The Message

Confidence and Arrogance

Understanding Pride

If we submit to God, He will renew and cleanse us of all unrighteousness, and no residue of evil will ever be left. Therefore, our focus should stay in God’s presence to do the mission we are called to and obey the instructions He gave us. Our strong relationship with the Father is already defeating the enemy’s plans to separate us from His love and care. Whatever challenges he created to put us down, we cannot blame the Father for our struggles.  

God’s love will continue to lift us while we remain dependent on Him. The enemy of faith, the distractors, and the followers of the Father of lies can only put barriers on our minds when we allow it. It fogs our vision, drains our inner self to extreme exhaustion until our body burns out, and gives up and affects our strength to fight a good fight of faith.

Do not let our hearts be troubled that the enemy will succeed because for every inch the enemy gets closer to the wall of our faith; the Holy Spirit will add two inches thicker, and the more they try to get closer, the more walls will be added. Believe in God, Jesus said, believe in Him (Jesus), that God is in Him, and believe in yourself. Together,  when they are in us, and we are in them, the enemy who is interested in putting us down will be powerless. We are protected from the inside out. There is no situation bigger than God. The enemy can only attack our emotions and never can attack our Spirit when we are already part of God’s divine nature— the Holy Spirit.

They are limited only to our emotions but can never position themselves in the holy of holies. When Jesus proclaimed His divine identity as God, he stunned His accusers. Jesus was charged with blasphemy, and to defend himself, He quoted a verse in Psalm 82, “You are gods, and all of you are children of the Highest.” If the Scripture called humans gods, He shows Scripture misunderstood for calling Himself God. As it is written, human beings are gods. God, after creating the animal and plant kingdom, produces the same of its kind. When Adam begot a son named Seth after his image and likeness, this revealed to us that God is reproducing His image and likeness to humankind, which can bring to our understanding that we are children of the Most High.

For more explicit examples to lessen the conflict of the minds, let us be more specific in dealing with this revelation. We expect a child to be born when a person bears a child. A person will give birth to a person, a sheep bears a sheep, and the offspring will all be sheep, and the offspring of a dog is a dog. Therefore,  we can call them the offspring of God’s gods. Flesh gives birth to flesh, and the Spirit gives birth to Spirit. The two natures of the child of God John 3:6

We should be cautious about saying something we are not or cannot even define. Are we allowed by the Scripture to boast? What do we get from boasting? Is boastiScripturedly act? What if we boast and turn into promises that we cannot fulfill? Is boasting about our accomplishments not a good act? The nature of boasting determines the person’s motive. Is it an egoistic act or praising someone? Boasting an Old English word that means hallelujah, which means to praise God. All the things God created are beautiful; to be proud of them is our acknowledgment of His existence and greatness.  

Boasting is a widely accepted means of speaking with pride. Sometimes, being prideful is offensive to others, and sometimes, even talking about our success to inspire others is misjudged if the intentions are purely self-uplifting, self-centered, show-off, and self-righteousness. Paul wrote about this kind of person and the evilness of this work. In 2 Timothy 3:2, he said, “People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy.”

If we expound on Paul’s letter to Timothy, these are selfish people. Instead of serving others or working together for the common good, the intention is to serve themself and their self-interest. These people may also love to talk about their fortune.  

Having too much money can cause people to be proud of themselves and sometimes not even acknowledge the Giver of their success. God is a jealous God but never will be jealous of us having too much, especially when helping the needy.

These people will realize in time that God is the reason for their success, and of course, God will value their hard work, and there is no doubt in my mind about it. Faith, together with work, goes hand in hand. People give tithes and offer to show how much they donate that time; they intentionally hold the money for a little longer before putting it in the collection basket so other members will see it. The Scripture is unequivocal. Do not let your left hand know what the right hand is doing. Scripture, make giving a secret; the Father sees in secret and knows that it came from our heart.

It is more of testimony when we boast about God of His good nature and His deeds towards our well-being, and our testimony for answered prayers can serve as praise for His goodness and love to humanity. We can also boast how He uses His power, forgiving heart, mercy, and grace. His presence can be felt everywhere. He can do anything and everything under His infinite power. When we boast about somebody’s work towards their advancement, we can describe it as a proper way of using boastfulness, but when it is for self-advancement, harming others is improper boasting.

