I recall at the beginning of the year 2020 many preachers utilizing the ‘play-on-words’ that the year 2020 provided.
I can’t count how many “2020” vision analogies I heard. Many of those preachers went out on a limb to make ‘prophecies’ that have ‘gone down in flames’.
I’ve always had a problem with preachers who want to tickle their congregation’s ears every New Year with promises of, “The Lord told me that this year is your season!”
Really? Every year? Everybody? It’s stupid statements like that, that are ‘fodder’ for atheists and skeptics.
Calendar year 20/20 has proven to be one of the most challenging of this modern era, and as of now there are three and a half months left.
However, there is one thing that these prophets may have not considered…
WHICH CALENDAR DOES GOD GO BY?
Even though God exists outside of time, He still uses it as a point of reference for us, but does He go by the the Gregorian calendar that is named after Pope Gregory XIII. He introduced it in October of 1582. It’s the solar calendar system used throughout most of the world,
Or, does God work through the Jewish Calendar? Read this…
Exodus 12:1-2 (KJV)
And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying,2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
God told this to Moses as they left Egypt. It is a lunar calendar and even though it has evolved through the centuries, there is no evidence that God defines His times and seasons by the calendar we use today.
I’m by no means an expert on the Hebrew calendar, but I do think it’s foolish to assume that God bases what He does and His timeline on a calendar that WE established rather than one that is rooted in what He established.
According the the Jewish calendar, the year 5782 began September 7, 2020. So, if you don’t like the way that 2020 has gone, HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We don’t assign parameters of time to God, He defines them to us. So, when you try to discern the times, let’s remember that time itself belongs to God.
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!”
We all know words hurt. Verbal insults can inflict wounds that leave behind scars that last a lifetime.
As disciples of Christ we should develop a ‘tough skin’ to minimize the pain of when people insult us, however there’s one thing we should all remember about insults.
They hurt even more when they are injected with some painful truth about us…
“I can’t stand your selfish _______!”
“You wouldn’t be so broke if you weren’t so lazy!”
“People don’t like being around you because you’re so mean!”
“You know you’re much too heavy to wear that!”
It really doesn’t matter if the insult is said to hurt you, sometimes God will use an insult to help us examine ourselves so we can change. Especially if we have people around us who always say what we want to hear.
The disciples knew that the Pharisees and religious leaders were insulted at the rebukes of Yeshua, but they were filled with truth…
Matthew 15:12-13 (NKJV)
12 Then His disciples came and said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?”
13 But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted.
When someone is accused of libel or slander, if what they said is true, then they are considered to be innocent.
Yes, insults are painful, but most of the time it’s the truth in some insults that make them more painful. Being honest with ourselves, even though it hurts, can help us make the necessary adjustments to achieve personal and spiritual growth.
God makes it clear in His word what He loves and what He hates. We have a tendency to ‘cherry-pick’ what sins we want to say are more critical (fornication, adultery, homosexuality, abortion, gambling) even to the point of politicizing them. God however, when He gives us a list of seven sins that He considers to be abominations (even though all sin displeases Him, abominations displease Him to a repugnant level), it’s obvious which one tops the list.
Proverbs 6:16-19 (NKJV)
16 These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to [a]Him: 17 A PROUD LOOK, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, 19 A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren
If you notice verse 17, pride is just as much an abomination as abortion (one way innocent blood is shed)
1 John 2:16 (NKJV)
16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the PRIDE OF LIFE—is not of the Father but is of the world.
Here are 5 reasons that pride may be the deadliest of all sins:
1. PRIDE GOT SATAN KICKED OUT OF HEAVEN…
It was pride that caused the enemy to be rejected by God because he desired to exalt himself above God.
Isaiah 14:12-13 (NKJV)
12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O [a]Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! 13 For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north;
We must be very careful of when we are guilty of this type of pride today. When we impose and prioritize our will above God’s will.. When we decide for God which sins are BIG sins and which sins are small sins… When we prioritize our traditions, laws and ordinances above God’s.
2. PRIDE IS LIKE A SPIRITUAL CANCER THAT LEADS TO OTHER SPIRITUAL ILLNESSES.
Pride is like a spiritual cancer, that spreads to other spiritual illnesses.The problem is the PARENT sin that so many other sins. Many other sins are BIRTHED from our pride, think about it…
Look at the ‘works of the flesh’…
Galatians 5:19-21 (NKJV)
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: [d]adultery, [e]fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, [f]murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Notice this list of sins that God considers equal to homosexuality…
Romans 1:26-32 (NKJV)
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their [i]women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the [j]men, leaving the natural use of the [k]woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, [l]sexual immorality, wickedness, [m]covetousness, [n]maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 [o]undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, [p]unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
Many of these sins are a result of pride in our hearts…envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil minds, covetousness, maliciousness, sexual immorality, gossip, boasting, unforgiving, etc.
