Saturday, October 11, 2008
by Mary Lindow
Dear Child of a Heavenly King,
Please listen to the following message with your spirit first and allow the Holy Spirit to speak through it.
I say this because if not discerned and embraced by the spirit first…the soul will immediately defend itself and “bluster and spit” in shock that anyone might imply that it or you have the stated problem!
It is really rather amazing that any of us are ever really useful the Lord when we begin to examine the "secret sins" that are active in our lives and in the way the bride of the King has presented herself.
IN THIS MODERN AGE OF RELENTLESS COMPETITIVE LADDER CLIMBING,
ARROGANCE IS ALMOST APPLAUDED AS A SUPER TALENT TO SUCCESS!
Politicians boast of their greatness to lead, TV personalities shred other individuals on live programs and, sadly, many who have claimed to be "servants" of the Lord have competed, slandered, and have positioned themselves as "the most recent cutting edge" in Kingdom prototypes! You little people just better get out of the way!
THE MINDSET OF A MAMMON WORSHIPPER
Mammon worship seems to me to have sprung from a not so underlying issue that is rampant in the earth today and has in “pandemic waves” ... invaded the church.
What is this massive delusion titled?
“IT’S ALL ABOUT ME- ISM!”
Or also known as narcissism.
The basic trait of the Narcissistic Individual is a pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and lack of the ability to identify with and understand another person’s feelings or difficulties
THE NARCISSISTIC PERSON'S OPERATING MODE
* Reacts to disapproval with feelings of rage, shame, or humiliation;
* Exploits others skills, gifts or talents for personal gain or comfort:
(Takes advantage of others to achieve his/her own ends;)
* Has a magnificent sense of self-importance;
* Believes that his/her problems are unique and can be understood only by other special people;
* Is preoccupied with goals of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love;
* Has a sense of entitlement: an unreasonable expectation of especially favorable treatment;
* Requires much attention and admiration of others;
* Lacks empathy: fails to recognize and experience how others feel;
* Is wrapped up with feelings of materialism.
WHEN NARCISSISTIC INFLUENCES AND MAMMON COLLIDE…
… The love of self and the love of admiration and personal success is the standard people begin to judge one another with.
But for the sold out believer it must be that we decrease,
And He – the ONE…
…The only one who has no arrogance - must increase.
NOBODY'S PRACTICES ARE BEYOND BIBLICAL JUDGMENT
Biblically, authority and accountability go hand in hand.
(e.g., Luke 12:48).
The greater the responsibility one holds, the greater the accountability one has before God and His people.
Teachers should be extremely careful not to mislead any believer, for their calling carries with it a strict judgment (James 3:1).
They should therefore be grateful when sincere Christians take the time to question them about the teaching and yes, even possibly bring correction to correct whatever unsound doctrine they may be preaching.
And should the criticisms be groundless they should respond in the manner prearranged by Scripture: to correct misguided doctrinal opposition with GENTLE instruction
(2 Tim. 2:25).
"ARROGANCE IS A DISEASE THAT MAKES EVERYONE SICK...
... EXCEPT THE ONE WHO HAS IT!"
Vanity of vanities!
Why put on with foolish pride an illusion of soul's lust?
Why make yourself a statue of gold when you're only made of dust?
Remember! Even the disciple Peter had to deal with this issue!
He presumed to tell the Lord what would never happen in His ministry! The actual crucifixion!
LISTEN TO WHAT THE LORD PROPHESIED TO US IN ISAIAH ABOUT THE VERY SAME ISSUE.
“And the word of One will go forth, "Cast up, cast up (to throw something away from yourself, usually with force) Prepare the way! Take up the stumbling block out of the way of the spiritual return of My people."
For this is what The High and Almighty One has to say—He Who inhabits eternity,
Whose name is Holy:
"I dwell in the high and holy place, but I also dwell with him who is of a thoroughly penitent and humble spirit, to revive, to reawaken the spirit of the humble and to reinstate the heart of the thoroughly broken bruised with sorrow for their sin."
HERE ARE SOME DESCRIPTIONS OF THE WORD ARROGANCE:
The act or habit of making uncalled-for claims in an overbearing manner; that species of pride which consists in exorbitant claims of rank, dignity, estimation, or power, or which exalts the worth or importance of the person to an undue degree; proud contempt of others; lordliness; haughtiness
High-handed, disdainful, haughty, high-and-mighty, insolent, lordly, overbearing, condescending, superior example:
domineering, bossy, dictatorial; exaggerated, false, highfalutin, assumed, ostentatious
IF WE ARE OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD WE ARE TO BE HUMBLE
and fully aware of our need for daily brokenness and a deep daily need for reconsidering our reasons to stick to Jesus.
THOSE WHO CLAIM TO BE THE CHILDREN OF THE KING JESUS ARE TO REFLECT HUMILITY.
IN REGARD TO SATAN'S KINGDOM,
HE IS SAID TO BE A 'KING OVER ALL THE CHILDREN OF PRIDE.'
“The proud and arrogant man— Mocker is his name;
He behaves with presumptuous pride.
He acts with boundless arrogance.”
PRAY THIS SIMPLE PRAYER WITH ME WON'T YOU?
Lord, help all of us as your servants to keep the subtle disease of arrogance and it's influences, far from us. Teach us oh precious King how to model redemptive mercy, sincere humility, and open repentance before those whom we serve alongside with in your kingdom assignments in our lives. Amen
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