Pride will steal your blessings, and I need to write this.
There are so many Christians who are Christians, and believe in Gods word, but when an offence comes in, or a disagreement, what happens, is that pride takes over.
That is one thing, people do not understand, and when they do that, they open the door to the enemy. I have seen it time and time again, and I take it to heart, to know, because this is one thing, that offends God. He does not bless pride.
Why does it steal your blessings? One reason, because it stops love. It stops the flow of love, and God is love.
Whenever any of us, stop love, we stop God, from working in our lives. We are stopping the blessings, and we are stopping forgiveness, and being disobedient. It automatically brings the enemy into the situation legally. We are told to give no place to the enemy to submit to God, and then the enemy will flee.
But He giveth more grace. Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:6-7.
These are principles, laws, and parameters God has placed in each one of our lives, and no matter how right you are, (I have learned this) that it turns into a stumbling block, that steals your blessings.
No one, would ever purposely, stop God from blessing them, who would be foolish to do that? But unknowingly, when you have pride, with anybody, you are doing that. And when you do that, you are using a worldly sense of dealing with something, instead of doing something the way of Gods Kingdom.
Its like a child, who gets mad at someone, and instead of letting the love flow, to be understanding, compassionate, instead one gets a stone wall, of intellectual reasoning. By being bratty, unresponsive, and snubbing someone. It shows. Those kind of tactics were done when we were kids, and you either grow, or you keep doing it like a child. Who has not learned how to deal with this, and see the way to get out of pride.
Lets look at that more so, because this is the way of the world, in some cases. Being realistically intellectual in reasoning with one another. Here as an example, you may be able to relate to this, but say someone tells you, that you have offended them. Or that something you did, deserves to be looked at, to understand.
They are sad, they are wounded, or they may even just be adamant to say, hey that is wrong. So what do you do? You give a reason, you explain maybe even calmly, or with a sarcastic attitude, thats the way it is, and thats why you did what you did.
Instead, of seeing that person, actually has a llegitimate point. And instead of you recognizing it, acknowledging it, you may either ignore that person (pride) or just cut them off. You have forgotten manners, good courtesy, of just even recognizing the problem.
Stop for a moment, and look that this person, has actually made a point, and for whatever reason, if it is other factors, they need you to see this problem. Don’t brush them off, don’t snub them, don’t ignore their thought….Let love in, and don’t let pride steal your blessings.
Now, I know every situation is different, but there is something to be said, about the way, we communicate, and the way, we either work it out with or without pride.
Having pride, will not acknowledge its wrong doing. It will not admit a fault, it will not go that extra step to make a wrong right. And this my friend, is what I am trying to get you to see. I am trying to extend grace to you, to see that when you are wrong….
Go to someone, tell them perhaps, you were wrong, in your evaluation, or in the method of handling something. What you are trying to do, is to continue the flow of love. (Bringing God into it) For when you do that, you are letting go of your pride.
You are letting go, of your right to be right, and even if you are right, you are saying. I love you, this does not mean just because we disagree, that we should be at odds with one another. You are not hiding the discretion, you are exposing it to love.
You see, if we saw how God works, and the enemy works, we would be able to stop problems, curses, and even sin. Love never fails. Pride will stop love, it will stop your blessings. Let go of that anger, to be right, or to have the right to be right. It does you no good. It needs to be brought to the obedience of Christ. So His love can continue.
See this my friends, is something to know for pride will really steal your blessings. And the enemy in his twisted sense of bringing confusion, will bring part truth in any matter, to look like a lie. Or to bring pride. Don’t be a part of pride. Forgive, communicate, and be gracious, in your communications.
We all need to work on this, because it is on-going. I hope this brought some perspective, so you can get on the right path, and in doing so learning a tool of diplomacy, with compassion, understanding, to stop pride.
