Rejecting A Prideful Heart
Rejecting a Prideful Heart
Heart Check Today: Pride!
How is pride causing us to be a pawn for the devil and stunting our growth in Christ? Pastor Ryan Coon taught a humbling message today on guarding our hearts from pride, and instead learn to guard our hearts with humility. Everything we do flows from the heart. “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” - Proverbs 4:23 (NIV). Our hearts should be guarded, protected, loved, and cleansed, so that the words and actions that flow out of our body are drenched in Christ’s love.
During worship today at Calvary, I witnessed beautiful surrender and humility as person after person glided out of their pews, to drop to their knees at the altar. The melody of voices singing “Take courage my heart, stay steadfast my soul, He’s in the waiting. Hold on to your hope as your triumph unfolds, He’s never failing.” The beat of the drums in sync with the beating of our hearts as Jesus pumps love and healing through our veins. “Do not forget His great faithfulness, He will finish all He’s begun.” Humbly, person after person bowed before the Lord, trusting Him to heal their hurt, to renew and prune their hearts. Humbly, despite age, gender, ethnicity, the congregation left their pews to pray over those on their knees before the Lord.
The tears began to well up in my eyes as I saw a young boy leave his pew to walk up and lay hands on a man who was knelt down on the stairs of the altar. The little boy could have remained in his seat, afraid of judgment because of his age, but instead, he stepped out in love to let the Lord speak power through his prayer over the man humbly knelt down before God. The people knelt down at the altar today could have held onto pride and remained in their seats, afraid of showing that they may need prayer, that they need the Lord. But they would have missed out on receiving powerful prayer from the loved ones in our congregation. Please remember, admitting that we need the Lord is not something we should hide. Admitting we need the Lord and need Him to heal and prune our hearts, is the best thing we can do because it’s something every human need. Let’s not allow pride to get in the way of receiving the growth that the Lord wants to give us.
It’s easy for people to hide in the darkness to cover their sins as they walk in pride, building up righteousness on their own. When we step into the light we see things that need to be improved and healed. Stepping into the light isn’t to shame or guilt us, as the world wants us to believe. Stepping into the light is to enable us to be pruned into the likeness of Jesus. When we humbly come before God, He embraces us and all that we are, with love. Stepping into humility and rejecting pride, is like having a cut on your leg: Jesus will clean the wound so that it can heal properly, but if we remain in pride, it’s like rejecting care for our wounds that need to heal.
Do we examine ourselves as much as we examine others? It’s easy to point out flaws in others, but when it comes to ourselves we tend to put blinders on. We want to keep our flaws hidden. It’s often second nature to want to protect ourselves from being seen in the light, to let the very things that we need the Lord to prune in us to be seen by other people. But with Jesus, it’s all out of love that He wants us to shed our pride. It’s love, not judgment. Society has placed this focus on condemning people for not being perfect. Society loves to highlight the very things that may shame us. There’s this unrealistic pressure from society to be perfect. But friends, we are not of this society. We are of the family of God, the family that loves and protects, heals and strengthens!
We can’t receive a heart check if we can’t let go of our pride. We can’t put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10) if we have a prideful heart. When we put on the armor of God, we are putting on Jesus. Every day we need His armor. We need His armor before we can step out into the world because the devil is ready to pounce. But our God is stronger. He’s provided the love and resources we need to withstand all the fiery arrows that the devil may throw our way. Friends, we are capable in Christ to do everything we need to do in this world, but we have to be humble enough to admit when we need the Lord to prune us and keep on the straight path. That path is more amazing than anything we could ever experience trying to build righteousness on our own. The Lord created us in a special and unique way. He knows our heart and He wants to help us keep it clean, thriving, and loving since everything we do flows directly from the heart.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” - Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT)
By: Alicia Shipley
Calvary Storytelling Team
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