Pride Is A Heart Idol Part Two

James 4:6 says, “But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Verse 10 says, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” As the Holy Spirit was speaking these things into my heart, He reminded me of something.

In 1983 I was still really a mess from falling into the ravine. I was crying out inside for someone to notice me and help me. I would dialogue about this in my heart. When I had a certain person in my mind, I would ask the Lord to have them call me. If they didn’t I would get angry. Immature? Yes, but did you recognize the pride of my heart?  No one knows what we are thinking unless we tell them.

Pride blocks grace. Paul recognized that his thorn-trial was keeping him from conceit. The Lord will use any instrument He needs to in order to conform us to His will and ways. We must guard our heart from despising His means to do it.

Think about one who sculptures stone. It might be the 100th blow with their chisel, before they can release what their intended shape is to be. I know that the Lord has used my multiple brain injuries as His tool to shape my character to be more like Him.

Read these words carefully to pick out the pride. Romans 20-21 says, “But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, Why have you made me like this?”

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