Thursday, February 14, 2013

Thirsty Thursdays: Seek and Submit

Pride can be defined as a high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.  Having pride when it comes to self esteem and self worth is a good thing, we should be proud of who we are. On the other hand too much pride can be a very bad thing, making us stubborn, hard headed and unwilling as well as vain and conceited. Along with having pride we should also have humility so we may understand our rank or importance so to speak and be able to submit to authority. 

Exodus 11 continues to show the arrogance and excessive pride of Pharaoh. Even after all the other plagues God brought upon Egypt, Pharaoh still did not want to listen or submit to God and allow the Israelites to go free. Each time another plague came upon Egypt, Pharaoh “hardened his heart” instead of humbling himself, thus having God send another plague. Life could have been a lot smoother for Pharaoh and the Egyptians if only he had submitted to Gods will and released the Israelites as Moses instructed him to do.

I myself can sometimes be a very prideful individual (Shocking I know). It is something I have come to notice (first step in fixing a problem is realizing there is one) and now try to work on. As my relationship with God grows, he deals with me more and more and helps deliver me. The support of others also helps me improve and grow spiritually. "24 and let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another..." Hebrews 10:24-25. My bible study group, small group, church family all have truly been a blessing to me and my walk with Christ (love ya). We serve a mighty and all-powerful God; there is nothing he cannot deliver us from, nothing he can’t fix. God performed the ultimate sacrifice for us, for our sins, so “persevere in faith”. “22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart, and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful” Hebrews 10:22-23. We all have shortcomings and mess up, but God can restore us. Come unto him, repent and believe in faith, “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised” Hebrews 10:36. God will always be there for you, just seek him out. 

Stay Thirsty My Friends

Thirsty Thursdays: Ron 

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