Monday: This coming Sunday we check out the sweet emotion of pride. Pride is a complicated emotion that can be extremely helpful…or extremely harmful. God gives us the ability to feel pride so we can benefit from good pride and avoid the destructiveness of bad pride. Good pride is a desire to do our best, to work hard and to feel great about our work. Bad (or sinful) pride is self centered, boastful, and makes us take credit for everything we are and everything we do instead of giving credit where all the credit is due: with God. Lord, help us learn this emotion. Fill us with Your goodness. Shine through us. In Jesus, amen.
Tuesday: In Ezekiel 28:2, we see how this prophet was sent to the king of Tyre with a. Strong message: “This is what the Lord God says: Your heart is proud, and you have said, “I am a god; I sit in the seat of gods in the heart of the sea.” Yet you are a man and not a god, though you have regarded your heart as that of a god.” Now, our pride might not be THAT bad where we are calling ourself a god, but our pride can still cause us to take credit that doesn’t belong to us. To refuse God the credit knowing “every good and perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17).” Check your heart. Make sure God is who gets all glory. Father, help me stay humble. Lead me. In Jesus Name, amen.
Wednesday: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18).” The Message words this same verse beautifully: “First pride, then the crash - the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.” God goes to great lengths to prove who He is to our stubborn hearts. Allow God to direct your every move. Pray we step up our game and simply follow Him with all our talents and gifts and blessings. Pray we be the blessing needed as we draw folks attention to Him alone. God, help me be all in with You. In Jesus, amen.
Thursday: “All of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time (1 Peter 5:5b-6).” Father, help me remove the cloak of selfishness and pride. Help me go all in with my life and place it in Your care. Fill me to overflowing that I may pour into those around me. In Jesus Name, amen.
Friday: “I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless (Isaiah 13:11).” But wait, preacher man, I’m not ruthless. I may have some pride. I may show some arrogance from time to time…but I ain’t ruthless about it. Please don’t miss the point on pride - There are tons of biblical examples from Genesis 3 with Eve to Acts 12 with king Herod, Daniel 4 with king Nebuchadnezzar to the Pharisee and tax collector in Luke 18. Pray we keep this sweet emotion in check. Pray we learn to handle our pride as God desires before He steps in to handle business for us. Lord, guide my words, my thoughts, my actions. Help me be the good needed. In Jesus Name, amen.
Saturday: While pride comes before a fall, pray we truly learn that humility isn’t thinking less of ourselves…it’s not thinking of ourselves at all. Each and every one of us are blessed and gifted. We all have talents and abilities. Pray we use them for His glory and to help grow His church stronger than ever. Pray we truly be the good needed. Father, here I am. Teach me Your way. In Jesus, amen.