Is it possible to be “saved” and “unsaved” at the same time?
Well, think of this way, if you feel you have your life under control outside of the will of God then I have news for you; you are easily falling into a trap that was set many millennia ago. Satan aka the enemy always gets a stronghold on us because we all have suffered with the malady called “Arrogance”.
What does it mean to be arrogant you ask?
The definition of arrogance is: an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or in presumptuous claims or assumptions.
If we are 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.
Hmmm…how has that worked out for us?
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?
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 (Twilight Zone 2020-2021), it’s definitely not hard to offend God. Especially since most of us have not been able to face our true flaws until the COVID Pandemic.
The television and the radio are two major sources that have contributed to our sometimes, offensive behavior.
Yet, despite all of that, God provides an escape door to the madness i.e. surprise blessings and awe inspired miracles.
I can admit that 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?
For me, the answer would be “Yes!”
Another example, If I am surrounded by negative people who only want to do or say negative things, am I falling off my Godly wagon?
Again for me, that answer would be “Yes!”
“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18
Do not misunderstand me, God definitely loves us unconditionally, but His grace and mercy do come with conditions.
We must counteract our arrogance by being interactive with God often. He is the only one who can turn our lives around and put our feet on solid ground (yes, this is a very real statement that preachers preach).
We can’t 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 some 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.
We should all pray for Godly patience.
Now, here are some steps that I want to share with you to help counteract the arrogance:
Step 1: Start taking 5-10 minutes every morning/evening to dedicate to prayer and meditation.
I find that in the mornings before my hubby and kids wake up, is the most quiet and sacred time alone. I fully can connect with God as well as myself.
Or I find the time after everyone has gone to bed and that tends to work for me as well.
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 will be 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 the journey of Faith as a community more than a single person race. We can’t have better mindsets toward what God has for us, if we think we have to handle everything on our own. We need other believers to cheer us on or to hold us accountable for not fulfilling the will of God.
“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:6
To counteract arrogance is to be more interactive, remember that.
God provides the provision but it is up to us to make the decision. You got this!