Matthew 21:5 No Pride

“Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and a colt, the foal of a donkey.'” Matthew 21:5

Most leaders or people of high position and authority like to look good when out in public. It is common to see leaders of nations, as they travel to a different country, to travel with a lot of pomp and circumstance.

The red carpet is rolled out for them as they come in with lots of ceremony and dressed in their finest. They will often travel in very nice vehicles, looking great, with a big show.

As Jesus was coming into Jerusalem, He was riding a donkey, in fact, a baby donkey. This was to fulfill a prophecy by Zechariah.

Jesus, being God Himself, who created the world and all that is in it, was a great and mighty king. He had the right and authority to ride in to town with the best ceremony. Yet, He came in on a untrained baby donkey. There was no pride in His arrival. Jesus was being very humble, despite His being the greatest king.

Just as the world often shows great pride in their arriving, many believers often show pride. They want to show off their abilities or talents and accomplishments. They want people to know that they have arrived and are important.

Acting like this is very different than Jesus. Every believer is to be like Jesus–humble, not full of pride. Pride is all about self, whereas humility is about others. While Jesus deserved and accepted worship, He did not demand or grab for it, He was humble.

When believers are humble and are building others up, it allows God to lift them up in due time. It will also break down walls, allowing for the testimony of Jesus to be made known.

Take a moment to examine your life. Ask God to reveal to you any actions or words in your life that are full of self and pride, rather than filled with God and love for others.

Do not allow yourself to be filled with self-pride, causing damage to your witness of who Jesus is. Strive to lift up Jesus and build others up, rather than step on them.

As you rid yourself of pride, your witness for Jesus will grow with more credibility. Be willing to ride the untrained, baby donkey.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have the humility that Jesus displayed; that you will build others up as Jesus did; and that your life will be a witness to this world as to who Jesus is.

Micah 4:5 Walking In The Lord

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All the nations may walk in the name of their gods, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever. Micah 4:5 

People are fans of all kinds of people and all kinds of things and for every reason under the sun. As a fan of someone or something, they will follow faithfully. Many will be fanatical about who or what they are following.

As people follow something, they will often surround and pattern their life with what they are following. What they say and do will be the same as to what they follow, regardless of whether it is something good or bad.

Micah declares that while nations may follow their gods, Israel will follow God alone forever.

The world will follow the false gods of this world–money, sex, fame, fortune, pride, self and more. All of these gods are temporary and come and go in a moment’s notice. They are false and not real or lasting.

Every believer has chosen to begin to walk in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Walking in this way means that he has chosen to do what Jesus says and not do what Jesus says to not do. It is giving Christ the authority to be absolute master over his entire life.

Doing all of this has to be a choice that each person makes in his own life. He has to choose to walk away from the gods of this world to follow Jesus. Once he has chosen this and commits his life to Jesus, it is a lifetime of walking that extends into eternity. It will never end.

Walking with the world will only bring about death in the end. Walking with God will bring about abundant life on this earth and in all of eternity.

Each day you have a choice to make as to who you will walk with. As a believer, you have already made a choice in your past, but you must daily choose to take up your cross and keep walking with Jesus.

Do not allow yourself to change paths and begin walking with the world again. Stay on the path with Jesus that will take you into eternity. Live, act, and speak as Jesus did. This is the true walk of a Christian in this world. It is going against the standards of following the gods of this world.

Who are you walking with today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will walk in the ways of God; that you will know the abundant life Jesus offers you; and that God will strengthen you to turn away from the gods of this world. 

Ezekiel 44:9 Restricted Entry

Restricted area

This is what the Sovereign Lord says: No foreigner uncircumcised in heart and flesh is to enter my sanctuary, not even the foreigners who live among the Israelites. Ezekiel 44:9 

All over the world there are places that people have set up that have restrictions as to who is allowed to enter. Nearly every business has places within it where the majority of people are blocked from entering the area. The location is only allowed for those who work there or have special permission to enter, everyone is blocked from it.

Often the block is due to protection for the company and for the outsider. Some places require special equipment to enter. Other places have information in that is not to be released to just anyone.

God had just shown Ezekiel a vision of the restored temple. He then tells Ezekiel that no outsider is allowed into the temple.

The temple was the holy dwelling place for God to be among the people. In order for one to enter, he had to be purified and be a true follower of God. No one else was allowed to enter.

Since the time of Ezekiel, God has set up His temple in the hearts of believers. God is still telling people that no outsider is allowed to enter His temple.

