Emotional Fillers

The Holy Spirit dropped these two words into my heart for another chapter in my book: DeFlating Pride.


In 1973 I began having horrendous headaches. Nothing would take them away. I went to a specialist who gave me a glucose tolerance test. Yes, I was having severe low blood sugar symptoms.


He put me on a special diet. No more sugar! I thought I would come unglued. Sugar was a staple in my life—I thought.


This doctor taught me to look for preservatives in the food I was buying. Fillers and additives that would keep the food from spoiling were abundant. He also taught me to look for supplements that had no fillers. Looking at every ingredient before I bought something slowed down my shopping experience.


What he didn’t teach me was to look for emotional fillers. What was going on emotionally at that time? As I think back to those years, I filled my life with as much busyness as I could. I connected my radio to the front door switch. The moment I entered my house I’d flip the switch on to produce instant noise.


I gave gifts of things I desired myself. I became what I wished others would do for me. I filled my void with anything I could find. Yet I remained unfulfilled.

The bottom line—I was emotionally empty. Pride had taught me to bury my emotional pain.

Unchangeable Truth Part Two


We stand in grace. It is our eternal position. Yet, we walk in His grace daily for the empowerment of our progressive sanctification.


John 17 was Jesus’ prayer just before He went to the cross. Verse 17 says, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” Verse 19 says, “And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.”

Sanctify means to set apart. Walking in the truth’s of God’s word, daily applying it to our lives, exemplifying His character, and speaking truth in our hearts is our breath.


Experiential truth nourishes our spirit. Truth on the printed page is just that. We must believe the truth, and incorporate it into our thought processes. Until then, it will not bring the dramatic inner transformation needed to derail our strongholds of pride.


Our minds still have to be renewed from our old beliefs, lies, and mindsets. Those strongholds will only be destroyed through His implanted word. Ephesians 4:23 Amplified says, “And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind (having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude).”

Unchangeable Truth

The Lord is Truth. John 14:6 is truth we can live in experientially because it applies to every aspect of our lives. It says, “…I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”


Think back to your salvation experience. You were going the way of the world, you only knew the lies of satan, and you were separated from God.


Every thought you had was futile. Each thought that came from your heart was deceitful. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” We didn’t know. We were ignorantly bound to satan’s slave block of sin.


Then one day you heard the truth. Your heart responded and you accepted Jesus as your personal Savior and made Him Lord of your life.


Ephesians 1:13 is a great description. It says, “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in who also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.”


You experienced a radical transformation called ‘justification.’ Romans 5:1-2 says, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

Visual Contrasts Part Two

Psalm 25 is one of my favorites. Verses 4-5 say, “Show Me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.”


Pride does not wait but forges ahead. The heart who humbly waits on the Lord reaps countless benefits. God’s timing is impeccable.


Isaiah 64:4 says, “…who acts for the one who waits for Him.”


Isaiah 30:18 says, “Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him.”


Isaiah 40:31 says, “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up0 with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”


David wrote about waiting. Psalm 27:13-14 says, “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!”

It is good to remember that we are an open book. The ‘words’ folks around us read either exemplify the Lord, or taint our testimony. Let us honor Him through our words and actions.

Visual Contrasts

One who walks in pride or humility is evidenced through their body language, their speech, and their actions. As we have seen, pride walks in disobedience with arrogant disregard to God’s word and ways.


Saul was supposed to wait for Samuel for seven days. When Samuel didn’t show up when Saul thought he should, he took matters into his own hands. As soon as he completed something in his own timing, Samuel showed up.


1 Samuel 13:13-14 says, “And Samuel said to Saul, You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you. For now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever.


But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart…because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”


How we error when we step out ahead of the Lord. What have you forfeited through your impatience? We do well to remember Moses’ example.

The path of obedience is strewn with grace. Therefore only the humble walk on it. We prosper when we wait for His timing. David wrote many Psalms that we can use his wording as our own personal prayers.

Follow The Leader

John 16:13-15 says, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”


When we decide to take matters into our own hands, the Holy Spirit will be right there to nudge us. If we heed His nudging, He will help us course-correct. If we ignore Him, He may bring others to remind us that the way of the transgressor is hard.


