1) Grab the book closest to you
2) Open to page 123,go down to the fourth sentence
3) Post the text of the following 3 sentences on your blog
4) Name the author and book title
5) Tag three people to do the same
Since I just plopped my books down from Bible Study the book on top was one I am using as a resource for our study titled, Lie's Women Believe and the Truth that sets them Free by NancyLeigh DeMoss. And this is what I read:
When I do so, what I am really saying (though I'd never actually say it) is that I can handle that day on my own - apart from the presence, wisdom, and grace of God. I am saying I can do my work, keep my home, handle my relationships, and deal with my circumstances without Him. That independent, self-sufficeient spirit is an expression of pride.
And all I can think is "Yes Lord, I get it! It is what you have been speaking to me over and over.
But I can't just stop there. I have to finish the page:
The Scripture teaches, "God resists the proud" (James 4:6 NKJV). If I walk in pride, I must be prepared for God to resist me and my efforts.
Sometimes I get the sense that God may be saying to me, "You want to handle this day by yourself? Go ahead." The result? At best, an empty, fruitless day lived by and for myself. At worst, oh, what a mess I end up making of things.
On the other hand, God "gives grace to the humble." When I start the day by humbling myself and acknowledging that I can't make it on my own-that I need Him-I can count on His divine enabling to carry me through the day.
I tag Julie, Heth, and Tina