“She’s Gonna Be Ok”

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3 Things To Do To ‘Be Still’

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭46:10‬ ‭KJV
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My wife’s aunt was watching our girls this past weekend and she told us this story about our youngest, Brynne. Brynne was praying for lunch and she speeded right through her prayer, “ThankyouJesusforthisfoodamen.” Brynne was told to slow down so then her prayer was “T h a n k y o u J e s u s f o r t h i s f o o d a m e n.”

When I heard this story, I started thinking about how much God wants us to slow down.

In this crazy, fast paced world, we rarely have time for God or spiritual things! We are too busy working, spending time with friends and family and even sometimes too busy doing ministry work. God wants us to ‘Be still and know Him.’

So how do we ‘be still’ in this ever changing world?

1. Set apart time to ‘be still.’

You have to purpose and plan a time to be still. If you don’t have any time set aside to be still and talk to God, you never will be still. Most people live such a busy schedule that they waste the extra time they do have! Trust me, I understand, I’m the same way sometimes….it’s hard to just stop and be still and know God. Just like you have a time to go to work or go to church or go to a doctor’s appointment, you need to set apart and schedule a time to meet and walk with God.

2. Slow down.

Just slow down. Look at all the blessings God has given you. Slow down and see how God has taken care of you. When you slow down, you will have a better chance of being still and knowing God. Too many people never slow down in their busy lives. They just rush right on by everything God has blessed them with.

3. Find a secluded place.

Find a spot to be alone and talk with God. Jesus went up into the mountain to pray, He went further into the garden to pray. He found times and places to be alone and to be still so that He could talk to the Father. He was the perfect example for us. It’s good to slow down and set apart some time and then seclude yourself so that you can be still and know God!

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3 Ways To Combat Pride

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:3-5‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Philippians 2:3 popped up as the verse of the day on my Bible app and it just fits what I have been thinking about and studying this week and that is the subject of pride.

I posted a meme yesterday that pictures a fully armored knight who got hit with an arrow in the eye slit of his helmet. It pictured a Christian who was spiritual, they got taken out with pride.

Pride – inordinate self-esteem, a reasonable or justifiable self-respect, delight or elation arising from some act or possession or relationship.

There is a fine line between self-confidence and pride. There is a fine line between self-respect and pride. It all comes down to how you portray yourself and what you say when it comes to self-confidence and self-respect. I can be sure of my abilities, happy of my accomplishments, and thankful for my possessions without being prideful.

So how to I keep from being prideful? How do I keep from getting hit with that arrow of pride?

1. Have the mindset of humility.

We see in verse 3 above that we should esteem others better than ourselves. We shouldn’t think ourselves better than anyone else! The only difference between you and someone else are the decisions you made!

In God’s eyes, we are all sinners, we all deserve Hell! Jesus Christ loved each person so much He died and rose again for each person! He paid sin’s penalty for each person! So what makes you any better than your neighbor or the person you sit with in church.

Never think you are better than someone else, because when you do, that’s when you will fall!

2. Have the mindset of helping.

Verse 4 says to look on the things of others and not your own. When I see this, I’m sure it doesn’t mean that we need to look on other people’s things to see how much better we have it than them, but to see how we can help and be a blessing to others.

It’s hard to have a mindset of pride when you are focused on helping others. Helping others helps to keep you humble. Helping others helps keep you grateful. No matter how good you have it or how much stuff you have or how good you think you are, helping others will keep your eyes on others and not on yourself!

3. Have the mindset of holiness!

In verse 5, Paul tells us to have the mind of Christ. I Peter 1:16 states ‘be ye holy, for I am holy.’ When we have a mindset of holiness, there is no room for pride. This isn’t a mindset that says ‘I’m more holy than you, you need to get on my level.’ This is a mindset that says ‘Lord, let me grow closer to you each day and use me in whatever way you like.’

Pride will eat away at your humility, your willingness to help, and your holiness. It’s a fight to stay humble, it’s a fight to help others, it’s a fight to be holy….without letting pride creep in!

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