Episode Notes Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 Just as it is with going to college, sitting through high school classes; sitting through training, etc. — we sit through this period where we would much rather be doing hands-on work and the things we want to do; even enjoying the fruits of what we get to…
Sitting in finance class in a noticeably better frame of mind emotionally, spiritually, mentally; I found myself once again dealing with self-pity and my old foe, debilitating doubt. I felt that many of the life parameters addressed in finance class weren’t resonating with those I currently lived under, further leading me to doubt how…
Blockers are a very real problem, and for the searching soul that has been stopped by pride, it spells disaster.
Pride will convince you that you are right, when you know you are wrong. Pride will continue running when the vehicle has already run out of gas, and there’s no good sensible reason why it should still be running. Pride is the perfect excuse for every situation. Pride is the lazy teacher who would rather see their kids happy than see them educated.
Pride is the father or mother who won’t bring themselves to seek their child’s forgiveness. Pride is the father or mother who won’t bring themselves to admitting they were wrong, when they know they were.
Pride is a moving target and a distraction; it’s the shiniest object in the box, and it is evasive in these ways.
Pride can be a coping mechanism, but it’s more of a self-preservation system.
Pride seeks for total absolution, ignoring what was done wrong. Pride compares what was done wrong to the wrong of others, dismissing itself. Pride points to others’ faults and failures, saying, “You think you should be looking over there instead.” Pride is insistent in saying, “I shouldn’t have to change.”
Pride is a very easy thing to install and accept, but once it’s there, it is almost impossible to remove.
Learn what you need to do to remove this one from your life.
The purpose and authority for the Show is not only in the sharing of the life struggles and sufferings of everyday people like you and me, but to also comfort those in trouble, by the same comfort wherewith we ourselves are also comforted in all our tribulation, by the God of all comfort.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Apart from the tribulation, there is no comfort.
An intimate share of one of my greatest struggles: feeling like I don’t belong, when I’ve already been accepted.
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. — 1 John 3:18
From the beginning of time, God had a master plan for the human race: to make us become fellowheirs, members of the body of Christ, and partakers of the promise of the Holy Spirit in Christ by the gospel; in truth, children. However, we of our own accord—and for our own selfish reasons—have moved mountains, desperately trying to evade this impending reality. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
True reconciliation with God is as follows:
You must come to terms with the realization that at the singular point in time and day wherein you offended (transgressed) the law of God—whether it had been in lying, or stealing, committing adultery or serving other gods; to name only a few written ones—you are considered to be guilty of the entire law and of sin.
Upon realizing that you have sinned against Him who is extolled and honoured by other excellent majesties as the King of heaven—all whose works are truth, and His ways judgment: able to abase those that walk in pride—the only appropriate course of action from this moment forward is to bow in repentance toward God from your sins, praying Him to forgive you of all—no matter how many or how few; how large or how small; how often or how infrequent, even as a one-time occurrence—and acknowledge the payment made on your behalf for the penalty prescribed for sin which is death. This payment was made by His own Son, Jesus Christ, who died for our sins according to the scriptures; and was buried, and rose again the third day according to the scriptures; witnessed by well over five hundred eyewitnesses, of whom many were still alive at the time of the recordation of this notable event in history.
In this moment of true repentance and worship toward God, you must call upon Him to save you; and save you He will.
For the rich and the poor, the young and the old, the famous and the unsung, the weak and the strong, and everyone in between, the following prayer summarizes everything we’ve covered:
Lord Jesus (God),
I realize I have sinned against you and that the penalty for my sin is death. However, I also understand and believe that you came to this earth to die in my place so that I could be set free.
Please forgive me for all my sins; come into my heart, and save my soul.
I give my life into your hands now, and declare you to be my Lord and my God.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
A deeper look at the sovereignty of God from a popular verse used to comfort the afflicted.