17 Oct Picking a Fight With God
Proverbs 6:16-19 – There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.
Matthew 23:12 – Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
What do you hate? If you were to put together a short list of things you hate—things that make your stomach churn, blood boil, and head ache—what would they be?
Did you know that our loving God has multiple lists of things He hates? The Amplified Bible (amp) translates Proverbs 6:17 as “a proud look [the attitude that makes one overestimate oneself and discount others].”
Not only does God hate pride, but He also declares war on it. If we insist on our way, our fame, our glory, and our best interest, the living God of the universe will work against us in direct opposition. Our pride puts us in this demonic position of picking a fight with God.
We’re all proud in different ways. Some of us think we deserve more money. Some of us think we deserve more respect, comfort, or praise.
Before we use the Bible as binoculars to look at other people, we need to use it as a mirror to look at ourselves. The Bible urges us to humble ourselves because the way up in God’s kingdom is to go low. God’s people are told to humble themselves, and those who do so are recognized for it.
Some people live under the myth that circumstances can humble a person. The truth is, circumstances can humiliate you, but the only thing that can humble you is you.
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