Blind and Stubborn

“Yet you said, ‘I am innocent; surely His anger is turned away from me.’ Behold, I will enter into judgment with you because you say, ‘I have not sinned.’’ – Jeremiah 2:35 NASB

It was an attitude that angered God: When His people refused to humble themselves before Him. When, instead of listening, they eagerly justified themselves. They didn’t seek Him but were confident in themselves and their own ideas.
This is the kind of stubborn, independent attitude many people bring to their relationship with God. It is an attitude filled with pride and arrogance. It even is possible that Believers can have this attitude. How easy it can be for us to feel that we have everything figured out. That we have all the answers.
Jeremiah conveyed the force with which this attitude angered God. He was angry because they did not remember that He was God Almighty. Their Creator. Because they didn’t act as though there was anything they could learn from Him.
Throughout the Bible, God stressed the importance of humility. This was a central truth He gave to Isaiah: “To this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word” (Isaiah 66:2).
This is the attitude God wants each of us to cultivate. Yes, He is angered by pride and arrogance. He wants us to learn the dangers of having confidence in ourselves. In fact, He warned that “the heart is more deceitful than all else.” How does He know? He is our Creator. But He also has searched and tested us (Jeremiah 17:5-10). But there is a special reward for those who trust in Him.
Make sure that you stay humble before God. Never take Him for granted. Remember, no matter how “intelligent” you may be, there is much more He can teach you. No matter how much you know, He has more revelation to provide.
Submit your way to Him. Let Him direct your path.

Today’s Inspiration Prayer
Father, forgive me for pride and trusting in myself. I humble myself before You. Speak to me. Guide me. Use me for Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Source: Culled from SALM’s article in the Chronicle newspaper.
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BLINDED BY PRIDE

“All the arrogant men said to Jeremiah, ‘You are lying! The Lord our God has not sent you to say, “You must not go to Egypt to settle there.” – Jeremiah 43:2 NIV 
Jeremiah had faithfully delivered the message that God had given. But his audience refused to accept that this message was genuine. They concluded that Jeremiah was not telling the truth, and that he did not speak for God. What was the authority for their conclusion?

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DEALING WITH FEAR

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6
Not only is anxiety uncomfortable; it also leads to negative consequences. For example, reasoning becomes cloudy when permeated with worry. So an anxious person will have trouble making wise decisions. tension can devastate personal and spiritual growth, relationships, and work. So conquering fear is important.

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YOU CAN HAVE A MINISTRY OF APPRECIATION

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” – Ephesians 4:29 NIV
Radical gratitude means you’re going to walk through life being grateful in every situation, no matter what — in times of plenty, when times are tight, when times are good, bad, right, wrong, whatever. You can develop an attitude of gratitude by choosing to be grateful in every situation. The attitude of radical gratitude actually serves others. It becomes a ministry.