Just my thoughts, with love, so hoping that we all can grow. So praying, that when differences come, even in my own life, I am praying, that I will not have pride. You see, I grew up, trying to reason sometimes, and when I saw pride in a loved one, and I was rejected, I knew what it was.
That is the worst feeling, to have, because of someones pride, and when life goes on, and it is not resolved, it brings a curse. Love could have healed that, but pride got in the way. Don’t let it get in the way of your life. Stop it, God can change it. The following link is one of my popular posts on pride, just click it, and praying it also helps you.
Blessings and love, Elena Ramirez
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Why do I ask this question?
Because I have learned, and in fact just recently, there are traps. And traps, I refuse to fall in on my own, and when I say this….
I say yes, there are discrepancies in the body of Christ, there are liars, there are people, who use the gospel for monetary reasons only. They don’t care, they feed you a line of crap, and they expect you to buy it. They are called wolves in sheeps clothing, and they deceive. We are warned about them, and I recognize them by their fruits. It grieves me, as it grieves God.
But what I have learned, is I do not have to name them, I do not have to put them, or anybody else down. I do not have to put anybody down, call them out, as to who they are and make them feel bad, to lift myself up.
There is good and bad in all aspects of life, and for me to make a point, about who they are, and discredit them, would hurt me more. Why?
Because I would look like I am jealous, and when you are blessed of God, you don’t need to be jealous, of anyone. You know who you are in Christ. With or without success, I don’t have to knock someone down… You see, I am aware that jealousy is a personality character of the enemy the devil. He was jealous of God, and God kicked him out of heaven.
I am also aware, that the devil is an accuser of the brethren. Revelation 12:10-11 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come Salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ; for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they over came him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto death.
I am an overcomer by the blood of Jesus, and God will cast that ugly old devil down, and his followers.
Yet I am obliged by God to speak truth! I cannot mince words, I do have to stand up and say truth, but I don’t have to put someone down in the process. To be more specific, I would say, this is what God says. And I would share scripture. And I have been known to do that, when I see friends misled by these false prophets.
So I cannot be a hypocrite as well, so far from one side to the other. In finding my balance. But in that, I can keep my personal opinion in tact, and not put that person down, all I need to do is share Gods word. Not judging, not being an accuser, just sharing Gods word.
You see I do what I do because I know there is a need. I do it freely! I write what God puts on my heart. I have done it for years. So I have proved to myself it’s not about money. Though I do try and sell my books, I will not sell out to please people or deceive them with lies. Not everybody lies who is in ministry.
People need truth, they need their salvation, in Christ. They need compassion, they need love. They need hope. I have been at the bottom of the barrel.
I want to help raise people up in Christ. I want to be an expression of love. Not hate. Just my thought right now.
So what is your motive in putting someone down? What will it gain you? Nothing.
JOHN 13:35 BY THIS SHALL ALL MEN KNOW THAT YE ARE MY DISCIPLES, IF YE HAVE LOVE ONE TO ANOTHER.
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I want to wish all of my fellow AmerICANS, a blessed and happy fourth of July. To those who honor this country, who have served this country, by going to war, or just being a good American neighbor, I salute you, and thank God for you, and yes I thank God.
So I am getting ready to celebrate with my family today, and I wash my little American flag shirt, hang it out, and I get this thought….
That it looks like the country, on a map. And in that moment, I contemplated my blessings as an American.
And I am so grateful to God that He gave me this heritage to be an American, and a Christian, where we are free in this nation. Our freedoms, exceed the boundaries, in so many ways…..
I am so glad to be an American. That I am overwhelmed in this moment, with great emotion that it is such a great privilege. I am so grateful to God, that in this land, we are given opportunity, and we can….I can as an American….So can you! We can, stand.
United we stand, but divided we would fall. And so as I share these thoughts, I pray, we would see truth. As Americans.
For, we can do great things, we can be successful. We can stand up for that which is right, we can defend the hurting, and defenseless, we can make a wrong right, and we can always be victorious. There are so many opportunities because of our freedom, and the heritage we have as Americans.
