One day while I was mentoring a young man in the faith, The Lord gave me a wonderful visualization. Little did I know that it would become an amazing revelation into the word of God for the both of us.
It all begin when I asked this young man how his day had gone. “It was a very frustrating day,” he shared. He went on to say that he was becoming frustrated with his work even though he knew he shouldn’t be. That morning he took the matter to Jesus in prayer and confessed what he was going through. He told me that his prayer time was just what he needed. Taking a break from his work and praying gave him a whole new perspective.
THE POWER OF PRAYER
What took place after he returned to work on his project was amazing. He noticed that he could see more clearly. The initial forty-five emails he had received the night before were no longer a source of frustration. He was now able to reduce the sixteen items on his to do list down to ten, then finally to five manageable ones. And these five points concisely addressed the needs of his clients.
When it came to his scheduled business call with his employer, he noticed that he was more assertive during the conversation and spoke with a new level of confidence. And to think all this came about through prayer. Jesus answered this young man’s prayer by giving him a new perspective and level of confidence that can only come from The Lord. Instead of being stressed, this young man was refreshed!
PRIDE VS CONFIDENCE
As I continued to talk with this young man, there was this lingering level of dissatisfaction he had with some his co-workers who were not being responsible on their end. He perceived their actions as an impediment to his work. But I asked him if that was really true… that’s when I received a powerful visualization by the power of the Holy Spirit. Trust me, it was the Holy Spirit. I know! I’m not that smart! This is what came to me … There is a fine line between pride and confidence, the only difference between the two is that CONFIDENCE travels upward and gets its strength from The Lord Jesus. PRIDE travels down and inward and gets its strength from self.
I took a piece of paper and drew a diagram of two arrows and asked him what he noticed was different between the two arrows. He noticed one is pointing up and the other is pointing down. I then asked, reflecting back on your answered prayer, which arrow would you use to represent Confidence … the upward arrow … so then the downward arrow represents Pride. He also noticed as one increases the other decreases. What an amazing revelation! “Now, who’s being mentored?” I asked.
The point that I am making is that this young man sought the wisdom that comes from above. He humbled himself through prayer and reached up towards heaven and took hold of a piece of the Kingdom of God. What he received in return was Godly confidence.
1 John 5:14
This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, it we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
Hebrews 4:16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Wouldn’t it be great if we just took God at His word and drew near to to Him. But the truth is, we are all faced with a common enemy called pride. If you think you’re the exception to the rule, guest what….pride has just spoken.
PRIDE COMES BEFORE THE FALL
As this young man and I continued to dialogue, it was as if we were pulling back the layers to an onion – one layer at a time-each layer giving new insight and truth. As our conversation continued, he began to realize that the morning emails weren’t the cause of his frustration. Nor was it that others were not being responsible on their part. The source of his frustration….was that notorious enemy that I mention earlier, Pride.
No sooner had this young man humble himself, pride tried to creep in. Then, in a flash, before he could even noticed it, he saw only himself and his abilities. He failed to acknowledge the people who were supporting him and working on his behalf. This is what pride will do. It will cloud our perspective. But by this young man’s willingness to humble himself before God and share what he was going through, he gained the wisdom of God that changed him from the inside out.
HOW TO AVOID PRIDE
I hope these two Bible verses will shed some light on how you can overcome issues of pride.
Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. The first is humble yourself in the sight of God and He will give you wisdom.
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. The second is put away an arrogant spirit and avoid destruction.
This blog is not just about the person that I was mentoring. It’s about me. It’s about you. It’s about everyone who comes face to face with frustration. We have to deal with the root cause not just the symptons. Pride happened to be the root cause this time. Another time it might be jealousy, strife, addictions, selfish ambitions, anger and the list goes on.
Christians, when you turn to Jesus for help and place your confidence and Him for wisdom, you are saying no to pride. If you have not yet accepted Jesus as savior, is pride keeping you away? Don’t let it!
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.