Pride: Heart Idol Part Three

I have a new mentee that is really shy. She hates her looks and covers her mirror. I have another mentee that is struggling with eating disorders. She believes that she is selfish and disgusting. In both cases, they are rebelling against the way God created them to be. Why? Their hearts have an idol of pride that controls them.

What controls us is a definitive statement of what we have allowed through our thoughts because of pride. Whew! What controls us rules our motives. Hebrews 4:12 says that God’s word discerns our thoughts and intentions.

1 Chronicles 28:9 Amplified says, “…For the Lord searches all hearts and minds and understands all the wanderings of the thoughts…” Have you ever allowed your mind to wander aimlessly, or in a direction that you desired a specific outcome? That was exactly what I did in 1983 when I wanted someone to notice me.

I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to help you resist all temptations to let your mind wander. It is futile, which means: fruitless, empty, hollow, unproductive, lacking substance, ineffectual, void of results, and worthless. The moment He sets a check in our spirit, that is the moment to stop. We quench Him when we continually resist through pride.

Pride lusts. It is driven by our flesh, which defiantly resists the Holy Spirit’s leading. Romans 8:5 says, “For those who live according to the flesh, set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”

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