Monday, February 23, 2015

Devotional 125 - March Madness

Daniel 4:30 The king spoke, saying, "Is not this great Babylon, that I have my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?"

"...constantly thinking little of ourselves is still thinking constantly of ourselves."  Beth Moore

Do you know what happened to King Nebuchadnezzar after making the "I am great" statement above? He went completely mad. He was driven out into the field with the beasts, eating grass like an ox. "His hair grew like eagles' feathers and his nails like birds' claws."  Daniel 4:33

We all know as Christians that pride is sin because it takes our eyes off of Jesus and on to ourselves. "The fear of the Lord is to hate evil, pride and arrogance..." Proverbs 8:13. We have read that pride comes before a fall. "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall." Proverbs 16:18 

But it was an eye-opener to me the day I was in the pit and moaning about my failings, that my husband pointed out the pride involved in feeling inferior.
"Really? How so?" I questioned. "I hate myself right now. How could that be pride?"

"Because," he said, "it is still about you."  Once again in my obsessive lowly thoughts about myself I was still taking my eyes off of Jesus. 

Beth Moore, author and speaker, wrote: "Nothing like priding yourself in hating yourself. Beloved, let's let this one sink in deeply: constantly thinking little of ourselves is still thinking constantly of ourselves."

Let us be women so in love with Jesus that He maintains a more prominent place in our thoughts than we do. My life is out of kilter when the focus is on me. God has a solution.

"I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever." Daniel 4: 34

Look up and praise!