Fruit of pride…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 25

 O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.

 For you have made the city a heap, the fortified city a ruin; the foreigners’ palace is a city no more; it will never be rebuilt.

Therefore strong peoples will glorify you; cities of ruthless nations will fear you.

 For you have been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat; for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall,

 like heat in a dry place. You subdue the noise of the foreigners; as heat by the shade of a cloud, so the song of the ruthless is put down.

On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.

 And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations.

 He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken.

 It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”

 For the hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain, and Moab shall be trampled down in his place, as straw is trampled down in a dunghill.

  And he will spread out his hands in the midst of it as a swimmer spreads his hands out to swim, but the LORD will lay low his pompous pride together with the skill of his hands.

  And the high fortifications of his walls he will bring down, lay low, and cast to the ground, to the dust.

Pride again – cause for judgment.  As often as it is brought up we can be sure it gets in our way.  What a hindrance to the work of God and to our own good is the sin of pride.  It rises within us so subtly we are often unawares and fall into that trap of which we are warned; be not deceived…  So often we are our own problem.  The Holy Spirit reveals this to us when we ask.  Conversation with the Lord is of utmost importance to our spiritual health.  It will keep us on solid ground and keep our focus only upon Him.   “O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure. …”

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This is what pride brings…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 17:1-9

 An oracle concerning Damascus. Behold, Damascus will cease to be a city and will become a heap of ruins.

  The cities of Aroer are deserted;

they will be for flocks,

which will lie down, and none will make them afraid.

 The fortress will disappear from Ephraim,

 and the kingdom from Damascus;

and the remnant of Syria will be

like the glory of the children of Israel,

declares the LORD of hosts.

 And in that day the glory of Jacob will be brought low,

and the fat of his flesh will grow lean.

 And it shall be as when the reaper gathers standing grain

 and his arm harvests the ears,

and as when one gleans the ears of grain

in the Valley of Rephaim.

  Gleanings will be left in it,

as when an olive tree is beaten—

two or three berries

in the top of the highest bough,

four or five

on the branches of a fruit tree,

declares the LORD God of Israel.

 In that day man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will look on the Holy One of Israel.

 He will not look to the altars, the work of his hands, and he will not look on what his own fingers have made, either the Asherim or the altars of incense. In that day their strong cities will be like the deserted places of the wooded heights and the hilltops, which they deserted because of the children of Israel, and there will be desolation.

As the Lord brought judgment in times past for pride of self and arrogance do we think we shall escape the same?  Only when we look upon the Holy One of Israel, our Lord Jesus Christ; we receive then the promise of redemption and salvation.  We are reminded here to keep our eyes upon Christ,

“…man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will look on the Holy One of Israel….”

not the work of our hands, not what we have made or done.

“… he will not look on what his own fingers have made, …”

Our hopes and provision rests in Him and Him alone.  At times it may be that the difficulties we experience as we travel through life are our own doing, results of our pride which so easily gets in our way creating a hindrance to the work and will of God.  And so we are at the effect of the shaping and fine tuning of our Lord who loves us and wants us to be fruitful.  We are hindered in bearing fruit for the Lord if all we present is ourselves and what we have done.  Let the works speak for themselves.  God’s will be done in our lives.  Be alert to the presence of pride in our lives – may we refocus on the Holy One and Him alone.

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No joy in punishment…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 16:6-14

 We have heard of the pride of Moab—

 how proud he is!—

 of his arrogance, his pride, and his insolence;

 in his idle boasting he is not right.

 Therefore let Moab wail for Moab,

 let everyone wail.

 Mourn, utterly stricken,

for the raisin cakes of Kir-hareseth.

 For the fields of Heshbon languish,

and the vine of Sibmah;

the lords of the nations

 have struck down its branches,

which reached to Jazer and strayed to the desert;

 its shoots spread abroad

 and passed over the sea.

  Therefore I weep

with the weeping of Jazer

 for the vine of Sibmah;

 I drench you with my tears, O Heshbon and Elealeh;

for over your summer fruit and your harvest

 the shout has ceased.

  And joy and gladness are taken away

 from the fruitful field,

 and in the vineyards no songs are sung,

 no cheers are raised;

 no treader treads out wine in the presses;

 I have put an end to the shouting.

Therefore my inner parts moan like a lyre for Moab,

 and my inmost self for Kir-hareseth.

 And when Moab presents himself, when he wearies himself on the high place, when he comes to his sanctuary to pray, he will not prevail.

 This is the word that the LORD spoke concerning Moab in the past.  But now the LORD has spoken, saying, “In three years, like the years of a hired worker, the glory of Moab will be brought into contempt, in spite of all his great multitude, and those who remain will be very few and feeble.”

There is no joy in punishment.  There is sorrow at the wrong doing and pride of those who practice evil or turn from God to themselves.  We are given many detailed visuals of how much pride and arrogance displeases our God.  Create in us a right heart and a right spirit, O God…

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No good from pride…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 13:1-8

  The oracle concerning Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.

  On a bare hill raise a signal;

cry aloud to them;

wave the hand for them to enter

 the gates of the nobles.

  I myself have commanded

my consecrated ones,

and have summoned my mighty men

to execute my anger,

my proudly exulting ones.

