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Click Here. How Jesus liberates us from the most powerful deception of all time—pride. About 10 years ago I noticed a disturbing trend: My friends and family started pointing out my receding hairline. I thought. I just had a little thinning up top. But a month later, a barber held up the mirror to the back of my head, and there it was: a large bare spot.
But maybe the mirror was defective. Maybe it was just the light. Philosophers and theologians have a simple word for our quiet but stubborn refusal to see the bad stuff about ourselves: self-deception. So rather than listen, we find creative ways to smother that voice. According to the Bible, self-deception is a symptom of a far more serious spiritual disease—pride.
Pride blinds or at least seriously distorts what we choose to see about God, others, and ourselves. Jesus had a sharp warning for people with this kind of self-deceptive pride. In other words, pride leads to a lethal form of self-deception that causes us to overestimate our spiritual progress and underestimate our sin and its consequences.
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Having self-confidence, taking pleasure in a job well done, or admitting your strengths is not pride. Eventually our pride-fueled self-deception wreaks havoc on our soul. Consider King David. At one point in the biblical story 2 Sam. His approval rating hovers near percent. Spring is in the air, and David decides he can finally let the young generals fight his battles. David feels as if he has arrived. Then one afternoon, while taking a little stroll on the palace rooftop, David eyes a beautiful woman bathing.
Finally, the prophet Nathan dismantles this pompous charade with a missile of a one-liner: David, you are that man. The same can be said of fictional characters. In her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Olive KitteridgeElizabeth Strout weaves together 13 portraits of a self-deceived retired schoolteacher.
Olive is a big, blunt, controlling woman who seems oblivious to the ways she plows over people. For anything. Both the historical David and the fictional Olive fit the definition of pride offered by C. Pride is indeed As My Ornaments Hide - Human Disease - Our Flesh Deception. It hurts others and damages my soul. It is sleepless. It never stops trying to wheedle its way into the hearts of even good, religious people.
It is unsmiling. Even Peter was clueless about his own nature and had no idea he was about to deny his Lord three times Luke Proud people act like a human pufferfish, blowing themselves up with As My Ornaments Hide - Human Disease - Our Flesh Deception so they look big or fierce or important. Pride makes buffoons out of all of us. But God can. When I As My Ornaments Hide - Human Disease - Our Flesh Deception that my pride is too much for me, that I will struggle with it for the rest of my life, I can turn Love Is Blue (MRICKY & Danieli Radio) - Aloha - Love Is Blue / Paradise God.
Turning to Him is the first step and the next step and the next on the long road to humility. If God is really there for me, I can actively and humbly seek out the truth about my life. But let Me get you started: Take these words and just pray them back to Me.
God wants to As My Ornaments Hide - Human Disease - Our Flesh Deception this prayer. The book also emphasizes one particular way to stifle our pride: We should let others speak truth into our life even when it hurts Prov. If someone else calls you a donkey, start pondering his words.
About 10 years ago an older man whom I admire spoke some hard truth into my life. He identified a sinful pattern I was too proud to address. I bought the saddle. Wise people—unproud people—get feedback constantly, even about the deepest, most personal areas of their life.
Every Christian has the best resource to heal the disease of prideful self-deception: the gospel. Why are we so proud and self-deceived? Why do we get defensive, when our sin including our pride gets exposed? Why do we blow up like a pufferfish to ward off God and others?
But the gospel is also the story of how Jesus lived and died and rose again to save the whole lot of us spiritually below-average people. What if she and everyone like her—including me could hear hard but honest words about her sin and respond by speaking the gospel to herself: I am clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
So, like Him, I am the beloved of God. Christ has borne all of my sin on the cross. In all my brokenness, God the Father has lavished me with grace. Tell me how to love you better. Instead, we get grounded in reality, and that sets us free beyond anything we could imagine. In Touch Ministries makes reasonable and customary efforts, in accordance with the highest ministry and communications industry standards, to preserve your privacy, and the security of any information you may choose to transmit to us.
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