Thursday, 12 September 2013

Pride Of The Worm

Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

      There is an ugliness about pride and it can look so ugly that it has a stench to it. As my uncle with a strong French accent says, "Pride is hugglly." There is a pride, however, that is even uglier, and that is the pride of the worm. This is a reverse pride that is always in contrary to what God is saying about us. God says, we are the righteousness of God through Christ. 2 Cor. 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 
      The reverse pride says, "Oh no, I'm just a sinner saved by grace." God says, "He loves us as equally as he loves Jesus." John 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Reverse pride says, "Oh no, how could God love a person like me," and so on and so on. 
      These people beat themselves up and bring themselves down and are harder on themselves then God is, all in the name of trying to be humble. In reality putting on a performance of "The pride of the worm," coming to a church near you. These people become proud of their unworthiness and it manifests into false humility.
      Where pride will cause most people to be arrogant and haughty, reverse pride will cause one to react in fear and laziness. This is the case with the servant who was charged with investing a talent of gold. Matt. 25:24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ 26-A “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! 
      God will keep building us up and keep helping us grow toward what He knows we can be. If we keep undermining the word of the Lord and His leading in our lives, we end up in a perpetual saga of crawling like a worm through our Christian life, always a victim and not a victor. 
      Whether we believe it or not, God thinks and knows we are His children washed in the blood of His Son and that is our position by grace. We cannot keep saying this is not so by trying a humanistic type of humbleness. We are what the word of God says we are. The sooner we accept that fact and begin to live within the freedom of the word, the sooner we will be like the servant who was given ten talents. We will become the loved children who go on to rule ten cities in humble appreciation of God's grace.
      We need to stop this false humility and break forth into the joy of the Lord which is our strength. We need to start singing a new song of belief to our mighty God and savior. Psalm 40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
      Father, In Jesus name I humble myself by believing what your word says who I am in Christ. Amen.

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