Your daily devotional by Dag Heward-Mills (16th December, 2015)

Posted: December 16, 2015 in Advice, Bible, Bible Commentary, Christianity, Devotional, Quiet Time, Religion, Words Of Wisdom
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December 16, 2015


Dag Heward-Mills

READ: James 4 : 13-17

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.

2 Timothy 3:2

An over-confident person is someone who has too much trust in his abilities. It is dangerous to be over-confident as a Christian. Being too confident in your righteousness and in your own spirituality is a bad sign. (1 Corinthians 10:12). If you regard yourself or your position in Christ as foolproof, you are in danger of backsliding— especially , if you have had promotion in church, or have been used by God in the past.

When a Christian continues to boast about his strength, Satan hears him and decides to test him. Where you are over-confident is where you can be the weakest, because you have dropped your guard. You can also tell that a Christian is over-confident by the way he talks about the weaknesses of others. I have heard Christians criticize others as though they could never make the same mistakes. You need to be humble, otherwise one day you will find yourself in the same shoes, much to your own surprise. Staying on the right track is largely by the grace of God, and not by ourselves.

When David heard that Saul was dead, he did not ridicule him or rejoice over his death. He could have taken the opportunity to talk about how Saul had been disobedient and stubborn. He could have discussed what led to Saul’s downfall. Instead he declared: “Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon…” (2 Samuel 1:20). We must all learn something from this example.
Credit: Dag Heward-Mills


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