Purging Pride

This article is a very timely reminder. Thank you InTouch Ministries for sharing.

Source: http://www.intouch.org/read/magazine/daily-devotions/purging-pride

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1 Peter 5:1-7

To humble ourselves, we must first be willing to detect pride in our heart. But recognizing it isn’t the same as getting rid of it. Here are several common areas of pride and some solutions for dealing with them.

Possessions. Start giving things away. We can begin by honoring God with our tithe. He promises that our nine-tenths will go farther than ten-tenths. The next step is to give to someone in need who can give nothing in return. But don’t parade your generosity around; keep it as secret as you can (Matt. 6:1-4).

Position. Acknowledge that whatever you have accomplished, God has done it for you (Isa. 26:12). Then ask Him to show you an area of service that has no rank or credit. Knowing that the Lord values every kind of service, we shouldn’t hesitate to request a place that is lower than we’re accustomed to. Our position in this world matters only to the extent that we use it to glorify God (James 1:9-11).

Privilege. Realize that many things you may take pride in come through privilege. None of us is truly “self-made”; no matter how hard you’ve worked, others have made sacrifices to allow you the opportunities and freedoms you enjoy. Remember, it is actually God’s grace that has blessed you with whatever knowledge you may credit yourself for having.

No matter what kind of pride we deal with, we must take the focus off of ourselves, turning it first to God and then to others. When we are willing to confront our pride actively, God will replace it with a spirit of humility that fits who we are in Christ.

Deuteronomy 7:9

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. — Deuteronomy 7:9 (NIV)

Lord of All by Victory Worship


I would like to acknowledge Victory Worship for sharing this song in Youtube.

Lord of All by Victory Worship

VERSE 1:
I surrender, I will yield
I will bow down, I will live
I will seek You all my days
I will follow all Your ways

PRE CHORUS:
‘Cause You are my only One
You are my only One

CHORUS:
I want to live for You
Be glorified forever
My life will declare
You alone are Lord
Everything of me
Use it for Your glory
That everyone will see,
Will hear, will know
You are Lord of all

VERSE 2:
I will worship, I will praise
I will lift up Your Holy Name
I will give You all the glory
All the honor, due your Name

(PRE-CHORUS)

(CHORUS)

BRIDGE 1 (2X):
Here I am Lord mold me
Here I am Lord use me
Here I am Lord send me
For Your Glory

BRIDGE 2:
Here I am Lord mold me
Here I am Lord use me
Here I am Lord send me
For Your Glory

(CHORUS) (2X)

Happy Heart’s Day!

30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.

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Mark 12:30-31 (NIV)

The Greatest Commandment

28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.

Mark 12:28-34 (NIV)