How can you be saved and unsaved at the same time?
Easy, Just think you have your life under control outside of the will of God and you will easily fall into a trap that was set many millennia ago. Satan always gets a stronghold on us because we all suffer with the malady called “Arrogance”.
What does it mean to be Arrogant?
The definition of arrogance is: an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or in presumptuous claims or assumptions.
If we are totally honest, most of us, or excuse me, ALL of us have had this issue. Too many times we have not only taken God for granted but we have also told Him time after time that we do not need Him. How arrogant can we be by assuming that waking up each day, breathing, touching, thinking, or moving at all are things that we should automatically have given to us?
I just want to take a moment to truly be offended on behalf of God because…
I have been an offender myself.
“Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.” 1 Samuel 2:3
Being in this ever changing world, it’s definitely not hard to offend God. The television and the radio are two major sources that can contribute to our offensive behavior.
Yet, despite all of that, God provides an escape door to the madness.
I have been the one to think I can handle all the different attacks of the enemy. For example, if I listen to certain suggestive songs on the radio or watch suggestive themes on the television, am I really falling off my Godly wagon? And the answer would be “Yes!” If I am surrounded by negative people who only want to do negative things, am I falling off my Godly wagon? “Yes!”
“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18
Do not misunderstand me when I say that God loves us unconditionally but His grace and mercy does come with conditions.
We must counteract our arrogance by being interactive with God. He is the only one who can turn our lives around and put our feet on solid ground. And we can not be so single- minded as to think that we could go a day, much less a week without reading our word or visiting our prayer closet. We must allow Him to guide us every step of the way.
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.” Proverbs 12:15
I learned a few years back that I did not have all the answers and that I needed to not only get out of my own way, but to also allow God to guide my way. It is foolish to think that we can handle life’s challenges without God, but He always waits patiently for us to finally get it together.
Here are some steps that we can use to counteract arrogance:
Step 1: Start taking 5-10 minutes every morning to dedicate to prayer and meditation.
I find that in the mornings before the spouse and kids wake up, is the most quiet and sacred time alone. I fully can connect with God as well as myself.
Step 2: Adjust what you allow to feed you each day spiritually.
We have so much focus on healthy foods and diets, yet we are still taking in the spiritual junk food of the enemy. Turn off the negative radio and television shows and instead turn on something uplifting and motivational, like Gospel/Christian programming. Believe me, there is a huge difference in how that makes you feel.
Step 3: Make a firm decision to adjust your mindset and/or thought process.
Everyday we struggle with being selfish or self- less. We must think of Christianity as a community more than a single person journey. We can’t have better mindsets toward what God has for us, if we think we have to handle everything on our own.
To counteract arrogance is to be more interactive.
God did not create us to do this by ourselves, so stop trying to be something you were not meant to be in the first place.
As always, you got this in this new year 2020!