The Effects of Pride

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VERSE:
In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. He prayed to the Lord, who answered him and gave him a miraculous sign. But Hezekiah’s heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown him; therefore the Lord’s wrath was on him and on Judah and Jerusalem. Then Hezekiah repented of the pride of his heart, as did the people of Jerusalem; therefore the Lord’s wrath did not come upon them during the days of Hezekiah.
—2 Chronicles 32:24-25

THOUGHT:
God wants to bring us into the blessing, but our pride often gets in the way. The bible tells us that God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). This text is a perfect example of God’s opposition, and His grace both working in the life of Hezekiah. God wanted to bless Hezekiah but his pride hindered it. Therefore God sent His wrath upon him, which led Hezekiah to repentance; consequently leading him back into the place of blessing. God’s opposition was meant to bring Hezekiah back into the position of grace.

APPLICATION:
Don’t let pride hinder you from receiving God’s blessing; whether it be the blessing of salvation, a financial breakthrough, healing in your body, or anything else God would want for you. If it appears that God is opposed to you, ask Him to reveal areas in your life where pride may have crept in. When He does, repent of them and enjoy the goodness of God!

PRAYER:
Heavenly Father, I thank you for your kindness and grace. I pray that if there are areas in my life where pride may have crept in, you would reveal them to me and grant me repentance. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN!

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