Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Trippin over our pride

I was thinking about the mistake Adam and Eve made which we're still suffering the consequences.
They had the perfect place to dwell- in the Garden of Eden. They had it all, but Eve was tempted for the one thing that was off-limits amongst all that was there for them in the Garden, and Adam
didn't speak up and say anything to the contrary and became an accomplice in disobeying God.

We keep trippin' over our pride

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Oh, that pride within man and woman has not eased up all through the generations. Matter of fact, pride has probably become even more pronounced and evident in the present generation. Replacing the Tower of Babel of today are--computer wizards, the brilliant professor, the pursuit of knowledge, the idol of some singing competition or celebrity actor or athlete, the superstar entertainer, the dollar, a big ego with a big head, and so forth.

 Pride.
 It's not a word we hear every day, but it's always there.
 Pride.
We think we are more intelligent than the creator of the world.
 Pride.
We think we've thought of something God hasn't thought of.
Pride.
We think we've gotten away with something because we
haven't gotten caught by the authorities.
 Pride.
We think we are so together and resourceful and can
do anything.
Pride.
We think we don't need help from God.
Yep, pride makes us not be able to see past our noses but we haven't a clue what's going on around the corner or tomorrow or next week.

Unhealthy pride is hazardous

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We keep stumblin' because our pride is something we keep trippin' and falling over.

Pride is what got Man in a mess with God in the first place. We think, and that's our problem. We think 'wrong' and we aren't trusting and believing in God. We'd rather think we can do what God can do. Same mistake Lucifer made. And look what's in store for him.

Pride is overrated. We're the strongest and wisest when we rely and depend upon the Lord.

You can have pride, but not the sort which leads to thinking ----
    we  don't need God, and/or
    we can do better in and of our own strength, and/or
    we are our own 'self-righteous' god. (little 'g'). There is only one true God.
         Lucifer was and is sadly mistaken that he can every be g-o-d with a capital 'g'.

If you're not siding with God by accepting his Son he sent for you,  by default, you're automatically siding with the little 'g' god- the 'loser'. Think about it.

So when are we gonna get it right and stop letting pride trip us u?
God's our back. He loves us, and will not let us down.

We've got to start trusting and believing in God.
Trust Him like you trust you'll breathe in air with your next breath.
Trust Him like your heart will beat and pump blood throughout your blood vessels.
Trust Him as He created us to trust and fellowship with Him.
Trust Him as He is more than capable to provide all we need.

 'It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.' Ps. 118:8

Trust will take you further than pride when you place you trust in the One who never fails.


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The following scripture passages are a couple of many which caught my eye that when it comes down to it, we can never even think we know more than God- it would be stupid to even think
such a thought.

Psalms 111:10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

1Samuel 15:22-23 reads to not get all 'self-important' around God----Then Samuel said, Do you think all GOD wants are sacrifices— empty rituals just for show? He wants you to listen to him! Plain listening is the thing, not staging a lavish religious production. Not doing what GOD tells you is far worse than fooling around in the occult. Getting self-important around GOD is far worse than making deals with your dead ancestors. Because you said No to GOD’s command, he says No to your kingship.

This message by Ron Hutchcraft, hits home about making your choice to make your life matter.

Rather, have pride in a God who is so patient, loving and wanting you and I to have the best. He
gave us his only Son so WE can be saved and spared from the future awaiting Lucifer and the angels who sided with him.

the narrow path

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Until next time, keep on that narrow path leading to our Lord which happens to be the uncrowded, less hectic, least congested route of the paths you can take. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Prayers for brave activist, Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai, at just 14 years old, is a very brave young lady, and might be the one person to
ignite the world to support woman's rights, not only in Pakistan and other Mid-Eastern countries, but the world-over for education equality of all Muslim women in the 21st century women and not be left uneducated under the burka. Many applaud her courage and conviction. This says a lot of her father as well.


All children deserve an education
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Malala even has a facebook page with the heading- '1in10 of the World's Children do not go to Primary school.'
 
Here is a short video of a commenter speaking of Malala's bravery and courage. 

Women are people too, and have rights to better themselves to be educated and use their brains rather than being confined and subjected to being used for their bodies only. Women are capable of becoming much more and this young lady, just barely in her teens has spoken. But there are those who do not want women to use their brains and strive to become better because they want them to remain 'down' and subject to their place- being uneducated wives, mothers, and housekeepers.

Men and women alike should be given the opportunity to strive to reach their full potential and that calls for being educated, if that's their desire. Women, the world over, are strong and intelligent and deserve to be all they can be.  Malala says the Qu'an does not read it's against women getting an education. 

Click here for a video interview of this education activist.

 Pakistan has been plagued with assassinations of men and women who speak out for peace
Benazir Bhutto, was a mother and was serving as Prime Minister of Pakistan when she was
killed.
Another who dared to speak out in contrast to the Taliban got targeted, like Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian.

Info on the Taliban's treatment of women and, "Who are the Taliban?, a BBC News article.

Instead of going to school and getting an education,  this is what many young girls are introduced to and permitted in their countries.  Childhood is bypassed altogether- young girls are thrust into being wives to older men and mothers when they are still children themselves.

Peace- what we're all passionate for with one another

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But Malala, since she was 11, using the pen name, Gul Makai, which has a significant meaning, has written about what was happening to her and other girls around her being denied a right to an education because they are female.   Here she is called a 'champion for peace'.
Two other girls were also injured last week when Malala was targeted and attacked to be silenced because she continued to voice that she and other young girls wanted to keep attending school. 

Here is a link to her writing, in her Diary of a Pakistani Schoolgirl, using her pen name back in 2009.

She is receiving medical care in the UK,  but lets say prayers for her full and complete recovery.

Malala Yousafzai has much more education to seek, and much more to offer the world. No matter what religion or gender, everyone deserves an education. Malala is an amazingly brave and courageous young woman, now admired more than ever the world over. We need more like her. Pray for her recovery and her work to continue.