Proverbs 10:17 Amplified says, “He who heeds instruction and correction is (not only himself) in the way of life (but also) is a way of life for others. And he who neglects or refuses reproof (not only himself) goes astray (but also) causes to err and is a path of ruin for others.”


Strong warning. Our example of how we conduct our lives influences others, for good or for evil. We either humbly exemplify the Lord, or we trumpet our pride.

The Lord is our Shepherd. Psalm 23:2-3 says, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Paths of righteousness will lead us into circumstances that will help our thoughts, purpose, and actions to conform to His will.


We will personally experience His leading as we daily read His word. We will become more familiar with His ways. I love John 10. There are so many rich truths to anchor my soul. It is the contrasting picture of our Shepherd versus a hireling. Verse 3 says, “To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.”
Verse 27 says, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” Isaiah 43:1 says, “…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.”

We are His and He is ours for eternity! John 10:28 says, “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. Secured forever in His love.

Obedience Is Birthed In Humility Part Two

Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”


Isaiah 53:4 says, “Sure He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.”


He alone has the power and ability to carry our burdens. We become battle weary when we carry a burden that is not ours to carry. He knows every hidden burden in our heart because He already bore it.


Hebrews 4:15 says, “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”


That is why He bids us to come to Him and exchange our heavy burden. His burden is light when we are yoked to His will.

Matthew 11:29-31 says, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”


I love Hebrews 4:9-10 which gives a great definition for true rest. It says, “There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from His works as God did from His.”

This acrostic spells out the simplicity of rest:
Releasing

Everything

Simply

Trusting

Obedience Is Birthed In Humility

Jesus is our example of pure wholehearted obedience. I quoted Philippians 2:8 earlier. Jesus humbled Himself to become obedient to dying on the cross. Verse 7 says, “But made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.”


Hebrews 5:7-8 says, “Who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.”


1 Peter 2:23 helps us understand how to follow His example. It says, “Who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.”


Committed is a keyword for us. Pride will not commit anything to the Lord. It takes humility to bow our heart in order to commit our lives to the Lord. First for salvation, then for our daily walk.

Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.” I love this verse. The word ‘commit’ is a picture of a loaded camel. When it is ready to release its load, it kneels down, rolls over, and his burden is removed.


What a vivid picture for us. The Lord is our Burden Bearer. We roll off our burdens through a humble kneeling heart.

Disobedience Is Rooted In Pride Part Two

Deception is one of satan’s primary weapons. If he can get us to believe his lies, he can build a stronghold of pride in our hearts. He knows that our faith pleases the Lord. Therefore he wants to rule in our heart through the things that will destroy our faith.


Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” We see this played out in Saul. 1 Samuel 15 is the narrative. I would encourage you to read it. Watch how pride rises up in Saul’s heart when he is questioned by Samuel.


1 Samuel 15:23 says, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord…”


There is the crux of disobedience—rejecting God’s word. It is only through His word that we learn how to obey Him.


Here are seven great verses to help us recognize and understand the power of His word at work. Psalm 119:1-7 says, “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity; they walk in His ways. You have commanded us to keep Your precepts diligently. Oh, that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes! Then I would not be ashamed, when I look into all Your commandments. I will praise You with uprightness of heart, when I learn Your righteous judgments.”


Here is another one that David wrote. Psalm 19:7 says, “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.”

As we hide God’s word in our heart, it becomes His tool to convert our thoughts from proud to humble. His word is truth that will hone our thoughts to align with His will and ways.

Disobedience Is Rooted In Pride

Why do we disobey? The I in prIde rebels against God. We see this in satan. Isaiah 14:12-14 says, “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations!


For you have said in your heart: I will ascend into heaven. I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north;


I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.”


Ephesians 2:2 says, “In which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air who now works in the sons of disobedience.”


This prince of the power of the air influences through deception. We have to remember Colossians 2:15 which says, “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” Jesus died to set us free from satan’s sin-block of slavery.


John 8:44 says, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”