Bible Devotions

Pride is a killer

on November 2, 2007

 

Acts 12:21-23

 

Herod was king and he loved the power.  Today’s verse indicates he loved the praise of people. But there’s a price to pay for stealing the glory due to God.  Herod paid big time!

 

Herod didn’t recognize God put him in his royal position.  All authority and power is put there by God alone (Romans 13:1).

 

Herod didn’t use his position to help others.  He was not a servant-leader.  Acts chapter 12 verse one and two says Herod was harassing the church and had James killed with a sword. The Bible tells us he was also angry at the people of Tyre and Sidon.  Why would a king be angry with his people?

 

Herod was a people pleaser.  Acts chapter 12 verse three says he saw killing James pleased the Jews, so he went after Peter next. 

 

Living life as we want doesn’t end the way we expect.  If we shun God at every turn, make our own decisions, brag about how great we are and to put others down to make ourselves seem better, we are only fooling ourselves, just like Herod did.

 

Where have we been stealing God’s glory?  Ask for forgiveness and change how you respond to praise.  When someone praises you say something like: thanks but God gets the glory or I couldn’t have done it without God’s help.  This way we point others to God and give Him the glory He deserves.

 

Lord, thank you for your all knowing nature.  Help us recognize any position we have is because you put us there.  Enable us to use our position to help others, seeking only to please you.  Forgive us for our pride that will leads towards self-sufficiency rather than reliance on you.  In Jesus’ name amen.

 

 

 

© Elizabeth Marks, author of ThinkOnIt Devotions and has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word.  For more devotions, bible studies and a recommended book store, visit http://www.ThinkOnItDevotions.com today.

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2 responses to “Pride is a killer

  1. A motivating discussion is definitely worth comment.
    I do believe that you need to write more on this issue,
    it might not be a taboo matter but usually people don’t speak about such topics. To the next! Many thanks!!

  2. Adelaida says:

    A motivating discussion is definitely worth comment. I do believe that
    you need to write more on this issue, it might not be
    a taboo matter but usually people don’t speak about such topics. To the next! Many thanks!!

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