Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Truth About Pride

Several years ago, I asked the Lord if there was any redeeming value whatsoever in pride.

He said no.  Lots of people struggle with that truth.

But what the Lord further explained to me is that pride, at its very foundation, is based on a lie - because use of the term and its forms, in effect, proclaims the speaker as the ultimate "source" of blessing, provision, or accomplishment, etc.
 Thankfully, we serve a gracious, omniscient Creator, and He knew my queries wouldn't stop there.

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For example, I've heard obviously sincere, loving fathers refer to their daughters as "their shining pride", and their words melted my heart.  So, naturally, I brought that specific statement before God in further quest for His Truth. I thought, how could that clear expression of love be a lie?  Knowing that I craved truth WAY more than "being right", God told me very simply that the father's love, per se, wasn't a lie; the problem lay in his erroneous use of the word "pride" to express his heartGod said that, actually, what that dad's heart felt toward his daughter was JOY - not pride.  His daughter gave him intense delight and constant reason to rejoice at her very existence.  He considered his daughter a gift and treasured his God-given stewardship over her.  But the Lord was the true Source of everything he relished about their relationship. The tender heart God furnished within her enabled supernatural wisdom (and therefore) obedience to be applied to her life's dealings, which thoroughly delighted her dad. But GOD Himself Sourced every component of righteousness within her.  He also Sourced the counseling tongue of her father in teaching her righteous ways.
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of Lights, with Whom there is no variation or shadow of turning."  (James 1:17)
If we truly believe every word of this verse, we can never accept "pride" in any form as kindred to our spirits, and glorying and boasting (as scripture also states) can only be truthfully done of knowing the Lord. There is no such thing as "good" pride and "bad" pride from which to choose, for it is total untruth that anyone or anything other than God could ever be a genuine "source" of anything good or perfect in existence.  Righteousness is birthed by God alone.  All created beings, spirits, or entities are (or have been) merely recipients and grateful stewards of His bounty.
"For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?" (1 Cor. 4:7)
God is Love, and Love is not boastful or puffed up.  So even God Himself didn't convey prideful sentiment towards His very own Son Jesus at His baptism but, instead, expressed His pleasure and - more precisely translated - "delight" in the person of Christ, in alignment with His critical and eternal desire to be our perfect Example in all things. Friends, that's truth enough for me!  Bless His Holy, Patient Name!

Also, I believe it would be remiss of me not to point out what the tragic, delusional embrace of pride did to the former "anointed cherub who covered" the very Throne of God.  There is no story more simultaneously wretched, heartbreaking, and rife with admonition than his, IMO. Senseless and willful union with pride, looking to himself as source, left Lucifer bereft of every single element of beauty, magnificence, and glorious intention God had bestowed upon him.  Period.
"Thus says the Lord: Let not the wise and skillful person glory and boast in his wisdom and skill; let not the mighty and powerful person glory and boast in his strength and power; let not the person who is rich [in physical gratification and earthly wealth] glory and boast in his [temporal satisfactions and earthly] riches;
But let him who glories glory in this: that he understands and knows Me [personally and practically, directly discerning and recognizing My character], that I Am the Lord, Who practices loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord." 
(Jer. 9:23-24, AMP)
I thoroughly bless the Lord for His unfailing Truth and Love and Honesty.

Daddy's Girl

"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)