One of the most dangerous spirit that can capture a Christian is the spirit of pride.
That we can be saved by our good works, an a feeling that we are a little bit better than others.
I have many time asked Jesus to rebuke me and discipline me, and rescue me from the danger of walking in to the deception of pride. Since I am one author on a blog that have thousands of daily readers, I can easily start looking on my self as somehow greater than others.
Since I have been set as a caretaker of substantial resources, I can fall pray to the feeling that I am somehow greater than other.
I am a hyper active Christian, who can not wait for the next chance to bless others. Still I might fall into the trap, of thinking that I might be saved by all my good works.
I have to consider my self blessed, that I have been given education. I am able to read the World of God, and have been set free by Him to do the will of the Father.
Still I am not better than any other saved sinner. But I might be more privilege than many, because of the gifts I have have received. I have surrendered everything to Jesus, and I am willing to use everything I have to His glory.
When I read the Bible, The Holy Spirit put everything I read into the right perspectives:
in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished.
I am a pentecostal, but I have high regards for Martin Luther. He taught all of us:
“Man is saved by faith alone, in Jesus alone, separated from works”.
A pentecostal sent me an email, saying:
“For me, Martin Luther was an idiot”:
I was puzzled by this email, and prayed to Jesus: What should be my humble reply?
The I felt some kind of divine inspiration, and I replied:
“I feel you are right, Martin Luther was an idiot. And so am I. And if God could use an idiot like Martin Luther, I hope he also can use an idiot like me”.
There never came any response to my reply.
Written by Ivar