Topic: Beware Of Pride [DCLM Daily Manna Wednesday June 20, 2018]
Text: James 4:13-17 (KJV)
Key Verse: “But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil” (James 4:16).
Charles Caleb Colton, cognisant of the arrogant contamination inherent in the word ‘I’, offered these edifying supports: “Five things that I keep meekly hid, ‘myself’ and ‘I’. ‘Mine’ and ‘my’. And what ‘I did and said’”. John Vernon McGee put it more bluntly: “The greatest sin in ministry is pride”.
Today’s devotion makes us wonder why people boast of intended exploits, not giving any thoughts to the fact that God alone determines the outcome of every plan men may have.
The irony of life is that man does not know what will become of him the next moment; it is only known to God. Truly, God indeed “giveth to all life, and breath, and all things. For in him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:25-28). When we boast (hawk pride) and rejoice in it, the Bible spots evil in our actions and we ought to know that what separates evil and the devil is just a “D”. The devil is the mastermind of evil and sin. Sin separates us from God.
Our journey to heaven demands being careful and avoiding excesses. Our privileged position of authority, wealth or academic achievement may be sources of temptation to become proud. To maintain holiness should make us avoid pride as a plague. Sinners must come down from their ivory towers of arrogance and yield to the saving grace offered by Christ, who paid for their redemption with His blood. God resists the proud; but His grace is for the humble.
Thought For The Day: To be full of one’s self speaks volumes of how empty one is.
Bible Reading In One Year: Ecclesiastes 7-12
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