Boasting is profitable when nature or motive is to praise God, to honor someone for a job well done, and when boasting is not politicized. Boasting can be good and evil. It can be acceptable, and it can be subject to rejection. It depends on how boasting will be delivered and how the person deserves to be praised. Praising God is the joy that we may experience His presence and His instructions to follow and accomplish His purpose and will. If we boast about others, we do not put them above God and Christ.

Old and New Testaments encourage us to boast or praise other human beings properly. Let others praise you and not you, praising yourself. Boasting our accomplishments instead of letting others do it looks improper. Boasting something that belongs to God and praising somebody or something above God and Christ is something we should not do, and we refrain from exaggerated boasting. Boasting how we look better than others instead of boasting about what is inside us is taking away God of His work on us.

Proper or improper, Paul said that boasting has its limit. “We, however, will not boast beyond proper limits but will confine our boasting to the sphere of service God Himself has assigned to us, a sphere that also includes us.” 2 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV). While James explicitly said: “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” “As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.”— James 4:15-16 (NIV).

Boasting about you is an expression of pride, something that God hates. Anything that we do that is against God’s will is a violation of His goodness and an abuse of our free will. As Paul describes, “They have become filled with wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant, and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, fidelity, love, or mercy.” Romans1:29-31.

Prophet Jeremiah wrote 9:24, “But let the one who boasts boast about this:  that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord  who exercises kindness,  justice, and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight, declares the Lord.” Paul’s writing follows this in 1 Corinthians 1:31quote; “Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”  

Living in humility is living free from arrogance and conceitedness and lifting ourselves. We can be falsely judged for living in arrogance when it is supposedly confident that we have God who provides everything we need. If I said, I could buy a mansion. Is that arrogance or just being confident that I can buy a house? Due to our excitement, we may not be aware that we said something arrogantly, which the hearer may base their quick judgment on, such as boasting or showing off. Many people are judgmental due to jealousy, the pride of not accepting that we have what they don’t have.

Three factors representing godly work are our attitude, behavior, and maturity to deal with unexpected circumstances. If we do not want to be judged wrongfully, we should apply the act of humility. Humility is the best weapon in any situation when a disagreement arises. God is always delighted when His children righteously humble themselves. If the absence of darkness is brightness and arrogance is humility, then we can claim that our life is based on our humility to God’s sovereignty and qualify us for His saving grace, which is a favor from God. “These are the ones I look on with favor:  those who are humble and contrite in spirit:” Isaiah 66:2

Jesus spoke to a man who had called Him ‘good,’ asking him, ‘Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.’ (Luke 18:19). He said to him, ‘Why are you asking me about what is good? There is only One who is good, but if you wish to enter life, keep the commandments (Matthew 19:17). Some, if not many, would say that we are not God’s children because God does not directly create us. God only created one man in His image and likeness, who then caused sin to enter the world and was used by God to fulfill His purpose for humanity. The Bible states, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Understanding HumblenessWhen Jesus responded in Matthew 19, that could only characterize him as humble. Though how much humbleness He will show to His accuser, they will not change their mind to get Him for blasphemy; it is a done deal. They do not have to listen; they don’t want the truth; they want to get him. Jesus responded, not claiming for Him alone but to all in a position authorized by God. In John 10:34, “Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’?” Jesus based this response on Psalm 82 said, “You are gods, sons of the Highest, all of you;” (Psalm 82:6)

If we practice humbleness and remain true to ourselves, we may achieve it; as the saying goes, “practice makes perfect.” If we keep on doing it, it will turn into a habit. Though it may take time, it is better to start slowly than to wait for time to dictate, which might not come. What you can do today is do it today, for tomorrow is another day to celebrate. If the reason is slothfulness, we have to be aware that it is a sin; to be lazy is one of the deadly sins and will deny you of precious wealth Proverbs 12:27. While those who work will have plenty of bread Proverbs 12:11

Why put things aside that cause your idleness when your hands are ready to work that will make you rich— Proverbs 10:4. Do not let your hand refuse to labor for your mind controls the hand, and do not let your mind dictate laziness that may result to be a habitual act. If you want to plant good seeds for others, why wait until tomorrow when you can do it today, and the harvest will be sooner rather than later? Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men—Colossians 3:23. A person with a kind heart is always the first to be approached in time of need; a person that always says yes to the LORD; the kind of person that thinks for the well being of others.

