Mar 18, 2015 - Hearing From God    8 Comments

PRIDE VS CONFIDENCE

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 imageyou 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 thatimage 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!

Jame 4:10

Humble yourselves before the  Lord, and He will lift you up.

 

8 Comments

  • Thank you Pastor Wade! I have recently began a new job in a field of nursing that is new to me as well. Now that I’m becoming more oriented I have started to feel the “old frustrations” begin to knock at the door of my heart. Two of these have been brought into the light by you the Lord this morning. Pride via your blog has now been fully exposed and I appreciate you my faithful brother for helping me today.
    The other is self-pity. In a way you also were the Lord’s servant to me by helping me see that “old” nemesis as well. I woke up desiring fellowship and longing for people who love me and can build me up. Bam, along comes Billy Wade and his insightful blog! Two verses come to mind: Hebrews 3:13 & 10:24.
    Thanks so much and may God richly bless you & your family this day.
    Shalom,
    Ken

  • The visual between confidence and pride is so powerful. Thank you for this blog and thank God for your talents in communicating His word.

  • Ken, I appreciate your timing as well. Reading your comments brought a smile to my face, which quickly turned into laugher. I love your sense of humor. I praise God that Wade In The Word was able to reached you just as He planned. When we wade in God’s word, we bring down a piece of heaven to this planet we call earth, for heaven is our true home. Amen

  • Thanks Mandy for taking the time to read this post. God is so amazing, when we help others for the purpose of His Kingdom He blesses us beyond measure.

    God bless you,
    Billy

  • Thankfully, your discussion reminds me that for Christians ito ought not be about outcomes but building people’s faith and proximity to Jesus Christ; people before progress.

  • Hey Billy! That illustration with the arrows is so basic but it really does make it so clear the difference between pride and confidence! I’ve always thought I should take pride in my work, but I see the difference, which is so important! Thanks for your insight and breaking it down to be so easily seen! Bless you!

  • Jean, isn’t it amazing how the Holy Spirit can take what I can make complicated and break it down so simple. That what he did by giving me this visual. And isn’t it the same with the gospel of Jesus. Thank you for sharing and May Jesus richly bless you throughout the day.

  • Demetrius, it is so true that as Christians we are to invest in the lives of others. When we forego investing in people in the pursuit of more favorable outcomes, we missed what often needed the most, a relationship with Jesus.. Hopefully we’ll stop pride by placing less dependence in self and put more faith in Jesus.

    Thanks for pointing that out. One more piece to the puzzle always bring clarity. Amen

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