Monday, July 19, 2010

Day 3 and 4- A Meek and Quiet Spirit

The meek woman's confidence is in the security of the truths of Scripture and the faithfulness of God.
Proverbs 3:26 For the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.
Proverbs 14:26 He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress and for his children it will be a refuge.
Psalm 119:165 Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.

The fretful woman's trust is in her own abilites and power to control others and details.
Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.
Proverbs 14:12 There is as way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.

I like to be in control. I hate the feeling that I'm not in control. When I feel like I'm not in control of circumstances or even people around me, I feel frustrated and anxious. The deeper issue for me here is being able to trust God to be in control of circumstances and people around me because I have trouble trusting anyone, even God, to be in control. But God is so much better at being in control than I am. He is faithful, and His Word is truth.

The meek woman finds her worth and value in knowing who she is in Christ.
Ephesians 1:3-8 He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless, to be adopted through Christ Jesus, for His praise and glory. We have redemption and forgiveness in Him. He has lavished upon us the riches of His grace.

The fretful woman finds her worth and value in her own accomplishments and what others think of her.
Psalm 49:12-13 But man, despite his riches, does not endure; he is like the beasts that perish. this is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers who approve their sayings.
Proverbs 11:28 Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.
Proverbs 16:18-19 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
Proberbs 29:25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.

The sin of pride is the root of so many of my problems. I am guilty of placing a high consideration in how people perceive me. My heart fills with pride when I accomplish something and people notice and praise me for it. The truth of the matter is that I am nothing apart from Christ. Because of Christ, the verses in Ephesians are true regarding me!

Father God, I confess to You my pride which keeps me full of myself and drives me to hold tightly to the idea that I am in control. There is nothing that I can do or manipulate outside of Your control. Thank you for choosing me and redeeming me. Thank You for your faithfulness and the truth of Your Word.

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