5/9/13 Daily Devotion

Luke 18:11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.

Two men gathered at the temple to pray. One opened his heart to God and exposed a need for more and the other, a Pharisee, opened his heart and exposed God to his greatness. While one, a tax collector, knew he needed to improve, the other knew, from his personal observations, that he was already great. The main difference between the Pharisee and the tax collector was pride. The Pharisee was filled with pride, and it directed his personal impression as well as his impression of others. While there is nothing wrong with being proud of ourselves or our accomplishments, there are numerous issues that arise when we are walking filled with pride. When we are prideful, we are not expressing the love of God, for we are filled with the love of self. When we are prideful, we are not showing people a life that is focused on Jesus. We are showing them an example that should not to be followed. We can bring forth more examples to expand the understanding of pride, or we can grasp what has already been stated and make a commitment to remove any ounce of it from our lives from this moment forward. What are you going to do?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me.

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5/8/13 Daily Devotion

1 John 2:16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.

Some claim that God is prideful. This allegation comes from God believing His own creation was good. While this is nothing more than an attempt to create a trait that does not exist, it does show how far people will go to justify the manner in which they live their own lives. If God is prideful, then there is no reason for us to remain humble. But pride is not from God. God teaches us to be humble, even to the extreme of its definition. Pride is a trait taught by the world to bring us away from a proper presentation of Christ. What does it see as it watches you live your life?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me become humble; help me become more like You.

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5/7/13 Daily Devotion

Obadiah 1:3 The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’

Pride carries us to a place where we find a lonely existence in the presence of others. Our pride causes us to become worldly focused and self-purposed. It causes us to walk in a manner that is not reflective of Christ, but completely reflective of the world. Being prideful is our choice, but it carries us to a place of solitude, a place where we become our own best friends. But is that a real existence? NO!! Pride transforms us into someone no one wants to be around, even those who share our traits.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me see the error of my attitude as You guide me into becoming a better person.

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