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An attitude of self-righteousness

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Your Word for 12 April 2024

Psalm 71:5
‘For You have been my hope, Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth.’

This attitude develops when we begin to think that we are right.  The problem with this attitude is that it is based on our opinion and our opinion is usually based in our perception.
I have found perceptions to be one of the most deceptive things in life.  If I allow what I feel is right and what I feel is acceptable to be the standard, it can block anything new that God may want to do.

2 Kings 5:1-15 The king of Syria had high admiration for Naaman, the commander-in-chief of his army. So he was a great hero, but he was a leper. Syrians had invaded the land of Israel, and among their captives was a little girl who had been given to Naaman’s wife as a maid. One day the little girl said to her mistress, “I wish my master would go to see the prophet in Samaria. He would heal him of his leprosy!”  So Naaman arrived and stood at the door of Elisha’s home. Elisha sent a messenger out to tell him to go and wash in the Jordan River seven times and he would be healed of every trace of his leprosy! But Naaman was angry and stalked away. “Look,” he said, “I thought at least he would come out and talk to me! I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call upon the name of the Lord his God and heal me! Aren’t the Rivers of Damascus better than all the rivers of Israel put together? If it’s rivers I need, I’ll wash at home and get rid of my leprosy.” So he went away in a rage. But his officers tried to reason with him and said, “If the prophet had told you to do some great thing, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply to go and wash and be cured!” So Naaman went down to the Jordan River and dipped himself seven times, as the prophet had told him to. And his flesh became as healthy as a little child’s, and he was healed! Then he and his entire party went back to find the prophet; they stood humbly before him and Naaman said, “I know at last that there is no God in all the world except in Israel; now please accept my gifts.”

It is only when we are humble that God can become the reality that we are looking for.  There may be many reasons for you to hold on to your views and your opinions, but what about God’s?
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