 The sound of a tumult is on the mountains

as of a great multitude!

The sound of an uproar of kingdoms,

of nations gathering together!

The LORD of hosts is mustering

a host for battle.

  They come from a distant land,

 from the end of the heavens,

the LORD and the weapons of his indignation,

to destroy the whole land.

  Wail, for the day of the LORD is near;

as destruction from the Almighty

it will come!

 Therefore all hands will be feeble,

and every human heart will melt.

 They will be dismayed:

pangs and agony will seize them;

they will be in anguish like a woman in labor.

They will look aghast at one another;

their faces will be aflame.

This day of the Lord is not pleasant for it comes with judgment.  We should take note that the judging is done by God not any man, woman or child.  Can we get to a place where we no longer take offense at one another, but like Jesus with Peter, recognize we each are tools in the hands of the Almighty God and we serve His purpose?  Better to search and see what He is teaching us through others.  When we are the ones being used, better to just walk away and let the Spirit of the Lord complete the work than to try to become like God and understand the whys and wherefores.  Simply be willing workers for Him, obedient in all ways.  Those who will learn and grow will; those who choose to take offense have allowed pride to get in the way of the Spirit in their lives.  All the judgment we read of in scripture can be traced back to a prideful heart.  O may we learn humility, true humility that allows us to be taught and grow more like Jesus each day.

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Bringing down the arrogant…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 10:28-34

  He has come to Aiath;

he has passed through Migron;

at Michmash he stores his baggage;

  they have crossed over the pass;

at Geba they lodge for the night;

Ramah trembles;

Gibeah of Saul has fled.

 Cry aloud, O daughter of Gallim!

Give attention, O Laishah!

O poor Anathoth!

  Madmenah is in flight;

the inhabitants of Gebim flee for safety.

This very day he will halt at Nob;

he will shake his fist at the mount of the daughter of Zion,

the hill of Jerusalem.

 Behold, the Lord GOD of hosts

will lop the boughs with terrifying power;

the great in height will be hewn down,

and the lofty will be brought low.

  He will cut down the thickets of the forest with an axe,

and Lebanon will fall by the Majestic One.

This is a poetic description of judgment and fear.  The arm of the Lord uses the army of man to bring justice against his people for their arrogance and pride and the same is then turned around on the army used.  There is no tolerance for arrogance and pride.  Can we learn this lesson and keep ourselves humble before the Lord our God?  What can we do except he give us the ability and resources?  Who among us can create something as he has done out of nothing?

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Who did this?!!!…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 10:5-14

  Ah, Assyria, the rod of my anger; the staff in their hands is my fury!

 Against a godless nation I send him, and against the people of my wrath I command him, to take spoil and seize plunder, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.

 But he does not so intend, and his heart does not so think; but it is in his heart to destroy, and to cut off nations not a few;

 for he says: “Are not my commanders all kings?

 Is not Calno like Carchemish? Is not Hamath like Arpad? Is not Samaria like Damascus?

 As my hand has reached to the kingdoms of the idols, whose carved images were greater than those of Jerusalem and Samaria,

  shall I not do to Jerusalem and her idols as I have done to Samaria and her images?”

 When the Lord has finished all his work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, he will punish the speech of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the boastful look in his eyes.

  For he says: “By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom, for I have understanding; I remove the boundaries of peoples, and plunder their treasures; like a bull I bring down those who sit on thrones.

  My hand has found like a nest the wealth of the peoples; and as one gathers eggs that have been forsaken, so I have gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved a wing or opened the mouth or chirped.”

Circumstances do not determine the condition of the heart and soul.  They do not confirm righteousness or ability.  Our heart condition, the health of our relationship with God determines that.  The king had success but deceived himself with thoughts of his own greatness and ability.  Pride goes before a fall; the greater they are the greater they fall.

We can take care of our inner self; keep it righteous in Christ, keep it tuned to the Spirit of God.  We can know who our source is and keep our thoughts and words full of His thoughts and words.

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Where is our confidence?

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 9:18-21

 For wickedness burns like a fire; it consumes briers and thorns; it kindles the thickets of the forest, and they roll upward in a column of smoke.

  Through the wrath of the LORD of hosts the land is scorched, and the people are like fuel for the fire; no one spares another.

  They slice meat on the right, but are still hungry, and they devour on the left, but are not satisfied; each devours the flesh of his own arm,

  Manasseh devours Ephraim, and Ephraim devours Manasseh; together they are against Judah. For all this his anger has not turned away, and his hand is stretched out still.

The prideful and arrogant bring upon themselves the consequences of overconfidence.  It is the very nature of pride.  This is why the wise have taught pride goes before a fall.  We place trust in our own abilities and training and do not pay close attention to our limitations as the ones created; we are not our own creators.

If on the other hand we are careful to use the gifts and abilities God has given us for His work; seeking his will and giving him glory, we find ourselves blessed in spite of our shortcomings.  There is a very real danger in believing we are self-sufficient.  There is also a difference between confidence and pride when that confidence is placed in and comes from our relationship with God.  He is our source for all things.

It is good to be aware of the pitfalls of pride.  It is also good to be aware of a forgiving God.  We can turn from pride to confidence in Him and we will be blessed.

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