Friends, today God has led me to Proverbs 16:18: “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”
Lord, please help me to correctly convey what you want me to today regarding this topic.
Dear child, many ministry and marketplace leaders are prideful. They don’t appear to be prideful to those that they lead, but their heart is infected with pride. Some have mild infections and are easily cured. Some are deeply consumed and have completely lost their way.
Yes, Lord. Sometimes I am prideful. You cure me of this malady when I need it, and I am grateful for your forgiveness and restoration. Your word says: “For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Luke 14:11) Lord, help me to not exalt myself in this world so I can be exalted in Heaven. My wife agreed with me (she is doing this quiet time with me) and said, “Good idea.”
Child, listen to your wife. I have given you a humble wife to help you to be more humble. She is being very helpful to you in avoiding pride and embracing humility.
Father God, thank you for Patty. I am grateful for her willingness to speak into my life and give me the feedback and accountability I need to avoid becoming prideful.
Dear child, spouses are very useful for this, but they have to be given a safe space to speak into the lives of their mates. Continue to give Patty that freedom to hold you accountable and avoid sinful pride. Reflect on this: “In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another because, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’” 1 Peter 5:5-7
Lord, those are beautiful, impactful words of life to live by. Thank you.
Let us all take the following actions to avoid sinful pride:
Dear child, the more time my children spend with me, the more they will avoid pride and achieve true humility.
Your aspiring servant, Daniel M.
November 14, 2023
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