The clear and loud voice of the Lord has been reminding me regularly – check on your PRIDE!
We are blessed that the Holy Bible points out to us the hidden danger of this disease, which is self destructing and rots our hearts, if left unchecked. The Bible reveals to us, the temple of God, that pride makes us useless to Him, no matter how close we are to God.
During my prayer on August 18th, the Lord spoke to me through Jeremiah 13, calling for sincere repentance before judgement comes. Verses 6 – 11 says “And it happened at the end of many days Jehovah said to me, Arise, go to Euphrates and take the girdle from there, which I commanded you to hide there. Then I went to Euphrates and dug, and took the girdle from the place where I had hidden it. And, behold, the girdle was rotted; it was not good for anything. Then the Word of Jehovah came to me, saying, So says Jehovah, In this way I will spoil the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem. This evil people, who refuse to hear My Words, who walk in the stubbornness of their heart and walk after other gods to serve them and to worship them, shall even be like this girdle, which is good for nothing. For as the girdle holds fast to the loins of a man, so I have caused the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to cling to Me, says Jehovah; so that they might be to Me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory; but they would not hear”. Verse 15 says, “Hear and give ear; do not be proud; for Jehovah has spoken”.
Many of us are under captivity of this sin of pride, and the Lord warns us to repent before it becomes impossible to change. Verse 23 reads, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard its spots? Then you also may do good, who are accustomed to doing evil”.
Let us continue to seek the face and the favour of our Almighty God who is always gracious and merciful as we repent before Him. Humility is the first step to obedience. In Christ Jesus, we are set free.