Detox: Week 3 - Pride - Day 4

Opening Prayer:

Heavenly father, I thank you for this day and for the opportunities you place before me every day.  Thank you for your word that comforts me.  Help me to use the time you have given me wisely.  I pray that your holy spirit would guide me in all that I say and do today.  Amen.     

Read: Obadiah 1:3 (NKJV)

“The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, who can bring me down to the ground?”

 

Reflect:

The Edomites were descendants of Jacob's twin brother, Esau.  They lived in the fortified city of Petra. When they saw the land of Judah overtaken they did not lift a hand to help.  If fact, they celebrated Judah’s destruction and even went in and plundered their possessions. They were a people who were self-sufficient and trusted completely in their own abilities, possessions, status and strengths. Because of their pride and cruel treatment of Judah, God eventually had them destroyed. 

 

Apply:

What do we do when we see self-pride? How do we overcome it? The first step is to identify our faults. In Psalms 139:23 – 24, David asked God to search his heart and see if there was any wickedness in him. Then he pursued God’s direction. As David humbled himself, the Lord lifted him up.  In I John 1:9 we confess and he cleanses. It is his work not ours. We are to obey him and walk in his ways. How can we be obedient if we don't listen to his still small voice? How can we know his will if we don't spend time in his word? How can we walk in his ways if we are surrounded by busyness? Stop and regroup by listening to his voice and focusing on his word.

 The enemy strives for our focus. He doesn't care what we think about as long as it's not God. He is the only true enemy and everything, every thought, and every motive of his is to separate us from our heavenly father. Not because he cares about us, but because he despises God.  As the Edomites focused on their self-sufficiency and were doing what seemed right in their own eyes, their pride separated them from God and eventually resulted in their demise. We need to look at our situation from a Godly perspective. Ask God to reveal our weaknesses and submit to his leading. It is only through him that we can have freedom from ourselves.

 

Closing Prayer:

Lord, help me to always put my trust in you only, and to always rely on your leading.  Help me to be mindful of putting others before myself and that it is not my will but your will be done.  Amen.

Terry Schneider