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SEPTEMBER 29

 

 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD—Prov. 16:5.

 

 One of the severe ordeals of the Christian is the conquering of the love of the spirit of worldliness under the leadership of pride. Worldly pride challenges faith in God and obedience to Him, and only those who are of good courage and full of confidence in the Lord can overcome this giant. It is necessary, too, that the victory should be made complete—that pride should be thoroughly humiliated, killed, so that it can never rise up again to destroy us. It is an individual battle, and the only proper armament against this giant is a stone from the brook, the message of the Lord, showing us what is pleasing and acceptable in His sight, and assuring us that he that humbles himself shall be exalted and he that exalts himself shall be abased. As the poet has expressed it:

“Where boasting ends, true dignity begins.”

 

 

Parallel passages: 1.Sam. 2: 3; Psa. 10: 2-7, 11; Prov. 3: 32; 6:16-19; 11: 20; 12: 22; 15: 8, 9, 26; 21: 27; 24: 9; 28: 9; 29: 27; Jer. 9: 23, 24; 13: 15; Mark 7: 21, 22; 2.Tim. 3: 2;Jas. 4: 6; 1.John 2:16.