Do you like to boast?

September 26, 2017

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.
(James 4:16 (NIV))

Why is it within our nature to boast about what we can do or will do?

I honestly believe that it is due to pride. If you stop to think about what caused Satan to rebel against God, it makes perfect sense. He wanted to be greater than God. He wanted everyone to look upon him as the ultimate in all of heaven. For this, he was cast out of heaven. In his cunning, he tricked Adam and Eve into sinning. He convinced them that they knew better than God. He convinced them that their understanding of what God meant was different from what He truly meant. In Satan’s efforts to elevate himself above God, he caused all of humanity to suffer the same evil desire. We want to elevate ourselves!

I believe that boasting is an offshoot of the sinful nature that wanted to be elevated above God. Boasting is the prideful, arrogant scheming that speaks from the heart of the person who is boasting. Because boasting comes from pride and arrogance, it is a sin. It is evil.

Boasting is a prideful and sinful expression where the one who boasts desires to elevate themselves even to the point of trying to be greater than God.

Do you like to boast?

Copyright 1998 – 2017 Dennis J. Smock
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Humility or pride? It is your choice!

October 20, 2016

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor.
(Proverbs 29:23 (NKJV))

There is that word again.

Humble.

In the eyes of society, humility implies low self esteem, inferiority, and even a low place in the eyes of man. Being humble before God does not imply any of these. Humility actually means that you are aware of your surroundings and that you realize you are NOT the center of the universe, and that the universe would continue just fine without you.

Humility is not an act of self abuse, but of elevation of others. A truly humble person will always think of others before he or she thinks of themself. It is our pride that tends to elevate us to the point in which we think we are the center of everything.

Humility is the God given trait that makes us realize that we are only a part of the creation and not the Creator. As a part of the creation, we must not let our pride place us as better than any other part of God’s creation, for when God created us, He created all of us to be of equal value in His eyes. We may have different roles to play within His creation, but each role is important and nothing is gained by one of us bragging or boasting. Rather, do the work of God with humility and respect.

Remember the saying, “At all times preach the Gospel. If you have to, use words.” This can only come from a humbleness of heart.

Copyright 1998 – 2016 Dennis J. Smock
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What is that you boast of?

January 19, 2010

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©

If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.
(2 Corinthians 11:30 (NIV))

If it were only that easy!

Human nature has its way far too often and we boast about things that we have done. We boast about the number of points that we scored in the big game. We boast about the size of the deer that we may have shot. We boast about our houses, our jobs and our cars. We even boast about our children, but do we ever boast about our weaknesses?

Do we boast that we cannot pay our bills? Do we boast that we have a problem with sin? Do we boast that our marriages may be on shaky ground? Do we boast that we are not capable of doing anything on our own?

When we boast about what we have done or can do, it is looked upon as ego. When we boast about our shortcomings, it is looked upon as failure. No matter what we boast about, it is a sign that something is wrong with our priorities.

How can we boast about our weaknesses in such a manner so that they do not sound like we are trying to create a pity party for ourselves? I, like everyone alive, have found myself in situations where my talk could have been taken as a quest for pity. However, we must allow the Holy Spirit to live through us and to speak through us so that when we speak of our weaknesses, we give glory to God for giving us the strength and faith to see it through.

Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
(Psalm 23:4 (NIV))

If God is with us, how can we feel pity for ourselves? He will provide for us through our weaknesses. It is in this fact that we should boast and not of our weaknesses or even our so called greatness. We need only boast in the power and strength of our God.

What is that you boast of?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
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