Thoughts of John

What is on my mind.

Twenty Days of Prayer: Day 4

Scripture:

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Psalms 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Pride is a subtle sin so easily overlooked. Perhaps the worse form of pride is the attitude of spiritual complacency that sees little need for cleansing and growth in one’s own life. True revival always begins with deep humility and brokenness over sin (2 Chronicles 7.14).

Questions for Reflection:

Do you think yourself quite spiritual? Do you often criticize and judge others? Are you frequently trying to set others straight? Do you spend daily time allowing God to deeply search your life or do you feel you need little cleansing? Are you truly broken and contrite over your shortcomings or do you think, “Oh well, no one is perfect”? Are you desperately hungry to see a mighty move of God or are you somewhat complacent? Do you come across as having a “holier than thou attitude”? If you feel that you have nearly “arrived” and need little growth, you are guilty of the worst form of spiritual pride.

Scripture

Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. (4) Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Questions for Reflection:

Do you tend to draw attention to yourself? Do you often promote yourself and put others down? Are you highly competitive and desire to win and be number one at all costs? Do you seek to be the center of attention? Do you usually think mostly in terms of your own needs and desires? Is your attitude such that you feel you are better and smarter than others? Do you have an inordinate need to be noticed and praised by people? Do you tend to surround yourself with “status symbols” that flaunt wealth or appearance?

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October 15, 2009 - Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Christian, Christianity, God, Jesus, Life, New Testament, Prayer, Religon, Theology

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