5/10/13 Daily Devotion

Philippians 2:3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,

When we hear these words, do they really sink into the depths of our souls? Do nothing, nothing, out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Do nothing that revolves around our personal motives. Do nothing that is focused on bringing about an end result that we desire above any other option. Do nothing with a self-righteous attitude. Well, it looks as if we are then confined to actually doing nothing. For as we examine our motives and attitudes, we are caught between a rock and a righteous place. Now, we know that refraining from making decisions is not an option in life, so we must learn, then, how to approach everything with the right attitude and the right motives. In all things, we should seek the wisdom and direction of God. While this is simply stated, it is not always easy to accomplish. The problem comes as we seek God with our direction/purpose in mind. When we seek God, we need to come to Him free of any motive, free of any desire, free of opinion and wait for Him to guide our path.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me seek Your direction without allowing my personal desires to get in the way.

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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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5/6/13 Daily Devotion

Psalm 10:4 In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.

To reach for the presence of God is to carry oneself away from the existence of pride. Pride declares our greatness, while being a servant of God declares His greatness. The Bible teaches us that pride can carry us into an unhealthy understanding of God’s position within our lives, thus it causes us to become wicked. For all that is separated from the presence of God is found in the company of wickedness. That brings before us a question of great importance: Within whose company do you want to be found, in the company of God or the company of wickedness?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me seek to live for You, not me or anyone else.

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