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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Humble pie is hard to swallow...

I am reading Humility by CJ Mahaney...what a powerful book!

"Pride is when sinful human beings aspire to the status and position of God and refuse to acknowledge their dependence upon Him."

"Pride lifts up one's heart against God and 'contends for supremacy' with Him."

YIKES! To define pride in this way and then realize how closely it describes yourself is certainly stretching!!

"The proud person seeks to glorify himself and not God, thereby attempting in effect to deprive God of something only He is worthy to receive."

"And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind....

Wow! We truly are SO unworthy, SO hopeless and lost in our foolish pride. The passage doesn't end there though...

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus." ~Ephesians 2:1-7

Praise God for His great love!!