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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

PRIDE

“In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.” Psalm 10:4 (NIV)
WICKED - Evil by nature and in practice.
      Evil men have no desire to think about God, pray to Him or entertain the thought of depending on Him.  They are autonomous in that they live for themselves and their own interests and believe in their heart they are self-sufficient.  God is a crutch for the weak.  The pride of the evil man thinks only how he can get the upper hand on life.  This way of thinking is inspired by the devil, who works hard to keep souls from turning to Christ for redemption.  Their ridicule of godly things is simply a reaction coming from ignorance of whom God truly is.  They are persecutors, purposefully living in direct opposition to God and His decrees. 
     The pride of a man keeps him from God.  “It is hard to pray with a stiff neck and an unbending knee.” 1 “Thousands will die and be damned rather than they will have a pardon upon the sole account of Christ's merits and obedience.” 2 Human pride will be the death of many a man, woman and child. 
     God’s patience is what continues to give evil, prideful men a hope.  Scripture tells us that God doesn’t wish any to perish (2 Peter 3:9).  Even the most heinous sinner has a chance at redemption should he renounce his sinful lifestyle and surrender his will to the One who made him.  If only mankind would stop and think about the reality of things, but the world is spinning like a whirling dervish, going faster and faster as each year passes.  How can we as believers touch these poor souls for Christ?  Sadly, we cannot force them to repent; however, we can pray for the opportunity to be used of God in some small way to allow a light to be turned on in their soul.  The Lord wishes to use us to be Christ to those around us.  Don’t fall into the trap of judging folks by their appearance or their disposition.  Your life may be the only Bible they ever read.  Leave your own pride at the door and enter into a world where Christ’s love can make a pronounced difference.  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resources:  Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary; Charles Spurgeon’s Treasury of David.
1  Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834–1892) was a British Baptist preacher.

2  Sir Lewis Stukley (1552–1620) was an English gentleman and vice-admiral of Devonshire.

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