Pride of Life

1 John 2:16

For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.

What is your standard of a successful life? How does your heart measure such success? What are the basic values you pursue to make your dreams come true?

John wrote his letter to the Church warning them of placing their ladder on the wrong wall. How many of us have learned the hard way?  We pursue certain goals built on values we believe are good only to find out many years later how empty and unfulfilling the achievement felt. Looking back, we realize only then that our climb up the ladder may have been fun but eventually ended up on the wrong side of the building. Instead of climbing the north wall, we found ourselves on the opposite side looking across the vast emptiness of space wondering where did we go wrong.

The pride of life blinds many of us from eternal truths and values which produce the more abundant life that we all desire but seem to escape us through the jungle of everyday decisions.

What is the pride of life?

A simple answer is everything and anything which places more importance on the things of this world rather than the eternal habitat God created for you to experience.

God is the author of GOOD. And many of the items we pursue are by themselves good. But our inability to manage them leads to paths of destruction and pain for ourselves and others.

For example, water is a good element. We all need water to survive. We use water as a healthy liquid to drink. We use water to bathe and clean ourselves. And we use water to cook. We even swim in water for relaxation or exercise. But we can also drown ourselves in water. Hold your head underwater for a length of time and you will run out of oxygen and drown.

This is what happens when we wrap our hearts around what makes us feel important. Our status, career, and achievements are only a few of the measuring marks our culture emphasizes as important. Do you?

The pride of life consists of the values this world emphasizes as important at the detriment of leaving Father God out of the picture.

Fame, winning, and academic success are a few more values the world glorifies. Sometimes the world counterfeits God’s concerns but their methods and ways are anti-God. One example is social justice. The human heart has a natural tendency to classify, segregate, and exclude whoever the power base decides is important or unimportant.

At the same time, the culture with an ungodly center, has a tendency to group people together and treat all of them the same rather than individuals. Whereas God looks at each individual’s heart to evaluate their behavior and the action required for justice to be measured, the ungodly establishment seek to punish the entire group for the infraction of one.

When God is not the center of life, the human spirit becomes empowered with pride which blinds the person from separating fantasy from reality and eventually leads toward harming those around them.

Pride is the downfall of many who have a high opinion of themselves. The sad truth is they rarely suffer alone. They normally take along all those who have followed them through the maze. From Lucifer whose pride turned him into Satan, and from many of the dictators, politicians, cult leaders, and business mavericks, pride has led to the destruction of many. The opposite of pride is humility. Humility is God’s path toward learning to walk together in community. Humility places God in the center of every relationship, decision, and plan we make. We acknowledge HIS presence; respect HIS authority in our life; and work to restore HIS values into everyday living. Without God, pride rules. With God, humility leads. Which way will you choose?    

   

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Dr. Mike

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I Am Me-ish

“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.” Gn. 3:6 ESV

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The doctrine of Original Sin is a viewpoint held by many in the Christian faith. In its simple understanding, it states that every person is born in a state of Sin from day one. Which means that every person born starts life depraved by God. I’ve always had a problem with this concept until recently. For how could a loving, good God create something that was imperfect?

The fact is God didn’t create junk. When he made Man & Woman, He stated “very good.” However when our first parents decided to fulfill their personal desires that included rebellion against God, the goodness of God retreated and the void was replaced with sin.

Original Sin is simply the absence of God within a person’s life. In the garden of Eden, there was also the tree of life (GN. 3:22). Adam and Eve could have eaten that tree first, but didn’t. Instead the path chosen led some 4,000 years later to the initial visit of Jesus Christ who became our sacrificial offering and representative before God. He paved the way for a new birth via the Holy Spirit.

Our original parents could have eaten from the tree of life then and receive the Spirit. However, humanity likes to make things harder on themselves rather than just accept the process that started on Pentecost morning when the Holy Spirit birth the Church.

What does that have to do with being Me-ish? Simply without God’s Spirit we are operating totally from a self-centered perspective. We view and operate within the world from our central heart. However, when God’s Spirit makes its residence within you, you become a new creation. You begin to view life through the eyes of the Creator God. You now seek solutions that involves your neighbor and God and you. You no longer operate from a ME-ish position. Instead you operate from a Kingdom of God worldview. Your platform becomes your means to express God’s way while loving your neighbor and yourself in the process.

Eve was Me-ish when she satisfied her desires without taking God and future mankind into consideration. Are we any different? Only because of the grace of God via the Holy Spirit are we different.

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Dr. Mike

Executive Director & Founder
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
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Selfishness or Self-Interest?

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Mark 12:31 ESV

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Somewhere we may have forgotten the difference between selfishness and self-interest.

Jesus stated that we are to love our neighbors as our selves. Yet we are told not to be self-centered. How can one be interested in the self without being self-centered?

Simply defined: self-interest is recognizing that the self is a person, made in the image of God, and is important in God’s domain.

Selfishness on the other hand, is when we only recognize our own personal desires and needs without taking into account the interest of others.

Without the protection of self-interest, we become pawns manipulated by others. Even Jesus said that we are to be harmless as doves but as wise as serpents when dealing with the world.

Without the Spirit of God, a person generally behaves with their personal agenda the center of life. With the Spirit of God one begins to view life from the others perspective. That includes God’s view and the people around us.

We begin to realize that all have been justified through the life and death of Jesus. That we can be a witness for others. We can work with the Spirit for the sake of others as they learn to accept Jesus as their Boss. Until then and thereafter, we are to be concern with our brothers and sisters. We are to take care of them as we want others to take care of us.

As children of God’s Kingdom, we are to follow the lead of the Spirit in our life. We are to include God and others in our decisions. And when push comes to shove, we deny ourselves for God’s glory and for the sake of others. It is not all about me. It is about God, others, and me.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Consultant, Coach, Encourager
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
Author of e-Books:
* Great Business Emulates a Good God
* Be Radical…Follow Christ!
* Simply The Messenger
* Unequally Married