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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The Death of Spiritual Arrogance



The rain trickled down and ushered in a cool breeze through my windows yesterday. God's cleansing power is always an inspiration to me. As His creativity overcame me, I began to type away at these keys. For months I have been watching, listening, learning from the Holy Spirit about Himself. I have been moved to document this journey in a new book (the title will remain secret). That led me to Chapter 1, the first place the Spirit of God led me.
The Death of Spiritual Arrogance.
I wrote several pages and will enclose a paragraph here. Enjoy.

"“What makes you better than anyone else? What do you have that God hasn't given you? And if all you have is from God, why boast as though you have accomplished something on your own?
1 Corinthians 4:7 (New Living Translation)

Often when asked how we have gotten to our level of maturity we like to talk about how much we studied, we decided to meet with God, we developed discipline and ritual. That may make us seem like spiritual giants to others, but it presents the newborn saints with an unattainable goal. The reality is that we did none of this. God’s Word says that no one seeks Him, not even one (Romans 3:11). That means, He sought us. He granted us knowledge. He calls us to relationship. He leads us to repentance. That is what we need to present to our fellow Christians. We must not be presumptuous about our position telling others to be like us. We must keep pointing to the supremacy of Christ and the gifting of God. The key is not follow me, but ask Him."

© Stephanie Cherry 2006

4 comments:

suzi deanne said...

Lovely, my friend. Just lovely. :) I'm back - we were on vacation and then just busy... I really have no excuse, but I've posted on my blog again. Finally.

love
suzi

22One7.org said...

Suzi!~ thank you. You are lovely. Where did you go and not tell me? I will read your blog shortly and make a witty comment.

Emily said...

More, more, more. Thank you for sharing the words he has given you.

22One7.org said...

Thank you for your encouragement, Emily. Blessings to you, my sister!