But I think sometimes, we forget who we are. I think we take things for granted. I think, we have lost our way in some ways…And I think, we have forgotten God and who He is, and why this nation is great.
I love America. Yes, I was born and raised in this great country. I am a fourth generation American and my Father, and Grand father served in the United States military. So I know my heritage….
I have in my lifetime, seen this country be great because of who we are, as a nation, and because yes, our foundation was built on God.
Our Constitution, our blessed Constitution, that our forefathers wrote for us, they knew, the potential of this great nation. Because they knew God. They never intended for God to be taken out of our public, or our freedoms….
And I wonder, why things are the way they are now, but yet, I know, we can overcome, and we can do great things still. But I pray, we repent, and turn back to God. Are we reaping sin, because we allow some things, that go against God?
You see, it is God that has made this nation great. It is God, who has established His ways, and commandments, for us to follow to be blessed. But if we turn away from His truth, and the truth even from our Constitution, we will not be blessed.
If any of us turn away, from what Christ did, to pay the penalty of our sins, not only are we lost as a nation, but lost individually, and our souls, have no refuge.
I pray that America, even this fourth of July, would seek God. Individually, and for our nation.
I pray we would honor our soldiers, who have given their lives, and they would have freedom to seek God as they choose. I pray, things would change to the good, but only if we seek God.
So many of us, are discouraged, but God has a plan. If we keep trusting God, I know we can.
I am just an American, who knows, how great this country is, but I know how great my God is. And I also know the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge to get wisdom. (Proverbs 1:7 King James paraphrasing)
I fear, what could happen, if we do not get right with God. We need to wise up so we can be blessed more so, and avoid things, I cannot even fathom, or put into words the great tragedy I sense.
Yet, this could happen, if we don’t see the direction we are going as a country….
So, I pray we get back to what counts in the eyes of God. I pray, we change our ways, and in God we will trust, to be great AmerICANS. Happy fourth of July…..
Remember my American friends, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHICH STRENGTHEN ME. PHILIPPIANS 4:13.
BLESSED IS THE NATION WHOSE GOD IS THE LORD; AND THE PEOPLE WHOM HE HATH CHOSEN FOR HIS OWN INHERITANCE. PSALMS 33:12.
IF MY PEOPLE, WHICH ARE CALLED BY MY NAME, SHALL HUMBLE THEMSELVES, AND PRAY, AND SEEK MY FACE, AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS; THEN WILL I HEAR FROM HEAVEN, AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN, AND WILL HEAL THEIR LAND. II CHRONICLES 7:14.
May God bless the USA as we bless God….
Just my thoughts today….In Christ, and His love, Elena Ramirez
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That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. (Ephesians 1:12 KJV).
This scripture reminds me we are called to give God glory. If we trust in Jesus. I try to do this in my life. I try to do it to show gratitude. Maybe you see some of my photos where I say “Glory to God.” This is just my way of trying to do that because of all He has done for me my friends. I am not perfect just a sinner saved by grace. And I do try and work out my Salvation with trembling and fear.
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12 KJV)
Let us stir each other up to remind each other how important giving God glory is. Someday we will all stand before Father. Someday the books will be opened…let the books reflect you gave God glory. Don’t let the enemy silence that from you. It is time to be bold as a lion.
The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion. (Proverbs 28:1 KJV)
A Prayer of Hope…
Father, I praise you, and offer you glory and honor, for who you are! Lord I try to stir myself up, because I love you, and your Holy Spirit. I love who you are, great creator, of heaven and earth. I love that my life is in your hands, and that you are my great shepherd. More then anything, I love how you made a way by Christ, and sent your only begotten son for my salvation, if I believe. I do. Lord, thank you for every good and perfect gift, may my life always be aware to give you glory, honor and praise in everything, and forgive me for not always trusting in the past, or just trying to do things my way. I realize nothing is by chance, and you are in control of everything. Forgive me, as I repent, take away pride, or anything that is not of you, and let me please you, and serve you, to bring you glory! In Jesus name. Amen
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Be careful little eyes what you see. A childs Christian song, but a warning for all of us.
