Sunday, September 2, 2007

SELF


Aah , an old enemy showed up tonight in "pals", he postured in a most benevolent light, masking as a "caring" soul, giving the "appearance" of humility. He said in a most Christlike manner, words of comfort while in reality, he was trying to seat himself AGAIN on the throne of this man's heart. He even looked out my driver's window as I went into the drive-thru at Dairy Queen, hoping the people would notice the car that I drive. I could feel his presence, but did nothing to stop it. I could have immediately retired to a quiet place and asked the Lord to keep me humble, to have asked the Holy Spirit to sit on the throne of this man's heart, mind and soul.
So, SELF had his few moments again, vanity and pride , even spiritual pride raised his selfish head once again - It has been awhile since I seen him, he came un-invited --
An old enemy indeed. I did repent and peace rules this heart that I need to "guard".
passing-thru

13 comments:

Pilot Mom said...

Pride is the foundational basis for all sin. And the thing about it is it happens so fast. I mean, in less than a milli-second I can think in my mind a judgmental thought about some stranger in passing. Was I planning on doing that? No...I would have been aghast if the Lord had told me I would do something like that in the next 30 minutes. Then, BOOM! I look, I think...BAM...there it was. I, who have no idea what that person's life is about, what their day has even held for them, thinks some thought which in its very essence is elevating myself above them. Oh we people are so arrogant, so self-centered. And yet we need so desperately to be humble.

I mean, after all, what is really important in life? When all is said and done, what is going to last? (Besides our trust in Christ) Revelation 3:3 says,..."and the throne of God and of the Lamb will in it [heaven], and His bond-servants will serve Him." That's what is in heaven...God, Christ and us--the bond-servants---doing the will of God.

Now, think back to Acts 13:22 where God Himself gives testimony about David. "...He [God] raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He [God] also testified and said, 'I have found David the son of Jesse, A MAN AFTER MY HEART, who will do all My will."

What does it mean to do God's will? Set aside my own selfish desires. Be clothed in humility. Oh my goodness. Lord, I beseech you to forgive me whenever I think more of myself than I should!!! May I view everyone as You see them, reaching out to them in compassion, willing to share You with any in need of spiritual well-being.


Oops. I have gotten carried away. This post touched a nerve in me today. All day I have been pondering the sin of pride and this just exploded out of me. I'm sorry for getting on my "soap box." Please forgive. I don't want to sound like I am preaching....

hebrews 11:1 said...

Oh, please Pilot Mom...get on your soap box whenever you want, because I love reading your inspring, encouraging, and challenging post and comments! This is an excellent comment of yours. It is SO TRUE, we just think it, and we never thought we would have such an ugly thought!

I have struggled with pride all my life, with my mom constantly reminding me of it all my childhood. She does not say much now, but I doubt that is because I have gotten any better. And if any Pal thinks that I wrote something out of place, please do tell me so.

God bless you all,
LPP

passing-thru said...

Nothing to forgive -- everything to say THANKS --- its preaching like this that keeps us from many woes --- yes, Claire , that old enemy crept in -- a little thing some may say, but I could "tell" the differene, Self wanted to be "noticed" --- GOOD STUFF CLAIRE --- under the Annointing , words flow that edify the Church and Glorify OUR GOD

David Warren Fisher said...

Bob:

That is sooooooooo strange! I met up with the same guy today as well. I hate it when he shows up.
Often he comes disguised as an angel of light.

Anyhow, it's always refreshing to read your posts.

Love you, bro!

David

passing-thru said...

Thanks brother David -- I always enjoy hearing from U --

LORD BLESS U and CAROL

hebrews 11:1 said...

Good night, Pals!

Enjoy the holiday Monday...if you do have the day off. We will be enjoying the day with my dad, who --Thank God-- has the day off! They are so stingy with holidays at his work, it is silly. He still has one owed him!

God bless you all,
LPP

Pilot Mom said...

*laughing* WoW! I can't believe the response already! You are like vultures sitting on the fence waiting to pounce! Lol!

Goodnight LPP!

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passing-thru said...

Nite Heb ! have a good two weeks away --- Lord Bless -- and I will bring the cloak before winter comes

Vicki said...

But your identity is now in Christ, so your flesh is not who you *really* are anymore....it's Christ IN you, the hope of glory.

susanwalkergirl said...

Talk about convicting Bob! Recently God has been dealing with me and revealing to me just how prideful I am. I never thought of my self in that fashions. I don't have great look, or wealth, or position or intellect...so what would I have to be prideful about. Well...my good old sin nature will not be deterred from pride just because I lack what the world values as worthy and deserving of honor and praise.

Oh Lord help me please! Having that high view of Jesus Christ...and low view of me...will help keep things in balance. I can only do that through drawing close to God...through the reading of His word and prayer. When I draw close to Him...then it's difficult to remain prideful because I see Him for who and what He is.

Thanks Bob...for the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. Lord Bless...Susan

passing-thru said...

Lord Bless U this new Day in Christ - to the Susans' , the Vickis' the Claires' the Davids' - all good feedback and truths -- yes we are New Creations in Christ - and Rom 8:1 does apply , and as Claire said in her "firery exposition" - "we are so self centered" --- lol -- only teasing U, Pilot Mom -- but truly as she said, "we need so desperately to be humble" We all do well I think until too much praise or attention is so cunningly sent our way and then the "beast" stirs within us - BUT THANKS BE TO GOD , we do have Victory , for nothing is Greater than the Blood applied, FOR ALL OUR NEEDS ---

Vicki said...

Good thoughts, wonderful truth. Nite everybody!