In looking back over the years of my life, one thing that helped me lighten my burdens and strengthen my relationship with the Creator bringing His voice into clarity in my life was through letting go of my pride.
Before I got serious about my relationship with The Almighty and began to seek His face, I thought that my efforts and works were sufficient in this life, and that I really didn't need help getting things in order for myself. I believed that whatever I needed to happen in my life could be achieved with my might and human effort, and that God was just a "side kick" verses the main character in my human narrative. Now, I never would have said that out loud, but my actions spoke otherwise.
The way I talked, walked, and lived, showed that I was very prideful and placed high confidence in my human efforts over anything, or anybody in my life. My ego was off the scales! It was Richter-- even!! Boy was I wrong! Now, I know better.
As I matured, I realized that I was grossly in the wrong. My strength is not sufficient. I don't have all the answers. My ego can never help me achieve and acquire the "good" life. I acknowledge and saw that my ego had to go. And if I was serious about growing and maturing in Christ, then I had to come to terms with my short comings, weaknesses, and insufficient abilities acknowledging that the path to elevation, growth, and maturity lay in the understanding that it's through Christ that all things are possible.
After much prayer, repentance, and discipline, I've since learned to humble myself before the Creator. To humble oneself from a biblical view is to carry one's self in a lowly, deflated, and ego-less fashion in which you acknowledge that there's a Creator who has rules, seeks obedience, and wants relationship with His creation.
Since coming to the understanding that it's through Christ's strength that things are made possible in my life, my world has changed for the better effecting not only those in my immediate sphere of influence, but the lives of many that I've never met or knew existed.
If you want an easier, light burdened, and spiritually, mentally/emotionally, and physically abundant life, then let go of pride and follow the instructions of the Bible -- His Words. Through reading, meditating, letting go of ego while honing an attitude of humbleness will help take your relationship with God to a whole new level.
The world in which we live is headed in the opposite direction encouraging an atmosphere of pride, narcissism, and unleashed selfishness. The devil is intent on setting the minds and hearts of men ablaze with his ways while setting the course of destination towards the New World Order. So, it behooves us to be mindful of where this train is going and to jump off while we still have a chance. Cause I don't think anyone's going to be happy when the level of deception pride laid before the fall by way of the adversary is manifested.
In short, realize that you are not a god, immortal, or invincible and that you need help and assistance from the Almighty in all areas of your life. Once you do this, you will enter into His Kingdom of rest and light burdens as well as move towards holistic wellness in Christ Jesus.
May the grace of Jesus be with you.
Smaug, the dragon from the Hobbit, is a great of example of what someone who is pride-full sounds like. He placed his confidence in his power, abilities, and attributes, which set him up for a great fall.
My armour is like tenfold shields, my teeth are swords, my claws spears, the shock of my tail a thunderbolt, my wings a hurricane, and my breath death!
I am armoured above and below with iron scales and hard gems. No blade can pierce me.
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