Whats up guys,
I want to talk about something that might be hard or easy to handle, that all depends on YOU! I can’t count how many times I have heard people talk about how important a relationship with God is or how much we should be praying. I actually had a guy that I had never met before come up to me and tell me that I don’t pray enough. (Excuse me?!) In my mind I was thinking, “Really man you don’t even know me, how do you know how much I pray every day?”. So badly my human nature wanted to just tell this guy off right? But, thankfully the Holy Spirit kicked was there to help me keep my cool. I realized a little later that it was pride making me feel that way. At the time I felt like I had a good relationship with God. I might not have studied my Bible as much as I should have, but hey, I talked to God all day and that was good enough. (or so I thought) There are so many different kinds of pride that I never really knew were considered prideful. I know as men its natural to have pride but the real issue is recognizing what is good and what is bad.
” Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.”
– Proverbs 13:10
i know there were points that I couldn’t stand taking advice from people, and I even still have a hard time with it once in awhile. Now, try having your wife give you advice and see how that makes you feel. Let me guess, “I am the man and I got this who needs stupid instructions” or “how do you know how I feel? You are not me.” If you can take a step back, humble yourself and take the advice, even if you do know how to do it, you will see some huge results in beating down the pride that tries to take over.
” A man’s pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.” Proverbs 29:2
” The eyes of the arrogant man will be humbled and the pride of men brought low; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.” Isaiah 2:11
” Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.”
-James 4:10 (NLT)
Sometimes swallowing the pill of humility can make us feel like garbage too, pitiful, embarrassed, or even angry. But it’s in those low moments that can really start to shed light on the man of honor God intended you to be. You just need to be open when God is trying to show you that.
“Your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God.”
I have watched this happen to people close to me. It’s heart breaking to watch people drift away from God. It seems like when we think things are going good in our lives, we tend to leave God behind, because we feel like we don’t need Him anymore. (Things are good God, I got this now, peace out.) When in reality in those good moments, we need to press into God to keep from being tempted to drift away.
“Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load. ” Galatians 6:4
“Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor”.
We shouldn’t be boastful about things that we can do, things we have done or things we are going to do. You should always test things with the word of God and leave it there. When we compare against others it allows Satan to have a open door to cause problems in our lives
“The LORD Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty, for all that is exalted (and they will be humbled)”. -Isaiah 2:1
“I will break down your stubborn pride.”- Leviticus 26:19
“The eyes of the arrogant man will be humbled and the pride of men brought low; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.”- Isaiah 2:11
“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
So, to wrap everything up, we need to be very careful with pride. It all comes down to our actions once again. If we can’t receive input from others with grace and maturity, then this is an area that really needs to be worked on in our lives, and in our relentless pursuit of the love of God. It’s so important than we take heed to what the word of God says about pride and humility, and start being deliberate in applying it to our personal lives. It will help out so much just in your home, in your relationships with your wives and children.
Just now, as I was sitting down writing this post, my 16 year old daughter came up and started discussing things with my wife and I about a friend of hers, and her boyfriend. It felt so good to know that I have been starting to set an example for her to follow on what kind of man she needs to look for. I told her that she should never settle for less than a man who is relentlessly pursuing Gods love, so he can lead her in her own relentless pursuit of Gods love.
This is so important, because if our relationship with God is not strong, then our marriage is going suffer. (Believe me, it will suffer)… As dumb as the personal mistakes I have made might make me feel with my older daughters, with a good sum of humility in becoming the father God has created me to be, they get an example of who the deserve in a husband.
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Keep up the good fight in relentlessly pursuing the love of God, your wife and your family.