As a servant of the most high God, I realize there are things I have to be careful about, in what I share, write, and yes, give as food for thought.
Yes there is freedom of speech, here in America, and any good citizen would defend your right to say it.
But does it need to be said? Does it need to be shared, or spoken? What is the motive? When you send something? And we really do need to ALL look at this…
I do not want to be a hypocrite, because I have made mistakes, when I have hit that “enter” button. Is the motive to be a “shock value?”
Because to be honest there are a lot of things that are on the internet, and yes they shock. But what can I do as a good citizen and yes, as a servant of God?
I get flustered, when I see the news media not using discretion, and sharing something, that has no real value, but they don’t always see the need to be an example, or to be professional and use some common sense, because people see this crap, and they take it and use it. Hollywood does the same thing. So what can you and I do?
Protect your young ones, yourself, and others, by what you share and what you allow!
I guess some questions to ask yourself, when you are going to share something, is what purpose, will this serve? Am I serving God or the devil?
There are some things here, that are so vile, and evil, and I realize because sometimes, I have seen them, that they can leave an impression, and not a good one.
So, I cannot speak for anybody else, but I do not want to give anything here, that could plant a seed for evil. Even to use as an example of rebuking, or denouncing, because of what the visual can do, is so much more worse damaging. I hope this makes sense, because I cannot speak for anybody else, but I realize what we put into our systems, can affect us.
This is why I am careful, what I watch on television, movies, books I read etc. The enemy is tricky, and you may think you can handle it, but if that seed has been planted, and you know how to do it, it could come to fruit.
And I guess, I am thinking about how God wanted to protect us as well….
He did not want Adam and Eve to eat from the tree of good and evil. Because He knew the knowledge of evil could be planted in their hearts. He does not want us to know how to do evil. This is sin.
When someone goes to these “HOW TO” video sites, to research something, they are looking to learn something. It is bad enough many have the motive to want to cause havoc, and evil, but what about you, the average person, who may not even know the implications, of evil, but you are sharing it? Whose your audience? Is another question to ask.
Have you not noticed, on the news when a terrible crime was done, they retrieve someones computer, to see what did they research and look for?
Just like that computer that knows, what someone searched for God knows as well.
When we see things here, that show evil, we are being used by the enemy. If we share it. I just want to express, that we need to be careful, we need to have a filter, to protect each other as well, from the enemy.
No condemnation, no judging, I am just speaking my heart, that we have this responsibility. As children of God, as servants of the King.
And maybe you do not know God, nor understand the implications, but we will be judged. By God Himself. The fear of God is to depart from evil, not share it. This is understanding. Paraphrasing scripture of Proverbs 3:7 BE NOT WISE IN THINE OWN EYES; FEAR THE LORD, AND DEPART FROM EVIL.
And if anything, we are called to love one another, as we love God.
We need to think about this, and be cautious. Because the truth of the matter if we cannot do it for ourselves, how can we do it in the work we do for God? We are called to think good thoughts, and to be careful.
FOR IF A MAN KNOW NOT HOW TO RULE HIS OWN HOUSE, HOW SHALL HE TAKE CARE OF THE CHURCH OF GOD? I TIMOTHY 3:5.
FINALLY BRETHREN, WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE TRUE, WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE HONEST, WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE JUST, WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE PURE, WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE LOVELY, WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE OF A GOOD REPORT, IF THERE BE ANY VIRTUE, AND IF THERE BE ANY PRAISE, THINK ON THESE THINGS. Phillipians 4:8.
Just my thoughts today, I am not your judge, but maybe this could give you some thought to your own thoughts, and what you share.
In Christ, and His love, Elena Ramirez
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