FOOD FOR THOUGHT
I believed that I was a good husband. I loved my wife and children. I was a good provider. And, most of all I pointed and led them to Christ. But, I could have been better. As always, show is much much better than tell. I failed many tests that God sent my way. I failed because I lacked the faith and humility to be a great leader! I was stubborn and failed to listen when God spoke and gave wisdom and direction….especially through my wife. I didn't understand his matrix or his wonderful and unlimited power. Whether it was simple instructions about the family budget or more serious consequences of evil and malicious friends influencing my children, I failed to grasp God's wisdom.
Like most men.....I was shackled by pride. I was arrogant, but...
I didn't know it!
I wasn't until God sent us to America and literally slapped me in the head that I saw how ugly I was.
I had gender pride believing that I was superior to my wife.
I had racial pride believing that was superior to other ethnicities.
I had intellectual pride quick to show-off my Biblical knowledge and the list went on...
I needed a washing before wisdom would reside with me. You see, God resists (fights) the proud but he gives grace to the humble. Simple hey? Pride only leads to a very hard fall (knockout from God).
Yet, men love it and are in bondage to it.
Pride is trouble…big trouble! And, every time you give in to it, you give Satan leverage over your life. Pride gives you a thrill of being in charge, feeling superior, or having control. It's only a deception. You will fall…and usually very hard.
We read almost everyday of well-known and powerful men that have fallen.
Their pride led them to abuse authority and take advantage of people. It came back to bite them. During our time, most men in the western world are in bondage to feminism or reverse leadership because of pride. They refuse to humble themselves. Refuse to put God first. Refuse to repent and God will not removed their shackles of deception, control and manipulation.
Jezebel rules them!
Yes, men are in big, BIG trouble because they are the authority flows through them and whatever they decide will be the posterity of the home, community, and nation.
"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall" (Proverbs 16:18)
"The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low." (Isaiah 2:11-12)
"He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride." (Job 41:34)