Friday, September 30, 2016

TO BE FREE FROM PRIDE, by Dan Mayfield

David said he was free from pride. "1 O LORD, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; Nor do I involve myself in great matters, Or in things too difficult for me. 2 Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child rests against his mother, My soul is like a weaned child within me. 3 O Israel, hope in the LORD From this time forth and forever." Psalm 131:1-3.
This is the only way to salvation for if there is pride in us, we will fight God and we will fight any man who tells us our faults. David by being humble was ready for Nathan the Prophet to tell him of his sin. When the King was confronted, David responded, "I have sinned against the LORD." 2 Sam. 12:13. Forgiveness and salvation is only possible if we are humble before the LORD.
And what about the sins that are hidden even to us? For none of us are perfect. A humble man will seek for God to make these things known. David said, "Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Ps. 139:23,24.
It's easy to be insulted if we are prideful. It's easy to justify ourselves if we have pride. It's easy to miss the logs in our eyes if we have pride. It's easy to feel superior and better than others if we have pride. It's no wonder that the Scriptures speak so strongly against pride.
"There are six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: a proud look,..." Pro. 6:16-17.
The proud look tells so much. And God is absolutely opposed to it. Let us pray that we get to the place of spiritual maturity that we can say with David, "O LORD, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty."

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