In Psalm 85:6 the psalmist cries out to God with a heart burdened for himself and for the people of God, “Wilt thou not REVIVE US AGAIN: that Thy people may rejoice in thee?” Have you seriously asked yourselves whether or not America needs a revival? Do our churches need a revival? Really, do you individually need a revival in your life? More than likely, you are saying yes to each of these questions. Therefore, please recognize that there is an essential prelude to revival. In II Chronicles 7:14 we read, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Notice the phrase, “If my people … humble themselves.” This coming week, pray over these characteristics of pride
First: We are proud when we think we are better than God knows us to be. It is pride that makes us think that what we know in our head, we possess in our heart. We think we know way more than we actually do. James says in James 1:22, that we deceive ourselves.
Second: Pride makes us want to deal with the respectable rather than the real. "Pray for me, that I will be a better father" is respectable. "Pray for me, for I love myself too much and do not sacrifice that which is important to me for my family's sake" that is real. "Pray for me, that I will be a better wife" is respectable. "Pray for me; I second-guess my husband and subtly do as I want to do" that is real.
Third: Pride deals in generalities rather than specifics. "Lord, please forgive me for my sins" is general. "Lord, forgive me for lying, stealing, saying things to please people, saying things that make me look good" that is specific. One time D. L. Moody told about a lady who came to him asking him to pray for her that she would be able to stop exaggerating. He bowed his head and prayed, "Lord, please forgive this lady, for she is a liar!" She stopped him and said, "I just said exaggerated." Mr. Moody said, "Until you call it what it is, you will never conquer it."
Fourth: Pride is more concerned with what people think than with what God knows. We often spend more time trying to correct what people think of us, the impressions we make, than what God already knows about us. This is so easily seen when are with people we admire and we desire to be seen as good Christians. There is within us a desire to impress people, when God already knows what we actually do.
Fifth: Pride causes us to think we can live apart from Him. This was the sin of the Laodicean church in Revelation 3:17. They were rich and increased with goods and had need of nothing (Rev. 3:17). To think that I could go a day without His blessing and power – how wicked!
Sixth: I am proud when I try to get the best of someone else. I have to have the last word, tell a bigger story or have the last laugh. I must not let anyone better me.
Seventh: When I judge people based on how they treat me and not how they treat the Lord and His work, that is pride. If you and I are serious about having the presence of God upon our lives, then we must take these statements and begin to humble ourselves before God.
May God's blessing be upon you this week as you meditate on the Weekly SERMON from Romans 12:1 on "Promises that Which is Holy".
In His Amazing Grace,
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