Beware of Pride and Presumption

Scripture reading for January 9th: Matthew 7, Psalm 7, Prov. 7

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 7:21-23  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.  On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name, and cast  out demons in Your Name, and do many mighty works in Your Name?’  And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.'”

Jesus taught His disciples that confession of faith was not enough in and of itself to guarantee entrance into the kingdom of heaven.  Even works done in the Name of Jesus would not qualify a person for entrance.  Confession and good works must be accompanied by complete submission to God and yielding to His will in every area of life.  Faith confessions must be demonstrated by humble obedience to God’s will and word.

Faith’s confession:  Jesus, I confess that You are Lord of my life.  I pray that Your kingdom would come and Your will would be done in my life on earth as in heaven.  Deliver me from pride and presumption, and fill me with Your Holy Spirit that I may truly know You better each day.

Proverbs 7:1-3 “My son, keep My words and treasure up My commandments with you; keep My commandments and live; keep My teaching as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.”  

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