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DCLM Daily Manna – The High Price Of Pride

DCLM Daily Manna 19 May 2024 Devotional By Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — “The High Price Of Pride”

TOPIC: “The High Price Of Pride” (DCLM Daily Manna 19 May 2024)

KEY VERSE: “Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes… Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts” (Isaiah 3:16,17).

TEXT: Isaiah 3:3-26 (KJV)

3 The captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator.

4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.

5 And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable.

6 When a man shall take hold of his brother of the house of his father, saying, Thou hast clothing, be thou our ruler, and let this ruin be under thy hand:

7 In that day shall he swear, saying, I will not be an healer; for in my house is neither bread nor clothing: make me not a ruler of the people.

8 For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of his glory.

9 The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.

10 Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.

11 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.

12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.

13 The Lord standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people.

14 The Lord will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people, and the princes thereof: for ye have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses.

15 What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord God of hosts.

16 Moreover the Lord saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet:

17 Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will discover their secret parts.

18 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon,

19 The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers,

20 The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings,

21 The rings, and nose jewels,

22 The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins,

23 The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the vails.

24 And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty.

25 Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war.

26 And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall sit upon the ground.

MESSAGE:

Man’s pride always brings him down. James Tillis, a former heavyweight fighter, learned that quickly, too. On his first day in Chicago, Illinois, he proudly declared, after setting his two cardboard suitcases down in front of Sears Tower, “I’m going to conquer Chicago”. However, he was defeated in a fifteen-round bout where he not only lost the world title but also saw his pride bruised.

Pride also played a role in the downfall of Judah. Today’s text is a prophecy about the calamities that would result from Babylonian invasion and their captivity. This distress would come upon Judah because of their backsliding and profanity. The daughters of Zion were particularly singled out for their pride and worldliness, which would bring them into such a humiliation that would contrast sharply with their former fine state.

God promised to take away all the props that fuelled their pride. Haughtiness and a proud disposition attract God’s wrath and judgment. While it is not sinful to desire something that will make life convenient for us, it is ungodly to make a god out of those things God has graciously permitted us to have. Houses, good jobs, well-paying careers, homes filled with healthy children and bank accounts enriched to make life easy for us are in order if used for the glory of God.

God should have our highest affection. We must, therefore, make Him, not ourselves, the centre of attraction in our lives.

We simply incur wrath and judgment upon ourselves when we get carried away by pride, self-centredness and profanity. If you have been caught in the web of pride, today, you can humbly repent and penitently seek the Lord for forgiveness.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
When pride leads, expect a fall.

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
2 Samuel 20-22

Deeper Life Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.

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