Saying Yes to Compassion & No to Pride…
You know my friends there are many shades to every person, all of us, I think we all have the potential to be either really awesome or really awful or some where in between. Most of us fall on the scale of awesome in some places and then maybe awful in a few others. I call that normal.
Myself? well let’s just say if there were to be shortage on diet coke and coffee the same day I have a migraine watch out. Let us pretend this shortage and migraine come just the very day after I have been up all night cramming for a test or with my kids during a stomach virus epidemic it would produce quite possibly the very worst version of me. I am not going to be the usual outgoing joyful lady I tend to be. No No just the opposite. But I know this. The fact that I know my weaknesses gives me the advantage. Do you know your weaknesses? Let’s talk another scenario what if it is that time in the month where as a woman it is a rough time…girl you know what I am saying? Then there just happens to be a pan of brownies on the stove. It is a recipe for sin for some of us. I will be like please some one get that pan away from me. But again I know this about me that gives me the advantage. Advantage over who? The enemy our adversary the devil. You better believe he knows your weaknesses just like mine. He has weaknesses too like exposure, praise, and truth. I like exposing the schemes of the enemy for what they really are trickery. Tricks to get us to hurt ourselves or others.
But given the right circumstances and depending on the area of life that we are being tested in it can make for what I call flesh take over. In a flesh takeover two things happen.
1. We act in a way that is sinful even when we know it is wrong during a moment of weakness. Afterward any number of things start trying to take root with out us noticing. It is insidious. A type of evil that sneaks in a little at a time. The two things I have seen trying to take root in most people even me after these episodes of weakness has been either pride, or insecurity. Then worst of all the flesh takeover doesn’t end there. There is the second thing that happens to try to cause further destruction.
2. We either more deeply hurt ourselves because we fall under condemnation from the insecurity; or our pride causes us to deeply would someone else. I can’t say which is worse I know I hate them both. I also know that when we give in to either pride or insecurity we place ourselves in an open war way for battle unarmed. Do not think yourself or another person to be your enemy. You have one enemy. No matter how it feels.
The word says:
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12
So how do we overcome? How do we stop this? Most of all how can you and I be encouraged? First and foremost in any moment of weakness know that you are human. I am not condoning sin nor am I giving you the go ahead to be hateful or eat that pan of brownies. What I am saying is that God loves you. I know he loves me. Remember no one is perfect or with out sin. When you mess up quickly take it to God. Better yet go to God in that center stage where sin makes it’s grande entrance. He will give you a way out.
Here is a few things that the bible says about pride to many for me to post them all (main point-um…be scared to be proud God hates it) :
Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished.- Proverbs 16:5
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips. -Proverbs 27:2
Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. Proverbs 26:12
Here is what it says for those who struggle with the insecurity (yep I feel ya girl same here but these help me):
You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you. Song of Solomon 4:7
And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14
For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. James 1:20
Now I have to stop here on this last verse. You see it has been my experience that during a flesh takeover of my own the enemy will strategically place a person who struggles with pride in my presence. Why? because my sin increases their pride and their judgement fuels my insecurity (Or at least it used to). But I the attack can be stopped! I have one word for you COMPASSION. Compassion can cancel any assignment from the enemy quicker than you can say praise the Lord. Now we can’t force a prideful person to have compassion but we can have compassion on ourselves and pray in intercessory for their pride to be broken.
Today that is what I want ask of you. I want to ask you plant a seed of compassion starting with your self. Then through your prayer for those who do pass judgement sow more seeds of compassion. When you see a brother or sister in Christ casting down on another believer for their short comings sow compassion with another perspective. Pride can make us blind. Insecurity can make us blind. Both make us blind to God’s truths about who we are and who the people in our lives were created to be. Both are similar in their lack of trust in God and that they both start with sin. If your reading this it stops here. I believe it.
My prayer for you today:
Dear Lord, Please help my brothers and sister who read this to know they are not alone. Help them remember they are loved. God I know you are working in us and we are becoming better everyday. Thank you God that we are not who we used to be. Let know root of insecurity or pride break out in our lives. Those struggling now may their eyes be opened. Let them be healed. May you enable us to stand firm against any flesh takeover in the name of Jesus. – Amen
May you be blessed and encouraged!
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