Christians Shouldn’t Brag

  Myth or Real: Christians Shouldn’t Brag Every night, I try to read at least one chapter of The Bible. One recent night, I read I Corinthians 1. The very last verse made quite the impression (It really initiated this entire day-by-day devotional theme), but I’ll save it for later. We’ve all met someone who tends to share, perhaps a little too much, in what they’ve done in service to God. (Let’s be honest…it’s us. We’ve all been guilty of it, at least once.) When we are righteous, when we are charitable, when we pray, we are not to do …

Conquering Condemnation-Spirit of Pride

We are continuing our Faithful Friday blog post series on the subject of condemnation.  This week we will talk about a subject that everyone can relate to and that is pride. I have struggled with perfectionism on many different levels every since I can remember.  From second grade spelling bees to something as simple as packing my kids lunch— I have always had an expectation of myself and always just wanted to get things right (imagine that standard in this Pinterest generation)!  I’m not even sure where I got the standard of right from, considering that I came from a …

Silencing A Boastful Tongue

    Silencing A Boastful Tongue     Boasting or bragging is not exactly on God’s list of favorite attributes. In fact, it’s one that He abhors, and will quickly deal with it. For, in actuality, it’s a form of pride, putting one above another, or even God Himself. David reminds us in  Psalm 94: 4 “They pour out arrogant words; all the evildoers are full of boasting.” (NIV) See how arrogance is tied up with boasting?  Probably one of the more notable characters in this regard was “Haman, in the story of Esther. Esther 5: 11 “Haman boasted to …

The Place of Silence

  The Place of Silence       Today’s entry might be a bit macabre, but I think it bears consideration.  According to several passages, the darkness, or Hell, as we know it, will not only be a place of darkness, but utter and complete silence.  How totally awful! We often think that those there will have all their friends around them, and it will be a continuous party. Not so, For Job informs us in Job 23: 17 “Yet I am not silenced by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face.” (NIV) David also asserts in …

Protection From Pride

  Protection From Pride       “For a full 180 days he displayed the vast wealth of his kingdom and the splendor and glory of his majesty.” Esther 1: 4 Do you see the pride dripping from those words? If we were playing The 25,000 Pyramid and the category was King Xerxes Banquet, we would use words like: Lavish Elegant Extravagant Excessive Unrestrained You learn a lot about a man – or a woman – by the way he or she entertains guests.  Xerxes is all about showing off what he has got.  He is rich, pompous, arrogant, and …

Forgiveness is Just the First Step

Ephesians [6:10]-16 describes the Armor of God and instructs us how to wear and use it. Let’s begin by looking at verse 11. It reads: “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Would you not agree that the issues in your life that you need to forgive were events when the devil used humans in his scheme to take you down? Of course this is true. When you choose to forgive, you are taking a stand against the devil’s schemes. To do this, you need some heavy duty armor. …