Sunday, June 30th, 2013
Heart Conditions (Part 8)
Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord.
Proverbs 16:5 (NKJV)
The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow;
Let Him be your fear,
And let Him be your dread.
He will be as a sanctuary,
But a Stone of stumbling and a Rock of offense
To both the houses of Israel,
As a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
And many among them shall stumble;
They shall fall and be broken,
Be snared and taken.
Isaiah 8:13-15 (NKJV)
Whoever falls on this Stone will be broken; but on whomever It falls, It will grind him to powder.
Matthew 21:44 (NKJV)
Pride is a silent killer. It's like a deadly heart attack that sneaks up on you with no advance warning. You're proud of yourself, and the world seems to agree. You're living the high life, but suddenly you fall.
' 'Your fierceness has deceived you, the pride of your heart, O you who dwell in the clefts of the rock, who hold the height of the hill! Though you make your nest as high as the eagle, I will bring you down from there,' says the Lord' (Jeremiah 49:16).
God owns the high places. God owns the rocks. In fact, He is the Rock. For humble hearts, He is 'The Rock of our salvation' (Psalm 95:1). For proud hearts 'Lifted up to boast' (2 Chronicles 25:19), He is 'A Stone of stumbling and a Rock of offense' (1 Peter 2:8).
In 1 Peter 2:7-9*, the chief disciple compares the destinies of those who choose to follow Jesus and those who do not. Peter is not talking to outsiders, but to insiders, to us: the church of Jesus Christ.
God's Word tells us to keep a humble heart: 'I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit' (Isaiah 57:15). 'Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty Hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time' (1 Peter 5:6).
Because the high places belong to God. He wants you there with Him, but it is by invitation only. And His invitation comes to humble hearts. 'Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth' (Matthew 5:5).
To Be Continued...
1 Peter 2:7-9: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20peter%202:7-9&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Heart Conditions series.