I recently listened to a powerful audio message by Nancy Leigh DeMoss on pride.
You would think struggles with sin should be enough to keep me humble. In my lifetime, I have broken every commandment. I have failed God and He has been displeased with me. I battle with sins of bitterness, complaining, impatience, and more on a daily basis.
We become humble by identifying and admitting our complete reliance upon the Lord for any righteousness. When we are aware of our weaknesses, the Lord can use those very weaknesses to bless our lives through Him and prevent sins of pride and self-exaltation.
2 Corinthians 12:9,10 (pictured above) says
My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore will I rather glory in my weakness that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in weakness: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
When we acknowledge and admit our weakness, we learn to understand the power of God’s strength.
God gives us the strength to endure and even rejoice in trials. We can rejoice in weakness, trials, hardships, persecution, and calamity when we understand God is building in us dependence on the glorification of the grace and power of His Son. Thanks be to God – our sins are forgiven and are as distant from us as the east is from the west. To God, it is as if they never were. Don’t be misled, this doesn’t mean there are no consequences to sin. I, and those I love, suffer the consequences of my sins. And yet, through God’s grace, all will be well. I know He will work out everything for the greater good.
Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God.(2 Corinthians 3, 4-5.)
We are Called to be Salt and Light: Even in Our Weakness
Matthew 5:13-14 explains that we are the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world.” I Corinthians 1:27 explains that we are also the weak and the foolish of this world. God called me in my weakness, in spite of my failures, to be salt and light. He allows me the privilege to share parts of my life with others–things I have learned, discovered, and studied. My desire is to share my findings and my mistakes with the hope that I might encourage others to seek God and keep others from making the same mistakes—from having to live with the same consequences.
For What I Want to Do I Do Not Do, But What I hate I do.
Paul said , “I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” (See Romans 7: 14-25)
I sincerely, with all my heart, want to produce the fruit of God’s Spirit—love, joy, peace, kindness, gentleness and self-control. But at times I produce the fruit of my flesh–self-centeredness, pride, impatience, a judgmental attitude, anger, and bitterness. I default to my sin nature daily. I sincerely want to be a Proverbs 31 woman, but I have been a less than godly wife and I have failed in marriage. I sincerely want to be a loving mother, but I have acted in anger to my children; times I will regret the rest of my life. I have been a disobedient and disrespectful daughter. I have been an uncaring sister and a selfish friend.
I make hundreds of little decisions a day, and many times I get them wrong. These are the things I don’t want exposed – things I prefer never to admit. But I must be open about how I have failed, because only then can God forgive me, cleanse me and use me. He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy. Proverbs 28:13. Praise God.
Only when I abide in the Lord and in the power of His might, then I become strong. (Eph. 6:10)..
Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!
I stand before the throne of God and marvel. I deserve hell and He has not given me what I deserve. He gave me Christ. He gave me hope. He blesses me over and over in spite of my failures. He has turned my mourning to laughter and my heaviness to joy.
My favorite Bible story, the one I have clung to since I gave my life to Christ, is the story of the sinner woman with the alabaster box.
One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat at table. And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was sitting at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.”
And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “What is it, Teacher?” “A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he forgave them both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, to whom he forgave more. And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house, you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” Luke 7:36-47.
The woman publicly declared her sorrow over her sin and displayed humility and deep gratitude. She surrendered all that she was and had to Him.
My sins are many; they are numerous and heinous. I have been afflicted, crushed, forsaken, desolate, and miserable. Out of pure compassion, the God of infinite mercy forgave my sins. He has shown me mercy according to His loving kindness; His tender mercies have blotted out my transgressions. He has washed me thoroughly from my iniquities, and cleansed me from my sin.
Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: Romans 5:20.
Since the foundation of the world, God’s purpose has been to bring all things into harmony with Him, giving us an exhilarating and inspirational relief from the fearful and depressing heaviness of sin.
Christ’s sacrifice gives us the opportunity to choose to live in Adam, under condemnation, or in Christ, justified. Christ accepts those who are unacceptable and receives those who are rejected. I am filled with gratitude that He accepts me.
When we allow the Holy Spirit to teach us the depth of our sin and the dear price paid for those sins we will not be able to help but resist pride, recognize His mercy and love Him with all our being.
What about you? Did you listen to Nancy’s message on pride? Did you read the convicting list? Has God used you in spite of your weakness? Encourage others by commenting below.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
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