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Deadly arrogance


You save the humble
 but bring low those whose eyes are haughty
Psalms 18:27

It seems incredible that at this point in world history man has not realized the truth of the statement of today’s portion. God hates arrogance, period. How is it that so few people can understand this? In my opinion, the fact that most of humanity still thinks it’s better to be haughty than humble is a clear demonstration of the power of the flesh or sinful nature of man over man. Regardless of socio-economic status, education level, age, gender, nationality or skin color, all human beings are victims of their pride. We can trace the source of pride to no other than the enemy of our souls, Satan, who despite the privileged position that he had within creation he thought everything was a result of his own efforts, wisdom and his perfect beauty. It was because of his beauty that he was filled with pride and because of his splendor that his wisdom was corrupted .

Our sinful nature is a very powerful force which can easily lead us into the sin of pride. Our own strength is not sufficient to overcome this powerful force that threatens the stability of our relationship with God. Only the power of God, which is superior to anything visible or invisible in the universe can overcome and control this dreadful enemy of our holiness. That is why we must rely on God’s power to resist the attacks of our own flesh and of the enemy and come out on top of the test. If we put our trust in anything other than the power of God we will be doomed to failure and pain. Let us entrust, then, every day our life and our relationship with God to him and only to him. Let us recognize his authority and dominion over our lives and let us go forward trusting in his power to protect us from evil. Only to God be the glory!

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Semblance


My eyes are ever on the LORD,
for only he will release my feet from the snare.
Psalms 25:15

Some species were created with the ability to escape from predators by using defense mechanisms that make them look bigger than they really are. Some fish are able to inflate their bodies becoming larger than the mouth of their predator so it cannot capture them. Some lizards and certain snakes flare out the ruff of skin around their necks to simulate that they are larger or more aggressive thus scaring the attacker. Other fish group themselves in shoals or schools to pretend they are larger than the predator. The same goes for many of the problems we must face in this life. The problems that beset us are usually smaller than they appear to be but this is something that we cannot realize at first and we end up gripped by fear. When faced with inconveniences we are used to react in self-defense and concern and worry is part of the mechanism we use to adapt to a crisis. The problems we have to face seem to be as huge and insurmountable as these animals that pretend to be larger than they really are.

The solution for us lies is not focusing on the problem but on He who is able to get us out of the problem. As children of God we can go to our Father to ask for his protection and help. He is a good Father thus he hears us and saves us from the traps. Let us not waste our time and energy fighting the problems with our own strength. Set your gaze in the right place, or rather in the right person, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As soon as our attention is focused on him, all trouble will move into the background and it will no longer look as fierce as it once did. Jesus Christ is the solution to any problem, large or small. He is the Creator, so that there can be nothing that is superior to him. Let us, therefore, take our difficulties and setbacks to the throne of grace of our Lord. To God alone be the glory!

Disdain


those whose eyes are ever so haughty,
whose glances are so disdainful;
Proverbs 30:13

From the moment Satan was able to place the seed of pride in the heart of Eve, man has been characterized, with few exceptions, as being a source of endless pride. Everyone has a reason, however trivial it may seem, to consider themselves better than others and, paradoxically, even those who are most deprived of anything that could become a source of pride always find something by which to feel superior to others. Arrogance is something that is deeply rooted in our nature and it is one of the most difficult things to remove. Pride is the direct cause of xenophobia and those who are victims of this despicable hostility can always find someone to whom they can project a hatred similar to the one they are receiving. Most surprising of all is that many of those who consider that they excel at what they do the vast majority of the time do not possess the qualities they believe they have.

The Lord demands of their children to act with justice, mercy and meekness. The apostle Paul told the Galatians that each one must examine his own behavior and that if anyone had something to boast, not compare it to anyone. And to the Philippians he said that their attitude should be that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Let us follow the example left to us by the Lord Jesus Christ and let’s get rid of any trace of pride that wants to keep rooted in our hearts. Let us submit to the Lord Jesus so he can transform our hearts. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for July 27, 2011


Death and Destruction are never satisfied,
and neither are human eyes.
Proverbs 27:20

Man’s dissatisfaction ─man’s need to fill the void that only God can fill ─ manifests itself in various ways depending on what are the weak areas of a person’s character. Those who fall prey to the temptations of the world ─ fame, money and power ─ show weaknesses such as vanity, greed and ambition depending on what area they are losing ground to the world. Greed and its powerful element of the love of money is what has led multitudes to stray from the path of righteousness that God has prepared for all who hear his voice and follow him.

The philosophy of materialism and its ally, consumerism, have become an integral part of the lifestyle of many in the church and what to say about the rest of humanity who does not know Christ? The mantra of all these people is “You are what you own.” They do not realize that the more they have, the more they want to own. It’s like reaching the top of a mountain only to realize that there is another higher mountain to climb. The other aspect where the eyes of man are insatiable is curiosity. Curiosity by itself is not bad but when we allow it to lead us instead of us controlling it, it will take us to places where we have nothing to gain and much to lose.

Let us keep alert to the temptations of the world and let us not stop watching our own weaknesses. The strength and ability to resist come from God and if we only rely on our own strength our failure will be guaranteed. Let us seek to maintain as close as possible to the Lord and thus avoid deviating from the path of peace and justice that God prepared for us before the creation of the universe. Only in Him we have the victory. To God alone be the glory!