3. PRIDE BLINDS PEOPLE THAT THEY CAN’T SEE THEY ARE GUILTY OF IT
Many times we can’t see when we are filled with pride. Even if someone tries to tell us we won’t accept it. This is deadly! It’s no different than ignoring a deadly diagnosis. Refusing to accept our pride leads to complacency with not only pride but other sins.
4. PEOPLE HAVE CONVINCED THEMSELVES PRIDE NOT A SIN
We live in a society that considers pride to be an attribute and even a virtue. How many times have you heard people say, “I’VE GOT MY PRIDE”?
Society has accepts and excuses…
Pride in traditions…
Pride in our children…
Pride in our accomplishments…
God has not given us permission to be PROUD of any of these things. Thankful? Yes! Proud? No!
5. PRIDE CREATES IDOLS THAT ARE NOT GRAVEN IMAGES
Pride is actually worshipping ourselves, accomplishments, traditions and our flesh.As mentioned in number 3 above, we create idols of what we are proud of. We honor it. We fight for it. We condemn others when they don’t give the level of respect that we feel they should. Look at how Yeshua rebuked the ‘system’ for prioritizing their traditions over the word of God…
Matthew 15: 6b
6 then he need not honor his father [a]or mother.’ Thus you have made the [b]commandment of God of no effect by your tradition.
Notice how this gentleman blatantly imposes his will over God’s will when confronted with the fact that the word ‘swear’ should be removed from the constitution…
So here’s the conversation:
Matthew 5:34-37 (NKJV)Jesus Forbids Oaths34 But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 But let [b]your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.https://beblesstified.com/2020/06/25/why-the-word-swear-needs-to-be-removed-from-the-constitution-asap/
HIM: (Justifying what he wants to believe in spite of what Jesus said)
“The only reason God forbids you from swearing to an oath is that he wants us to realize that when you swear to something, he is going to hold you to it. I swore to this oath and with God’s help I will hold to it and I stand by it. If he didn’t want us to swear to something then why did he swear in Isaiah that ever knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
As far as taking swear out of the constitution only weakens the meaning of it and would make it null and void and that is what the powers that be want.“
He was referring to Isaiah,,,
Isaiah 45:23 (NKJV)
23 I have sworn by Myself; The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, And shall not return, That to Me every knee shall bow, Every tongue shall take an oath.
(This is God swearing by Himself. We are not God)
“Yeshua forbade us from swearing because He wants the truth in our words to stand on its on, like His. That’s why He said ‘Let your yes be yes, and your no be know’. You are trying to justify doing something that God clearly said DO NOT DO.Taking the word swear out does not weaken anything if God said don’t do it. As far as Isaiah, That was God swearing by Himself…we are not God. You already know that oaths were permitted in the Old Testament, just like ‘an eye for an eye’. James 5:12 But above all, my brethren, (A)do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into [a]judgment. God bless you my brother”
“I still stand by my word and I’m sure all others will as well.”
That’s fine and quite frankly that’s the problem. This is the type arrogance and pride that is bringing this country down. (pride comes before a fall). You are standing on YOUR word. I am standing on GOD’S word. I gave you scriptures from Matthew and James and explained the context of Isaiah. What you are doing is expecting God’s word to submit to YOUR will instead of submitting to HIS. Do you realize how dangerous that is? Do you realize that’s exactly what the Pharisees, Chief Priests, and Scribes did? I have done my duty in planting a seed of truth. God bless you. https://beblesstified.com/2020/07/05/worried-about-losing-your-freedom-look-at-your-own-pride-first/
6. PRIDE CAUSES GOD TO RESIST US
James 4:6-7 (NKJV)
6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
Pride causes God to actually resist us. It causes God to ‘turn His face from us’ until we repent. However, humility is what causes Him to release His underserved favor upon us.
7. PRIDE MAKES US ‘HARDHEADED’ AND ‘HARDHEARTED’
Pride makes us refuse to listen to Godly reason and gain Godly wisdom. It causes us to reject the word of God. It makes us reject instruction that can help us grow closer to God and mature spiritually. Pride makes us refuse to grow, and allows us to protect our own ignorance.
Proverbs 15:25-33 (NKJV)
25 The Lord will destroy the house of the proud, But He will establish the boundary of the widow.
26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord, But the words of the pure are pleasant.
27 He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house, But he who hates bribes will live.
28 The heart of the righteous studies how to answer, But the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil.
29 The Lord is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.
30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, And a good report makes the bones [a]healthy.
31 The ear that hears the rebukes of life Will abide among the wise. 32 He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding. 33 The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility.
Proverbs 16:18-20 (NKJV)
18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before [a]a fall. 19 Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the [b]spoil with the proud.
20 He who heeds the word wisely will find good, And whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.
Remember to always replace the word PROUD with the word THANKFUL!
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