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Me or Jesus?

❤ “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature (Saul), because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart (David).” ~ I Samuel 16:7

Authenticity 101: I am neither tall, dark nor handsome. Thus, it wasn’t unusual for my being one of the last ones picked as a team member. I never went to Senior Prom or Homecoming either.

My senior year in High School, the Captain of the Cheerleaders squad stopped me in in a hallway, looked me in the eyes and said, “You would be one of the cutest guys in school if you weren’t so short!” (Sigh…)

My college business professor told me in front of the whole classroom, “You have brains, wit and improvisational skills far superior to most I know in the business world. The only thing holding you back is that you are not six foot tall. (Sigh…)

When I came to saving faith in Jesus Christ – the Spirit began showing me just how skewed the world really is – measuring a man by his outward appearance; what he looks like, how much money he has, his career path and the such. God however, cares for none of these things; rather favoring what a man possesses inwardly; richness toward Him, a contrite and humbled heart, a self-awareness of one’s own frailty and propensity toward sin and an acute need to thank God for His good mercies and graces given daily.

I have lived more a life than most men would live in three lifetimes. I’ve touched the beauty of relationship, adventure, career and fellowship and even His wisdom. The Lord has held nothing back from me; also allowing my wandering; being torched by my pride, desire and the resultant consequences that followed.

Let’s just say that I am no longer impressed with a woman’s outward beauty if that is all she can bring to a relationship. Nor am I impressed with a man’s business resume’; if he cannot also bring mercy, integrity or ethic to the table.

As for me personally? I don’t want to be that old man preoccupied with my physical or financial appearance for others sake. I want them to see Jesus in me. Nothing else.

“Father? Help me to run to the finish line. I see it more clearly now than at any other time in my life. I won’t make it without you sustaining me, guiding me and empowering me to the end. I need you more today than I ever realized previously. You have been kind, gracious and Holy towards me from the very first day I believed. Keep my in your firm grip. Thank you for affirming your value of me as an adopted son and friend. I love you so. In Jesus Name. Amen!” 💕

Pride Goes Before Destruction

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“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18)

This is the middle verse of the entire book of Proverbs, and, in view of the obviously structured original verse divisions throughout the book, it may well have been divinely designed as such. In any case, the sin of pride is so deadly, it is appropriate that a solemn warning concerning it should be placed here right at the heart of God’s book of true wisdom.

The sin of pride was the primeval sin of Satan: “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness” (Ezekiel 28:17). It was the sin by which Satan led Adam and Eve to fall. “Ye shall be as gods” (Genesis 3:5), he had said.

It is always the “easily besetting” sin of Christian leaders, especially those who have assumed such leadership prematurely. “Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil” (1 Timothy 3:6). Even Jesus was 30 years old before He began to teach.

Though pride is not named as such in the Ten Commandments, in reality it is implied in the very first one. “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). The essence of all false religion is evolutionary humanism—worshipping and serving the creature more than the Creator (Romans 1:25).

Pride and unbelief are two sides of the same coin. When men and women refuse the word of their Creator, it is fundamentally because they want to be their own “gods,” as did Adam and Eve.

Human pride is the hidden root of humanism, and of evolutionism, and of “every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God” (2 Corinthians 10:5). It is the very essence of the sin nature which we have inherited from our first parents.

How carefully we need to guard against this secret sin of pride. If we do not, it will inevitably lead to humiliation and defeat. HMM

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