Good morning and welcome to Sinner To Saint,
In Ezekiel chapter 16 verse 49, God mentioned three stumbling blocks that make people sin. That verse says in the KJV, “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her an in her daughters neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.” We shall divide this topic into a three-day series and consider the first stumbling block – Pride. Hence our topic for today is: The No. 1 shocking thing that makes you sin.
Pride is a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements.
Do you ever feel proud that you are a Christian? I mean that feeling of being better than others that are in darkness to the extent that you kind of despise or disregard the lost? You criticize their every move and condemn them in your heart or even verbally? Or is it your denomination? Do you feel your denomination is much more preferred by God than every other church or denomination? Do you feel holier or better than others because you pray longer or work harder than other Christians in the things of God? Do you feel you know Gods word more than other Christians? Do you always feel the need to correct and chastise other Christians? Do you feel God somehow loves you more than other Christians?
If your answer to some of these questions is yes, or you are not sure, then you are probably suffering from pride.
The key to defeating pride is to daily remind yourself of where God brought you from. You were once deep in lying, stealing, fornication, deceit, murder, religion, and any other kind or form of sin that exists. Then one day, God miraculously delivered you out of the shackles of Satan. You either heard a message or read a book that changed your life completely and set you on the journey to eternal life. You humbly repented from all your sins and became serious with God.
The problem though is that now you have a strong feeling that you are much better, righteous, holy, and serious with God than others or that somehow God specially prefers you to others. You now find it difficult to spend at least one hour everyday in prayer because God has blessed you on all sides, what else do you need to beg God for? You cannot remember the last time you sat down to study the bible for two hours because after all, you perfectly understand the scriptures and its application today, what new revelation could God add to your life? Evangelism? Haa! You are more than that now, God has called you to open a mega church not to go on the streets like a beggar handing out tracts to strangers and preaching the gospel. You do not want to catch any disease in this Coronavirus period.
So is the life and perspective of many Christians today.
Because pride has entered you heart, you find it easy to give in to temptation. You have so silenced the voice of the Holy Spirit that you do not hear directly from him anymore. When you feel too guilty for your liking after committing a sin, you quickly mutter some words under your breath, “God forgive me.” That is all. You have forgotten how to repent in tears and ashamedness.
Today, Jesus still stands at the door and knocks. He can revive you once again, he can make you passionate about him again. He can make you sinless and pure like you used to be. I plead with you to answer his call. Repent and create time for him again and you will see God transform you and use you for great and mighty things in this generation. God bless you.
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