The Dance of Pride

Your Heart’s Cry

I don’t need God. I can make a plan and execute it without any assistance. And if plan A does not work, I always have a plan B ready. I’m at the top of my game. I am gifted at what I do. I need no one’s approval to succeed. I have already defined my personal success. If God has a purpose for my life, that is His problem and not mine. I will not lower my expectations to meet Christian standards. I will not be a pauper for the gospel. I will only walk the paths I have chosen. All other paths are inferior. I am the captain of my ship and the master of my destiny. My purpose is to fulfill my dreams and live out my own expectations. Is there any greater glory?

In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. Psalm 10:6 NIV

His Reply

Pride is a dance that will lead to a great fall. It must be discarded and replaced by a spirit of humility. It is My desire for you to find your confidence in Me alone. Everything else is fleeting, here today and gone tomorrow. It is My pleasure to care for you. Just look at the flowers in the fields. They do not labor for their needs. Their beauty is bright and abundant. They beam with a radiance that shines brightly for all to see. They don’t receive this glory for themselves, but point it all back to their Creator. Do likewise.

Be careful of the path you choose to walk. This path of self-reliance is one with many pitfalls and unstable ground. This path has costs you have not counted. Turn away from the destructive path of your pride and return to humility. Walk in humility, and you will find a greater level of confidence on the receiving end of My favor and grace.

But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. James 4:6 ESV

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by Saundra Dalton-Smith

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Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a Board Certified internal medicine physician. She shares with audiences nationwide on the topics of eliminating limiting emotions, finding grace in difficult places, and experiencing personal renewal by drawing near to God. Dr. Dalton-Smith is a national and international media resource on the mind, body, spirit connection and has been featured in Women’s Day, Redbook, and First For Women magazine. She is the founder of I Choose My Best Life. Her other books include award-winning Set Free to Live Free: Breaking Through the 7 Lies Women Tell Themselves.

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Martin Wiles is a minister, author, freelance editor, and English teacher who lives in Greenwood, SC. He is the founder of Love Lines from God and is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us) and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.

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