Instead of just being physical beings entering, today it is false idols, greed, pride, anger, and sin that are to be not allowed to enter. People allow these things into their hearts and lives. When sin is allowed into the heart, one is pushing God off of His throne in the heart, which is His temple, His dwelling place.

The heart is the dwelling place for God, and nothing else should be allowed in that place. Nothing spiritual, physical or emotional should be allowed into the heart that does not honor God. The heart belongs to God and to God alone.

Take a moment to examine what is allowed into your heart. Think about what things you allow your heart to follow and hold on to. Are these things the things of God? Or are they the things of this world?

When you became a follower of Jesus, He gave you a new heart, because your heart became God’s dwelling place, a holy temple. Keep it pure and holy for God to dwell in. Do not allow sin or this world to move God off of His throne in your heart. Restrict access to your heart to God alone.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will give your entire life to God; that you will allow God to reign in your heart and life; and that you will serve God alone.

Ezekiel 28:17 Pride And Corrupted Wisdom

Clear lake near mountains

Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before Kings. Ezekiel 28:17 

Looking good will often cause pride in the hearts of many people. They will often begin to compare themselves and how they look compared to other people, causing them to look down upon others. This can occur with both physical looks and the looks of his position in society.

Once a person has pride welling up inside of them because of how they look, their wisdom begins to become corrupt. They begin to think that they are all that and more. Their thoughts are that they know what is best and forget the rest.

Ezekiel brings a judgement against Tyre. The nation had been one of great splendor and glory, but had allowed pride to enter them. All the wisdom they had became corrupted and so God chose to knock them down.

The world, not knowing God at all, will often grab onto physical beauty and allow their thinking to be corrupted. They begin to think that they know what is best, when what they are doing is leading to death and destruction. From the outside it appears to be good, but is not.

Believers must also be careful to not allow pride into their lives. Some do a ministry and it grows very well. Suddenly they allow pride in their lives, thinking that they did it all. Once pride sets in, their thinking and allowing God to work begins to become corrupt. It all becomes about self, not God and others.

One must always know that it is God who is in control and must have the control. Things that go great are because God allowed it so. Keeping the fear of God and following His ways will always be the best and uncorrupted wisdom.

God wants to do great things in and through you while you walk on this earth. As things go well for you, do not allow yourself to begin to think that you are the best thing on this earth. Do not allow pride of self and position to corrupt you.

Keep your focus upon God and His ways to guide you in all that you do. This is true wisdom without pride that God is seeking in every person who follows Him.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the wisdom of God’s ways; that you lean on God for everything you have and do; that you will put God first in your life; and that you will allow God to remove all pride in you. 

Jeremiah 13:15 Don’t Be Arrogant

Bridge over waterfall

Hear and pay attention, do not be arrogant, for the Lord has spoken. Jeremiah 13:15 

Pride runs high in the hearts and minds of people all over the world. They let it rise in their hearts to the point of being arrogant, thinking that they are the best and that no one else can do what they do or be what they are.

In the process of allowing pride to run too high, many begin to look down upon other people. They reject those who are ‘below’ them.

As this occurs, people do not listen to others. Listening to themselves is all that they will do because they know what is best and how to do it.

Jeremiah tells the people to not be arrogant, but to listen to what God is saying. The people of Israel knew that they were the people of God, God’s chosen nation. In thinking this, they felt that they could do no wrong.

There are many believers who have developed the same type of thinking that the Israelites had done. They feel as though they are the best and can do no wrong. Individuals and groups will claim that their way is the only way, that they completely know and understand God.

Often when thinking like this occurs, people are stepping into sin and trying to justify it. They are ignoring what God says. They will take scripture out of context to get it to say what they want to hear.

Every believer is to listen and pay attention to what God is saying. All of God’s word is to be heard, understood and accepted, not just parts of it.

It does not matter what one’s upbringing is, what nation or group he is a part of, refusing to listen to God will bring about judgement. God speaks the same words to every person–to turn from sin and follow Jesus.

As you are going through your life take note if you are allowing yourself to become arrogant in what you believe or think. Realize that it is not about you, but about God and His word.

Listen to what God is saying and act upon His word. In doing this you are obeying God’s word and thus are loving God from your heart. As you love God from your heart it will keep you from being arrogant and allow you to be humble before God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to remove pride in your life; that you will hear the words of God; that you will pay attention to what God is saying; and that you will obey God’s word to you.