WHEN YOUR EGO MAKES A FOOL OUT OF YOU
By Dr. Phillip Paschal
WHENEVER WE LIVE AS IF THE WORLD CAN’T GET ALONG WITHOUT US, AND WE MAKE OURSELVES TO BE MORE THAN WHAT WE ARE, IT IS LIKE LIVING IN A GLASS HOUSE JUST WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO THROW A STONE, WHICH WILL CAUSE OUR HOUSE TO TUMBLE DOWN AROUND US. YES MY BROTHERS AND MY SISTERS, ONE PROBLEM IN THE WORLD TODAY IS THAT OF EGOTISTICAL PRIDE. PRIDE, THE DESTROYER OF PERSONALITIES. PRIDE, THE BARRIER THAT BLOCKS HUMILITY. PRIDE, THE LAND MINE THAT HAS BLOWN MANY REPUTATIONS INTO SMITHEREENS. PRIDE, THAT THING THAT INFLATES OUR ATTITUDES, DISRUPTS OUR ALTITUDE, AND HINDERS OUR APTITUDE, IS A MAJOR STUMBLING BLOCK IN THIS WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE.
THERE ARE MANY WHO LIVE AS IF THE JOB JUST CAN’T FUNCTION UNLESS THEY ARE IN CHARGE. THERE ARE THOSE IN THE SPIRITUAL ARENA WHO EGOTISTICALLY FEEL AS IF EVERYTHING IN THE CHURCH CENTERS AROUND THEM. BUT MY BROTHERS AND MY SISTERS, YOUR EGO CAN MAKE A FOOL OUT OF YOU IN THAT WHILE YOU THINK THAT YOU ARE ALL OF THAT, OTHERS ARE LAUGHING, TALKING, AND EVEN CRITICIZING YOU BEHIND YOUR BACK.
HOW MANY OF US KNOW SOMEONE THAT THEIR PRIDE HAS MESSED THEM UP? HOW MANY OF BEAR WITNESS TO THE FACT THAT INFLATED EGO’S GET BUSTED RATHER ABRUPTLY? YES MY BROTHERS AND MY SISTER, IF WE DON’T GET THE BEST OF OUR EGO’S, OUR EGO’S WILL GET THE BEST OF US, AND I AM HERE TO TELL YOU THAT YOUR EGO CAN MAKE A FOOL OUT OF YOU.
God loves us all. Chris Broussard!
God made us stewards of this earth.
In the recent past we have seen calamitous events which have included the death of innocents. We wonder why. Why does God allow such misery. Our human experience provides no answers. Some ask, “Does God really exist?” Others are steeled by their faith God and His Bible. God has a plan for each of us which is beyond our understanding. Gods plans have been being fulfilled for millions of years. We must pray, worship God, make His Son, Jesus, our personal savior and look for that glorious day when Jesus will return and shout, “Come up!” waking the dead in Christ and raise them and the living church to Heaven. Jesus said that no one but, the Father knows the hour of His return. O Happy Day! —GoodOleWoody
Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself – That is, that hidest thy counsels and plans. The idea is, that the ways of God seems to be dark until the distant event discloses his purpose; that a long series of mysterious events seem to succeed each other, trying to the faith of his people, and where the reason of his doings cannot be seen. The remark here seems to be made by the prophet, in view of the fact, that the dealings of God with his people in their long and painful exile would be to them inscrutable, but that a future glorious manifestation would disclose the nature of his designs, and make his purposes known (see Isaiah 55:8-9): ‘My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways’ (compare Psalm 44:24; the notes at Isaiah 8:17).
The Saviour – Still the Saviour of his people, though his ways are mysterious and the reasons of his dealings are unknown. The Septuagint renders this, ‘For thou art God, though we did not know it, O God of Israel the Saviour.’ This verse teaches us that we should not repine or complain under the mysterious allotments of Providence. They may be dark now. But in due time they will be disclosed, and we shall be permitted to see his design, and to witness results so glorious, as shall satisfy us that his ways are all just, and his dealings right.
Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God‘s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. …