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Topic: Pride (04/12/04)

TITLE: Make GOD the CAPTAIN
By B Price
04/15/04

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Pride is an action we struggle with on a daily basis. God knew this from the beginning of time; this is why He gave us so many stories in the Bible concerning this subject.
One of the prideful things we do is to brag and take credit for things we have done, instead of giving the Lord the glory and honor that is due. We cannot do anything without Him. We need to let God be the captain of our ship. Instead, we want to brag and be the captain. Jesus said, "All things are possible thru Him." He didnít say all things are possible thru us!
Why is it that we want to take the credit ourselves? I believe one of the reasons is, we don*t want to show our weakness to others. We feel that if we give someone else the credit we are admitting that we are weak. Not true! The truth is we are afraid that someone might not give us the credit for a project we have done. Isnít this truly an issue of pride?
So many people donít stop long enough to think what it does to others if we take the credit instead of giving the credit where it is due. So often, we donít even care if someone else might feel bad because they didnít get the proper credit. We just want to look good, and take the credit. Isnít this pride? Yes, it is.
Since we are talking about pride, letís look at another example and what it does. This one does a disservice to the Lord. We often build a "false" pride and do not allow others to know the needs we may have. We do this because we do not want others to know we are having problems because they would think this is a sign of weakness. The truth is we have a problem admitting our weakness because of pride.
What we need to realize is that we are all servants of the Lord. Sometimes the Lord wants us to meet the needs of others and sometimes he wants us to be the receivers of help. When we are to be the receivers, we need to allow people to help us or else they are missing an opportunity for a blessing. In return, our weakness can bring about fellowship with others thus being a blessing for us. If we don*t allow them to help us, we are letting our pride get in the way. When this happens, we are dishonoring God.
We cannot give honor and glory to God when we become prideful. Satan is the one who benefits from our pride. We need to continually pray for our needs and the needs of others then remain open to the Lord*s will and wait for the opportunity to either serve or receive.
Some times our most effective ministry is to let go of our pride and just be honest with ourselves about our weaknesses. When we can do this, we honor the Lord, for he created us and loves us in spite of our weaknesses. Sometimes through our weaknesses, the Lord can do his most effective work on us. Where we are weak, we are strong in Him. We have to first give up our pride and allow the Lord to do his work. We need to allow Him to be the captain of our ship.

BPrice aka Harvest


Member Comments
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Leticia Caroccio04/19/04
I am one who has struggled with letting people know that I am in need. As a new Christian I am learning to let people into my life and see my heart. It is not an easy thing to do. Thank you for your encouraging words.
Norma OGrady04/19/04
Is Jesus In Your Boat?

If Jesus is in our boat, we will never sink. If Jesus is not in our boat, perhaps we need to find Him as our new Captain
L.M. Lee04/20/04
AMen, it takes really humility to allow God to use our weaknesses.
Donna Haug04/24/04
I enjoyed your message. So many need to hear those words. Can I suggest that you double space between your paragraphs? It makes it easier to read. God bless!
Corinne Smelker04/26/04
Congratulations to:

Clotilde Martines
Michael Aubrecht
Linda Germain

And congrats to BPRice for placing 5th!

Linda - you've been in the top 3 so many times - you truly are a winner!!