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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  1. Love this part, Dr. Jeff. “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.” I am reminded, what people need to see most is not more of me, they need to see the Jesus in me!

    • I agree Susan. What a wonderful world it would be if we allowed the presence of Jesus be shine brightly and powerfully through every aspect of our lives.


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