But He gives more grace. Therefore, He says: God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble. James 4:6 NKJV
Selfish desires pride and arrogance are the cause of much strife in our world. The desire for pleasure is a stumbling block to peace and contentment.
A single person won a contest. She became famous. Miss Sparkle received dozens of marriage proposals from men she never met. A professional football player received a huge contract and signing bonus. He is dating one beautiful celebrity after another.
The media teaches us to beat out the competition, so we can become successful. There is nothing wrong with success. There is nothing wrong with competition.
It is wrong to step on and over people to gratify our selfish desires. When the desire for pleasure becomes a priority, we trade the blessings of God for strife and struggle and worry.
Jesus does not want to deny us of anything good. The Lord does not want us to deny ourselves things that will bring joy and contentment into our lives.
What is it that brings us true joy and contentment? What are the eternal blessings of God? What is it God wants to bless us with that can never be taken away?
We were created to live in loving relationships with our heavenly Father and each other!
The key to intimate relationship with God is humility! If we stop striving for things that glitter and shine but possess no eternal value Jesus will deliver us into heavenly blessings!
You cannot take the treasures of this world with you into eternity. The relationships you establish on earth will follow you into the Kingdom of God!
One day we will live in Glory with our heavenly Father. We will experience inexpressible joy in His presence. We can live in blessed loving relationships with each other today if we trust God enough to obey Him!
Walk in humility before Almighty God. Do not feed the desires of your sinful flesh. Focus your attention on the inheritance of eternal treasure your Heavenly Father is storing up for you!
You do not have to be a monk to live a godly life. You do not have to live on a remote island eating coconuts and pineapple to separate yourself from the pride of life and the lust of the flesh. You can live a righteous life today through faith in Jesus Christ!
Prostrate yourself before the Lord. Jesus will give you the grace to walk in humility!
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