Pride: A feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements.

There is only one thing God cannot touch: pride. And how we know we have it is when we are always dissatisfied by everyone else’s actions because we see ourselves as the measure of excellence. That is why we fall harder when we have failed in our own strength – because the fault is everyone else’s except our own, and we will keep failing until we are not standing but leaning. Leaning on His understanding. If you come to a place where you do not understand but neither are you striving to, you have submitted to His way.

If you are still struggling with the same issues and thinking the way you always have, you have not grown. We grow into childlike faith. The degree to which you feel you do not need the Father’s love and attention is in direct proportion to the frustration and unrest you feel. Flow with a new rhythm, the acquired taste of His unsearchable ways and see Him do a new thing, let it spring forth and change you. The antidote for self-centeredness is His love and grace. Let it cleanse you like a gold coin that gets dropped in mud and is rinsed with water. The mud does not diminish the value of the coin but only conceals it. So let His word wash you and remind you of who you are.

Colossians 1: 10-11 (The Passion Translation)

We pray that you would walk in the ways of true righteousness, pleasing God in everything you do. Then you’ll become fruit-bearing branches, yielding to his life, and maturing in the rich experience of knowing God in His fullness! And we pray that you would be energized with his explosive power from the realm of his magnificent glory, filling you with great hope.

Kirsty Marillier