The Arrogance…

Some things have been on my mind lately (many of which have been written down here at Votive Soul) that are perhaps a little challenging, a little in your face, a little bit of a lot of things.

Of those things, one thing finally came together as a I meditated earlier today. I share those things now.

But before I do, just a quick note: the things I’m going to write here will not take on a typical narrative flow. Rather, they will be more like individual aphorisms. Some may relate to each or piggy back on the ideas expressed; others will merely float in isolation, not to be grouped with any of the other thoughts.

Lastly, please don’t hate me.

It is arrogant…

To think it’s only one person’s fault when a marriage is failing. It always takes two.

It is arrogant…

To think it’s never your kids who misbehave. Everyone’s kids act up and out, including yours.

It is arrogant…

To ever claim that you’ve prayed someone through to the Holy Ghost. That person received the Holy Ghost by faith in the name of Jesus Christ without you. God just let you ride along.

It is arrogant…

To assume that if God didn’t talk to you about something, He didn’t talk to anyone else, either. God talks to whomsoever He wills, whenever He wants, about whatever He wants without checking in with you to see if it’s okay.

It is arrogant…

To attribute any supernatural act of God to the prayers or intercession of one person. A little over eleven years ago, during a revival with an internationally known preacher at a mid-sized church (of about 500 members) a woman had a heart attack during the service and apparently died. Everything stopped, and of course, the internationally known preacher came down to pray for her. God raised her back up and brought her out of the attack. The miracle was attributed to the preacher. I guess the hundreds of other praying saints in the assembly that night had nothing to do with it.

It is arrogant…

To say things like “God uses me to birth things in the Spirit”. Whatever God gives birth to, or creates, is done by Him, for Him, for His eternal purpose and glory. Get over yourself.

It is arrogant…

To think that humanity is God’s crowning achievement in creation. The Bible is clear that angels, for example, are greater beings that humans (See Hebrews 2:6-8 if you don’t believe me).

It is arrogant…

To think that God made the entire Cosmos just for us. All things were made by Him and for His pleasure (Revelation 4:11).

It is arrogant…

To just go about doing your own thing as if whatever you do has no impact (especially a negative one) on anyone else. Chances are, you’re the stumbling-block everyone keeps talking about.

It is arrogant…

To think this reproof applies to everyone else but you. Remember, a wise man is made wiser when instructed in such a way (Proverbs 9:9). In fact, a wise man will love the one who reproves him more, just for the sake of the rebuke (Proverbs 9:8).

It is arrogant…

To think all the tithes belong to the “man of God”. What about the widows, orphans, and the poor? If one man takes all or even most of the tithes, he, by default, becomes the richest man in the entire church. If a church of one hundred members all tithe faithfully (not counting offerings), and the church has an average median, yearly income of say, $30,000, the man of God for that church makes $300,000/year. Chew on that a bit and compare it to God’s Word. Doesn’t add up, does it?

It is arrogant…

For a wife to think she’s more spiritual than her husband because she, especially if, she is a stay at home wife/homemaker, and so, has more time to pray, fast, study the Word, get involved in church ministries, and etc. Just going to work everyday for 40+ hours a week to provide you an income that allows you to stay at home and have so much time on your hands is way more spiritual than you can possibly imagine. Give the man the credit, for crying out loud!

It is arrogant…

To expect a full-time ministry. Paul worked both day and night with his own hands and wasn’t chargeable to anyone in any financial matter, because he provided for himself and his entire team of evangelists by doing secular work. He didn’t get time off from such labors until he was on house arrest in Rome, awaiting his trial, and eventual execution. And have you done more than Paul? Will you ever? Has any full-time minister done more for the Kingdom?

It is arrogant…

To silence a person out of hand after you’ve accused them of wrongdoing. Did not the Pharisee’s do the same to the Lord. What manner of spirit are you of, my friend?

It is arrogant…

To think God owes you a special anointing to make up for being unprepared. As far as I can tell, being slothful in business hasn’t been preached against in maybe a 100 years.

It is arrogant…

To try and cap someone’s growth and ability to wax powerful in the Spirit because you’re afraid of not being in control of such a one. Trust me, such a one, if he or she is growing right and true, is in capable hands. The Chief Shepherd is better at this kind of thing than we are. Let Him do His thing.

It is arrogant…

To be intimidated or jealous of someone’s revelation and understanding of Scripture. You don’t know the cost and have no right to expect to surpass anyone in such things just because you think you’re special.

It is arrogant…

To think you’re the only person who can reach/win/help a certain soul. What are you, a Scientologist?

It is arrogant…

To crack the spiritual whip on someone else’s back without first showing them the scars God has placed upon your own. The Lord scourges out of love, not spite or anger, after all.

It is arrogant…

To compare God’s Holy Bride, the Church, with a man-made organization or denomination. The phrase man-made should have been the first indicator…

And I guess I’ll leave off for now. I might return to this post, or create a part two.

If anyone takes umbrage with what I’ve shared, please reach out to me. I am happy to listen and allow for redress.

Peace and God bless.

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~ by votivesoul on 07/07/2013.

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