Can you say God is still God and he is good?
May Zac's story change you as it has changed me!
In some times of the church's history "it was considered good for the young Christian to be challenged with the marathon records of Jesus and the saints. This could be humbling, but it could also cause the young prayer-warrior to buckle under the weight of the armor he felt bound to assume. In such cases prayer was not an expression of faith in God's grace, but an monument erected to attract his attention. Trust was not centered on the God who constantly oversees our paths and knows our needs, but on prayer itself, which must be used as a magical lever to pry answers from an unwilling God." (italics added)
--Richard Lovelace in Dynamics of Spiritual Life.
"I fear neither death nor pain."
"What do you fear, my Lady?"
A cage. To stay behind bars until use and old age accept them and all
chance of valor has gone beyond recall or desire.
Give up complaining——focus on gratitude.
Give up pessimism——become an optimist.
Give up harsh judgments——think kindly thoughts.
Give up worry——trust Divine Providence.
Give up discouragement——be full of hope.
Give up bitterness——turn to forgiveness.
Give up hatred——return good for evil.
Give up negativism——be positive.
Give up anger——be more patient.
Give up pettiness——become mature.
Give up gloom——enjoy the beauty that is all around you.
Give up jealousy——pray for trust.
Give up gossiping——control your tongue.
Give up sin——turn to virtue.
Give up giving up——hang in there!
“God opposes the proud, but favors the humble." So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.
As you are thinking about your life in this season of Lent, I would encourage you to ask yourself, "Do I have the characteristic of humility or do I struggle with pride?" Here are 8 questions to ask yourself when it comes to being prideful:
1. Are you teachable?
2. How do you respond to correction and rebuke?
3. Are you considerate of other people?
4. Do you admit when you are wrong or make mistakes?
5. Do you serve and receive service well?
6. Are you consistently aware of God's grace in your life and the people around you?
7. Do you disagree in an agreeable way?
8. How much attention and affirmation do you require?
May we all understand that we are people of pride and that we must pursue humility by the grace of God.