Humility is acknowledging mistakes, apologizing, and taking corrective actions. Do not think that practicing humility makes you feel low or less critical. Humility is an important quality that we must have. We must think big because the One above has a big heart and forgives all our unrighteousness. God Himself would want us to be humble. The Prophet Micah tells us, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8 needs training and commitment to develop humility and devotion to His almighty so that all our effort belongs to Him, not ourselves. James said, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you.” James 4:10

Without humility, pride will take over, which is not what we want. Pride is a sin, and when we sin, we disobey the purpose and will of God. This characteristic is essential to God; without it, we can never repent and turn to God. Without repentance, there is no forgiveness, and that is very clear. Therefore, we need to humble ourselves before God. Paul said all have sinned and are short of God’s glory; this absolute means that all men are sinless.

God wants us to be like Him and to be like His Son. It doesn’t mean being as big and powerful as they are, as we are not even at the level of their supremacy. We must take it by heart if we are partakers of God’s divine nature. We are part of the Godhead; in reality, we can witness this truth, but we should not boast for it as we do not have the authority to boast but instead to humble ourselves to God’s delight.

We should recognize our position as children of God in the Trinity as the third person and be directly involved in spreading the work of His Holy Word. We are, and we should acknowledge that rightly dividing the word of God, we should not be ashamed. A disgrace will never allow anyone to be part of the Godhead without humility. Some may claim they are partakers of God’s divine nature and are still doing wicked work. “Whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6). There are so many hindrances, but we must overcome them; we must continue to fight the good fight of faith. We are confident that we have God and His Spirit that will provide everything we need to defend our faith, but they will continue to attack and charge us as arrogant.

As written in both the Old and the New Testament, humility is essential to our walk in this journey. Some people of ancient times showed humility and were rewarded as heroes of faith. They were listed in the letter to the Hebrews and will be rewarded on the last day. We can learn from these heroes how to be humble in the eyes of God; Abel offered a more acceptable sacrifice, which God commended as righteous; Enoch was commended as having pleased God; Noah became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith; Abraham obeyed God to go out to a place not knowing where he was heading.

Faith draws many things: Humility, righteousness, dependence on God, trust, confidence, submission to His will, acknowledging His infinite power, and merciful to forgive. Our weaknesses and susceptibility to temptations can be changed by faith. God is in control all in all. Every good thing we possess,  talents, and gifts from God alone must be uplifted for His glory. God is our provider and no one else.

David’s humility brought in patience—He waited for God’s time to put him as king and never tried to overthrow King Saul; he waited for God to remove King Saul and eventually sat on the throne as Israel’s king. Likewise, Joseph’s leadership as administrator over Egypt after so many painful experiences never considered revenge against those who caused that pain but instead helped them in times of need. Joseph recognizes God in everything, and his humility brought many people alive through it.

Paul is a learned person, and we learn humility through his writings, like his letter to Philippians 2: “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.’ ‘Don’t look out only for your interests, but take an interest in others, too.” Philippians 2:3-4 (NLT)

The most outstanding example of them all when it comes to humility is the Lord Jesus Christ. As presented by Paul in his letter to the Philippians, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

Therefore, God also had highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and those on earth, and those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:5-11)

When you do a wrongful act, such as false accusation, making yourselves above others, never accepting opinions or suggestions that you think will not get credit, or always expecting rewards in return for any good deeds, there are many more we can mention about this type of person. You should know that you cannot please God with this behavior. Not only do you sin for yourself and others, but you sin against God.

We cannot be right all the time. We need to make a 360-degree turn, confess our sins, ask God for forgiveness, and then open our arms to help others. When we do that, we technically humble ourselves. God can make us strong during our weaknesses and may give us the wisdom to do the right thing. Faith can move us from weakness to strength, from unrighteous to righteous, from arrogance to confidence, and from pride to humbleness. Without faith, we cannot please God; without humility, faith and humbleness go hand in hand.

How can we say that we have faith and yet we are prideful? We cannot have faith and hope without humility. How long are we going to wait for hope to come? How can we show humility when we only love ourselves? We must understand that faith, hope, and love come with humility.

Father, thank you for all the things you have given and the revealed word we may use; your word will be profitable to the hearer and push them forward to be doers. Therefore, let Your word that will come out of our mouths, and the writings may lead us to understand and be blessed.

You are our only source, Father, to spread the truth, and for those who will cause confusion and disagreement, they will come to their senses that it is not from me but from you, the Almighty one. The knowledge that will bring them will be justified, and they will feel the righteousness of this work. May you bless the reader, the doer of your work, and those who heard that believing in your Son Jesus Christ, our 2nd and last Adam, will give them eternal life.

God bless us all in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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