation of approach to issues.

The moment you’re aware that options and alternatives exist over what you’re doing, you are been compelled to put in your best and to become your best.

Above all, life is a race.  Paul said, I run that I may win. (1 Corinthians. 9:26.) 

And it is clear that you can’t run to win except you carry a competitive mentality. 

In essence, all human beings are born to compete. 

What makes it healthy is the fact that you are not grieved or offended at your neighbour’s advancement.  Rather you focus on how to improve yourself in your God-ordained endeavours. 

So, if you must win then you must compete! 

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