Sep 14, 2017

Better Than They Are?

By |Sep 14, 2017|Christ, Church, Devotionals, Humility, Kingdom of God, Pride, Service|0 Comments

What is there in us that makes us feel we are slightly better than other people?  Even those who think of themselves as an outcast sometimes feel it.  Of course it is pride, the seed of narcissism.  It is the source of divisions among the human family and the church.  It values its own opinions

Aug 28, 2017


By |Aug 28, 2017|Cleansed, Confession, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Heart, Pride|0 Comments

Every counselor knows, or should know, that it takes time for a person to come to a confession or even realization of their core problem.  Before then the counselor must detect false clues and detours that keep him or her away from the core issues at the heart of the problem.  We must know that

Jul 9, 2017

Loving Self

By |Jul 9, 2017|Devotionals, Humility, Love, Pride|0 Comments

Most of us love ourselves quite well.  We know what the Book says about loving God and others.  Putting ourselves down can be nothing less than pride hiding out as false humility.  Even self-loathing can be a perverted kind of self-love.  The heart can be deceptive to one’s own self.  This is why we need

May 15, 2017

The Piety Trap

By |May 15, 2017|Confession, Devotionals, Father, Humility, Pride, Repentance, Spirit|0 Comments

It is not as easy as we think to avoid some spiritual traps.  It is possible to be caught in one without fully realizing what is happening.  One in particular is the piety trap.  In pursuit of a spiritual life, as we begin to make progress we can start to rest in our piety which

May 11, 2017

When Gifts Become A Snare

By |May 11, 2017|Devotionals, Humility, Pride|0 Comments

A gift can become a problem:

When we focus on the gift and not the Giver

When the gift makes us feel superior to others who did not get one like it

When it makes us proud and not humble

When it draws our mind and our time away from the Lord

When we use it to serve ourselves and

Apr 11, 2017

Prized Positions

By |Apr 11, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Holy Week, Humility, Kingdom of God, Pride|0 Comments

James and John wanted to sit at His right hand and left hand when Jesus came into His kingdom.  The kingdom victory was won on the cross, and the two selected for those chief seats were sinners.  That sure tells you a lot about Jesus and His kingdom.  We prize hierarchy if we are at

Mar 30, 2017

Brought Low

By |Mar 30, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father, Growth, Humility, Lent, Pride|0 Comments

Self-exalting narcissism never ends well.  The law of the universe is against it.  Jesus Himself taught, “Everyone who exalts himself will be brought low” (Lu 14:11a).  There is only one God and we are not Him.  We have to renounce our own throne and know how to humbly bow at the feet of our Heavenly Father. 

Jan 23, 2017

The Need To Be Right

By |Jan 23, 2017|Devotionals, Forgiveness, Grace, Growth, Humility, Pride|0 Comments

Our need to be right is a barrier to discovering new information.  It keeps us from really hearing other opinions, and thus hurts community.  It keeps us from the repeated surrenders that get us beyond our present state, hampering growth in grace.  Its pride and arrogance prevent us from apologizing and asking forgiveness when it

Oct 10, 2016

The Holy Spirit As Teacher (2)

By |Oct 10, 2016|Christ, Devotionals, Guidance, Humility, Pride, Spirit, Truth|0 Comments

It is not safe to be left in the world without the Teacher.  It is just as treacherous to teach presumptively based on our own thinking.  The Holy Spirit can give us a clear revelation of Jesus if we will let Him lift the cultural fog from our eyes to see Messiah more clearly.  This

Sep 28, 2016

To Be Genuine

By |Sep 28, 2016|Christ, Devotionals, Humility, Pride|0 Comments

It is possible to call yourself a Christian and not follow Jesus.  It is possible that your piety is really your self-righteousness.  It is possible to claim the new birth into the family of God with no resemblance to the DNA of the Father.  It is still possible to pray, attend church and give to