The Bondage Of Pride

Pamela JoyousNJesus McDonald
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Been thinking and the LORD has been showing me things I never really gave a second thought to.
 
When some men and women go to prison, the LORD is able to draw them to the LORD Jesus Christ at this time.
 
You hear people who will mock and make fun, saying, “everyone finds GOD in prison and rolls their eyes.”
 
First off that is not true, secondly, prison can be used as a means to HUMBLE a person.
 
Guess what?
 
GOD gives GRACE TO THE HUMBLE! 789
 
and…
 
BY GRACE ye are saved THROUGH FAITH!
 
That GRACE is a GIFT from God, HE GIVES IT!
 
Also, those laughing and mocking, guess what? GOD is RESITING YOU!
 
Nowhere does it say that GOD gives GRACE TO THE PROUD OR ARROGANT, no it says HE HATES THESE THINGS, He resists them!!!
 
Yet God still loves them and wishes for no one to perish.
 
But a proud person will not call or even recognize their need for God, because they are self-sufficient at least they think.
 
So the LORD will allow things to happen, and even use what Satan has meant for evil to humble people.
 
I, for one, was diagnosed with breast cancer, at first, I literally laughed instead of crying. Even mockingly said, “Well I guess the Bible is true, it says you will reap what you sow.” I shrugged it off.
 
Certainly was not humbled enough at that point, and God was not finished allowing things to humble me. Looking back I had no idea how much pride was in me.
 
Everything was going pretty well in my life, as far as money, fame was on the horizon, and the opportunity to “be something”. I was offered 3 different places to continue my modeling career and two of them wanted me as a “porn” star. Las Vegas, New York, and England were calling my name, but, with a gentle whisper so was God.
 
Tears actually finally flowed from my eyes when my hair started falling out. Tears because of hair loss rather than cancer. PRIDE!
 
The final thing that forced me to my knees in complete submission and humility was a phone call that literally took the wind from beneath my wings. The death of my best friend, teacher, sounding board, mother, cheerleader, my oldest sister Sharlene.
 
The LORD allowed me to be humbled by hitting one of the lowest levels of pain, the loss of a loved one. I cried for days, I was a broken vessel and only He could put me back together.

 
That is another way the LORD will use to humble people. He will allow the death of a loved one, why? Because sadly, sometimes people will exalt a loved one above God. And God will not allow us to exalt or glory anyone in His place.
 
Sometimes God will use confinement such as prison. Sometimes He will use sickness.
Sometimes He will use death.
Sometimes He will use tragedy.
Sometimes God will allow us to lose absolutely everything.
 
A prideful person would be angry to read this, but, someone like myself, who was on the road to utter destruction is so very thankful for the humbling process.
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Not everyone becomes humbled though, some will become hardened. Picture Pharoah.
 
A perfect picture of the two types is the two on the cross with Jesus.
 
Both were facing death, one humbled, one prideful.
 
Pray for your loved ones, if pride is the restraining force, pray for the LORD to humble them. But I suggest when you do, you ask Him to give you the strength to endure seeing your loved one in pain, and not become that enabling force, when the One that wants to help, wants to save, is the Father in heaven through His Holy Son Jesus Christ.
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
The sorrow and pain here is temporary, hell is eternal.
1 Corinthians 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
The flesh is temporal, oh but the soul eternal. Cry out to the LORD more now than ever for your children grandchildren, brothers, sisters, mom’s and dad’s. Those you hold near and dear, pray for the LORDs Will to be done.

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