Pride is Your Enemy
As a leader, being humble is a true test of character. I’m learning having humility is a true test from God. Our life is for God’s glory, not ours. But it’s a constant fight with our flesh and spirit. The ‘worldly man’ has the pride that could kill someone for their glory. Yes, it’s that sickening.
In order to acknowledge that pride is your enemy, one must be humbled with humility. This type of humility isn’t what you think. If you haven’t fell to your knees and surrendered everything, then you don’t know this humility. The pain is so great that you become disoriented with confusion, anger, and sorrow. You withdraw from circles of family and friends, disconnecting yourself from God’s love.
He’s in Control
When you’re humbled to this degree, the humility becomes your fuel. God’s word encourages you that you’re not alone, but this was allowed by your Father in Heaven. In Psalm 37:23 reads, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way” (NKJV). God’s got everything under control.
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” in Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV). Stop stressing. Don’t worry. It’s going to be okay. God’s been taking care of you this whole time, why should you be concerned?
For me, it was pride. I cared about what others thought. My goals were for my gain and little for others. I wanted to impress rather than help. I love to have control when it was time to encourage.
I know it’s easier said than done, but you have to Trust God. Let go and let God. Solomon wrote in Proverbs (KJV) 3:5,6- “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Like I said before, God’s got it.
God will come through when you believe in him. Otherwise, God will let you do it. And I know that I’d rather have God solve my problems, bless me and do miracles on behalf than I attempt to myself. As my mom would say, “either pray and don’t worry or worry and don’t pray, but you can’t do both.” Don’t let your pride ruin your God-given destiny. Pride is your enemy.
Nathan A. Webster, MBA
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