1 John 2:16
New International Version
For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–comes not from the Father but from the world.
The World in all its wisdom has a lot to offer. The scripture above tells us that regardless of how small or how perverse, falls into one of the three categories above. I like how The Voice (VOICE) translation puts it:
16 All the things the world can offer to you—the allure of pleasure, the passion to have things, and the pompous sense of superiority—do not come from the Father. These are the rotten fruits of this world.
Yesterday I watched a miracle transform before my very eyes. As it grew in magnitude and wonder, because I happened to be in the process, I began to take pride in the infinitesimally minuscule role that I played. I was only a spectator of God’s mercy and majesty and a partaker of His grace and blessings – and still a small voice began to whisper that I had done it; I had pushed this; I had accomplished that. It’s funny thought how heaven has a way of knocking you off you not-so-high pedestal. I got home from work last night tired from a long, hard but productive day’s work. As I sat on my bed and began to unwind, the Holy Spirit, our ADVOCATE began to minister to me.
The dictionary definition of the word Advocate [http://www.thefreedictionary.com/advocate] is:
To speak, plead, or argue in favor of. See Synonyms at support
1. One that argues for a cause; a supporter or defender: an advocate of civil rights.
2. One that pleads in another’s behalf; an intercessor: advocates for abused children and spouses.
3. A lawyer.
Definitions #1 and #2 is the one that most appeals to me this morning as I sit here and pour out my heart. The Holy Spirit, my Advocate, must have been hard at work the whole of yesterday, PLEADING FOR MY BEHALF, INTERCEDING FOR ME in heaven. Every time I allowed myself to think that I was greater than I really am, Holy Spirit must have gone to Father and Son and pleaded for mercy, advocating that my life be spared. Holy Spirit did not have a chance to come back and give me verdict because court was still in session. The Defendant (ME) did not have a chance to even participate in the proceedings because the session was being held in the Judge’s chambers. My accuser, meanwhile, [Satan, the accuser of brethren according to Revelation 12:10] was also present. I’m not sure what transpired in the heavenlies but I am sure of one fact: I GOT OFF EASY, with just a slap on the wrist.
Many years ago, my sister and I were driving cross-country from Miami to Tampa. The sky was an eerie blue/grey and for hours we were the only ones on the road. We were tickled silly that on this of all highways, there was no traffic. We were ecstatic that the rest stops were not crawling with holiday makers hence the restrooms were spotless. We were joyous that despite breaking a few speed limits, there was not a state trooper in sight to ‘kill our joy”. It was only when we arrived in Tampa that the truth hit us. A massive hurricane had devastated the bay area and for the better part of the drive, we appeared to have been in the eye of the storm. The destruction was monumental: houses overturned, buildings ripped to shreds, trees torn out from the roots … BUT we were untouched.
Last night as I sat down and assessed my day and understood the magnitude of my prideful heart, I was humbled beyond measure. There was a storm raging all along but my Advocate was working overtime and it was only when I got to my destination at the end of the day that I realized I had been in the eye of the storm all along. It is not by might, not by power but by the spirit of the living God that I am seated here today and able to partake of and enjoy God’s forgiveness, grace and mercy and for that I am eternally grateful.
Today, examine your heart. Seek to uproot the pride of life and overcome it by humbling yourself before the Lord.
Xoxo: From A-Girl-About-Town