Too Proud to Believe

Our human penchant for self-centeredness and rebellion stems from our pride. Pride is the downfall of every human being. God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). This is what caused Adam and Eve to believe the serpent’s lie that they could be like God. Mankind still wants to be like god, and many New Age religions promote this falsehood, as if saying or believing it will make it so.

 

The wonderful news of the Gospel is that Jesus Christ dwells within us and gives us the nature of God, as we are led by God’s Spirit. He also gave us His Word, which is His ultimate wisdom. Over the years, hundreds of Biblical prophecies were fulfilled just as they were predicted to occur (Isaiah 42:9). This proves that the Bible is true and trustworthy. We can stake our life and our eternity on it.

 

God’s Word also informs us of historical and scientific facts, which it took humans years to discover using experiments and research. These scientists and historians validated the scriptures as the result of their studies and tests. Actually, the truth was in front of them all along! Even today, mankind is still finding answers to age-old questions in the pages of the Bible.

 

Prophecy, history, archeology and science continually prove the veracity of the Bible (Psalm 119:160). We can believe it, because its words are true (John 3:12). God, Creator of heaven and earth, gave us the answers to our origin and our destiny, which people of every generation still ponder. Archeologists uncover, almost daily, the proof of Biblical claims. Yet many are still too proud to believe.

 

Prayer:

Father God, there is no reason that we should allow our pride to prevent us from accepting Jesus as our Savior. We thank You for bringing us to our knees through the circumstances in our life. You humble us for our benefit, and then You bless us for our humility. You are an amazing and loving Father, and we cannot find anyone or any philosophy, which mankind invented, that fulfills us and completes us like You do (Colossians 2:10). You gave us Jesus as our sacrificial Lamb and He dwells within us by Your Spirit.

 

Thought for the Day:

With specific details, simple truth, and flawless precision, God’s Word consistently reveals to us the origin of our past and the destination of our future.

Satan’s Hoax

God warned Adam and Eve that sin would bring them death and destruction. However, when Satan offered them what seemed to be a more appealing alternative, they chose to believe Satan over God (Genesis 3:4). The path of least resistance is always more appealing to human beings, and Satan loves to convince us that there are no consequences for disobeying God.

Sin always pushes us beyond our comfort zone and costs us more than we can afford. Satan uses our desires to hook our flesh. He makes something that we see, we want to feel or that appeals to our pride to lure us away from holiness (1 John 2:16). Lust locks on and pulls us against our will. Sin entices us to forget God’s Word and to neglect our relationship with Him.

Some people lose confidence in God and rely more on their human reasoning. God calls us to focus on the spiritual rather than on the material; but our flesh nags us to pursue carnal quests instead. Satan makes sure that we are aware of the worldly philosophies of modern comedians and new age practitioners. They disparage the Word and ridicule our faith in an unseen God (Acts 17:23).

Satan gave Adam and Eve a false sense of security based on his evil lies. He convinced them to do what their heart told them to do and what seemed right in their own eyes (Jeremiah 17:9; Genesis 3:5-6; Proverbs 21:2). As a result, we now work by the sweat of our brow and with pain in childbearing (Genesis 3:16-17). Adam and Eve regretted that one decision for the rest of their life.

Prayer:
Father God, we all lost Paradise, which You provided for us, when Adam and Eve sinned. It seems that the modern mind wants tangible proof of Your existence. They discount the exact order in the galaxies and nature, as well as the miracle of human birth. They give credit to some big bang rather than to You. You are under no obligation to prove Your self to us; yet, You reveal Yourself in dozens of different ways every single day. We are just too wrapped up in our hectic lives to pay attention. Draw us close to You and never let us go (Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Peter 2:4-8).

Thought for the Day:
God supplies all of our needs according to His own assets and splendor. – Philippians 4:19