O Thou terrible meek, let not pride swell my heart…How can I flaunt myself proudly? Lowest abasement is my due place, for I am less than nothing before Thee. Help me to see myself in Thy sight, then pride must wither, decay, die, perish. Humble my heart before Thee, and replenish it with Thy choicest gifts. -The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions
TAKE MY LIFE AND LET IT BE
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Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice, and let me sing always, only, for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect, and use every power as Thou shalt choose.
Take my will, and make it Thine; it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own; it shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee.
A Christian is to show hospitality, literally to be a lover of strangers. Part of hospitality is being a gracious host to your guest and doing all you can to make your guest feel comfortable in your home. What are some of the common things we do to make guests feel comfortable in our home? Of these, which, if not done from a right heart, could be motivated more by our pride than by a love for strangers? In what way could this be detrimental to the welfare of our family?
“In those days” Hezekiah became mortally ill. To understand the significance of this one must read 2 Chronicles 32 to place it in historical context. What had transpired immediately prior to this was God’s deliverance of Judah from the hand of Sennacherib, king of Assyria. As a result of this deliverance Hezekiah was exalted by the peoples and in the sight of other nations (2 Chronicles 32:23), but he did not acknowledge God’s deliverance and his heart became proud (2 Chronicles 32:25), and God’s wrath was upon him. So, it was “in those days” that he was struck ill and Isaiah was sent to him to proclaim God’s word to him.
Hezekiah was stricken by the pronouncement of God’s judgment and humbled himself before the Lord and repented of his pride. God, being faithful to His nature (1 John 1:9), forgave Hezekiah and allowed him to live, withholding His judgment and not bringing it upon Judah in Hezekiah’s day. However, Hezekiah’s pride would be directly responsible for Judah’s eventual captivity to Babylon. Hezekiah was very wealthy with great riches. When the envoy of Babylon made a call on Hezekiah 2 Chronicles 32 says that God let Him alone to test his heart. Once again Hezekiah’s pride came forth and he proudly displayed all of his wealth to the Babylonians and thus marked Judah for future conquest and pillaging.
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Truth in Practice
Pride is one of man’s greatest adversaries. It is a part of our carnal, sinful nature and proceeds forth out of our heart (Mark 7:20-23). Even for the Christian who has been redeemed, forgiven and delivered from the bondage of sin, pride remains as part of that remnant of indwelling sin. Our pride must be continually mortified (Colossians 3:5-11) in our bodies because once put down, it will come back up again in some other form. We must be constantly vigilant of our own hearts, searching and examining ourselves for even the slightest indication that pride is manifesting itself. Pray for humility, guard your heart, and ever seek to be like our Lord (Philippians 2:3-8).
Q. What shall be done to the wicked at the day of judgment?
A. At the day of judgment the bodies of the wicked being raised out of their graves, shall be sentenced, together with their souls, to unspeakable torments with the devil and his angels for ever (Dan. 12:2; John 5:28,29; 2 Th. 1:9; Mt. 25:41).