Monday, May 16, 2005

Spiritual Pride

'Spiritual pride'; it seems to be the resounding word I've been getting. It's one of the easiest traps of the enemy to find ourselves caught in. I believe we're all guilty if we've been a believer for any amount of time. As soon as we find ourselves humbled, we quickly begin to be proud of our great humility. We are a proud people. If we give to the poor we're soon patting ourselves on the back. If we're laying down our lives we just feel warm fuzzy feelings all over. And imagine how righteous it feels to become a living sacrifice. Now we've really become something to adore!

I hope I'm not making your blood boil. My hope is that we simply laugh at how pathetic we humans can be at times and go on to where God is taking us. We might as well enjoy the transformation, but we do have to face facts. Are you willing to face these facts?

In the scripture it is outlined more than once that we should forgive each other in order for us to receive forgiveness from our Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 6:14) Most of us learn this early in our walk with Christ. However there is another place of danger that can bring judgment over us. In the book of John chapter 9 verses 39-41,

And Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind." Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, "Are we blind also?"
Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, 'We see.' Therefore your sin remains.

What was Jesus saying? If we say, "We know." our sin remains! What's that about?

You see, it's all about the heart. They were empowered by their position and knowledge. They believed they were spiritually superior to all others concerning the ways of God and the Law. And it was this arrogance that Jesus was confronting. How many of us who walk in what we believe to be cutting edge revelation could be guilty of the same sin. I have been guilty of this very sin before. Are we, 'the cutting edge revelators,' the Pharisees of tomorrow? Do we assume to know what churches are supposed to be doing? Do we snub our noses at those preachers who are still singing hymns and wearing ties? Do we shake our heads when we see remnants of the old wineskins?

We must judge ourselves here. Spiritual arrogance will not usher in the restored New Testament Church. No, it will only hinder our progress more only to wander a little longer in the desert.

We must stop building the church through this ungodly momentum. I wonder how many works have been established on this type of foundation already.
If you see that you are guilty here, repent and allow the Lord to expose these areas that seek to undermine you and ultimately destroy you.
God is truly refining us all!

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

you may be onto something Ken. any changes in you since this writing in 2005?

1:50 PM  

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