The Letter Kills

Scripture Who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. ~2 Corinthians 3:6, NASB Quote Mere Bible study, however diligent, does not make a person spiritual. ~John B. Phillips The Bible is a wonderful book. It…

The Savage Monster

Scripture A person’s pride will bring him low, but one who has a lowly spirit will gain honor. ~Proverbs 29:23, NET Quote The god of this world is pride. ~Martin Luther Dr. Graham’s September 29 devotion is about spiritual growth. We begin as babes in Christ, craving the milk of the word, but we are…

Priggery

Scripture The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! ~Luke 18:11, NLT Quote Man’s only infinite trait is his ignorance. ~Ya’akov Do you want a challenge mentally? Read Augustine or C.S. Lewis.  Yesterday, Augustine…

Proud As A Peacock

Scripture “Is this not magnificent Babylon, which I have built as a royal capital by my mighty power and for my glorious majesty?” ~Daniel 4:30, NRSV Quote Pride first, then the crash, but humility is precursor to honor. ~Solomon {Proverbs 18:12, Msg} Life can be humbling for even the proudest and the most successful. Nebuchadnezzar was…

Pride And Riches

Scripture Rich people may think they are wise,    but a poor person with discernment can see right through them. ~Proverbs 11:28, NLT Quote To see a prosperous man that is humble, is the greatest rarity in the world. ~Bernard of Clairvaux Proverbs deals with a lot of generalities: it is not impossible for a rich man…

Removing The Strut

Scripture Therefore, the Lord says: “I am planning disaster against this people, from which you cannot save yourselves. You will no longer walk proudly, for it will be a time of calamity. ~Micah 2:3, NIV Quote Pride always precedes a fall; it is a spiritual law and it is as real as the law of…

The Pride Of Babylon

Scripture You [Babylon] thought that you would be queen forever. You didn’t care what you did; it never entered your mind that you might get caught. Isaiah 47:7, CEV Quote When people reject the authority of God in their life, they eventually become hedonist. ~Allistar Beggs God used Babylon to judge His children but unfortunately…

Be Careful

Scripture “Be careful that you don’t forget the LORD your God by failing to keep his commands, ordinances, and statutes that I am giving you today. ~Deuteronomy 8:11, CSB Quote Success is not final and failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ~Sir Winston Churchill There are twenty four “Be Careful’s” in Deuteronomy…

Humility Verses Pride

Scripture In the same way, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. All of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. ~ 1 Peter 5:5 (CSB) Quote Humility puts others first. ~David Walls This is coming up in my 1 Peter series but…

The Pride Of Ephraim

Scripture The Ephraimite archers turned back on the day of battle.  They did not keep God’s covenant and refused to live by his law. They forgot what he had done, the wondrous works he had shown them. ~ Psalms 78:9-11 (CSB) Quote “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” ~George Santayana The tribe of Ephraim…