Do not love or cherish the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things]—these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself].
And the world passes away and disappears, and with it the forbidden cravings (the passionate desires, the lust) of it; but he who does the will of God and carries out His purposes in his life abides (remains) forever.( 1 John 2:15-17)
I’ve been caring for a dear, elder brother of mine recently who has been diagnosed with cancer. He is in his mid-70s and he has served as a friend, confidant, prayer-partner and pastor to me. I have always spent time with him, but since he’s been sick, I’ve been sure to be with him as much as I can.
As we talk and pray, he has been reflecting on his life and all of the years that have gone by. He has shared stories that up to this point, I have not heard before and has expressed regrets concerning choices of certain things done and undone over the course of his life.
As you can imagine, my friend and brother in the Lord mean a great deal to me. His investment in my life has been significant. And, now, even in the midst of this situation, while suffering great pain and fighting for his life, his words and actions are still teaching me.
With all that is going on in this world combined with my friend’s situation, the Holy Spirit is stirring in me how fragile this life truly is. And though the true existence of this life is brittle and frail, it also contains a deceiving element of pride that causes the unwise to view this life as stable and to be trusted.
In the scripture above, “the pride of life” is defined as the following:
1) empty, braggart talk
2) an insolent and empty assurance, which trusts in its own power and resources and shamefully despises and violates divine laws and human rights
3) an impious and empty presumption which trusts in the stability of earthy things
I know, that for myself, I do to intend to slip into this false since of security regarding life. I do, however, find myself taking things for granted and going about
The greatest sign of the pride of life is (I’m just gonna say it frankly) is PRAYERLESSNESS!
It is in prayer were we operate in humility as we bow our knees and reverence the Creator and Giver of True Life. Prayer is where we leave the flesh behind and enter the things of the Spirit. And, it is through prayer where the Will of God is perceived and obtained.
Our assurances in the resources of this age are empty. The stability of earthly things does not exist. Every day you can see this age unraveling at the seams. Financially, morally, ethically,….in every facet, it is falling apart because it has forsaken its true Source.
As the people of God, we are not to be dismayed or fearful by the progressing condition of things on this planet. We have been instructed to expect perilous times. We are promised the capability through Christ of overcoming whatever the circumstance may be! But, our assurance and faith must be squarely grounded in Christ.
Jesus is alive! He is sitting on the throne with all authority and power! Do you know what he is doing? He ever lives to make intercession for us! He is praying!
We are to partake of that High Priestly anointing and participate in all types of prayers. Apostle Peter encourages us to be sober and vigilant; to watch and to pray!
Allow me to take this opportunity to encourage you to repent of the pride of this life and for the sin of PRAYERLESSNESS. Let’s humble ourselves and as a symbol of our reverential fear of Father, offer up the spiritual sacrifice of prayers as a spiritual priesthood. Continually, may we express our entire dependence on our Father, the Source of True Life.
I leave you with a quote from Andrew Murray. It is from a book my dear brother gave me a few years ago.
“Humility is the displacement of self by the enthronement of God.”
Keep your peace!