Jesus welcomed the people, taught them about the Kingdom of God and healed those in need. Luke 9:11
Testimony
God has revealed many times in my life where past hurts have caused behaviours and patterns, which have been detrimental to me. He has put on my heart to draw close to Him and bring others to Him also. .... Read More...

Seeds of the Kingdom

God Opposes the Proud

by Paul Watson

God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.
James 4:6, NIV

`As a speaker in citywide and regional prayer conferences, I am often asked to unmask the `spiritual power` opposing the body of Christ in the conference region`, says Francis Frangipane. `City leaders and intercessors have even asked if I knew the `name` of the principle spirit that is resisting the church in their area`. He goes on to reply, `Do you want to know the name of the most powerful spirit opposing most Christians? It`s Yahweh!`

When I read this I was stunned. How could that be true? The answer is found in our Bible verse today: `God opposes the proud`.

I found a very helpful definition of pride in the New Bible Dictionary – `Rebellious pride, which refuses to depend on God and be subject to Him, but attributes to self the honour due to Him, figures as the very root and essence of sin`. In the Bible pride is seen as a good thing in some aspects, for example when the Apostle Paul says that he`s proud of the spiritual growth of his beloved children in the Lord (See 2 Corinthians 7:4), or when we boast of what God has done ( 1 Corinthians 1:31).

However, in the majority of references pride (referred to as insolence, arrogance, boastful, haughty, prideful) is regarded as a negative and harmful attribute. In essence it is idolatry! No wonder God opposes it!

Why do I often feel irritable – dare I say angry – when my wife politely suggests I have taken the wrong turn off the motorway? Pride. Or worse, when she suggests we stop and ask someone for directions! Pride. Why do we think that our theology is the best? Pride. What prevents us from fellowshipping with other Christians in our town? Pride. What makes me reluctant to trust God but rather try to make the impossible happen all by myself? Pride.

Why does the church seem to be losing ground in so many places in the world? Why perhaps do I find the going so tough at times? God opposes the proud.

As Peter writes in 1 Peter 5:6 `Humble yourselves, therefore, under God`s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time`. If I don`t humble myself, God will do it for me, and I may not like how He does it!

Prayer: Please, Jesus, show me where there is pride in me, and help me to humble myself. Amen.

Paul Watson Watson was for 15 years an Anglican Minister in Sydney, Australia before joining Ellel Ministries full time in 2004. Together with his wife Diane he was involved in establishing the first Australian Ellel Ministries centre “Gilbulla” near Sydney. Currently they are leading the work at Ellel Pierrepont in Surrey, UK. Paul & Diane have 4 adult children and 8 grandchildren.

 

Sign Up Now

Please feel free to use this devotional to send on to your friends or share with your church fellowship. Provided full acknowledgement is made to Seeds of the Kingdom as the source, you are also welcome to use it in a non-commercial way and reproduce it in magazines or other Christian websites. The copyright for any commercial use of the material remains with Ellel Ministries International.