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Pastors Note for December 2012

Posted on Sun, Dec 2, 2012

Overcoming the Pride of Life

Overcoming the Pride of Life

“When pride comes, then shame; but with humility is wisdom” – Proverbs 11:2

Some may have escaped the lust of the flesh and others may elude the lust of the eyes; however, the pride of life may be the most seductive and deceptive of the three “core sources” of sin. Anyone remember the adventure movies of the 60’s and 70’s? One of the most horrific natural traps was the unforgiving grasp of quicksand. Like many things in this world, this colloid hydrogel of fine sand and water is nature’s ultimate deathtrap that makes the unwary traveler think the ground they are about to step on is solid. In a short minute, the one who thought they had a firm stance now finds themselves in the sinking sand of despair. Likewise the world’s snares of lust and pride may often seem like the “human” thing; however, the consequences are often lethal. What may be even more remarkable is the world’s validation and justification of pride. This very thing God warned us to be weary of is the very thing we, ironically, encourage our children, families, and countrymen to practice. “Take pride in what you do” seems to be the common exhortation for those needing advice to advance in their personal prowess or career development. Here it becomes very important to echo the thoughts of Peter (1 Pet 2:11), “Dear friends, I urge you as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires that war against your soul.” These sinful desires cultivated by lust and pride are as deceptive, suffocating, and destructive as quicksand. Let’s keep aware of where we step. When our hearts are engulfed in His righteousness, He will order and direct our steps away from the path of death (Psalm 37:23). My only prayer is this matter is that we all have the uncompromising desire to follow Him.’’

In His Grace,

Pastor Ron Brown

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