When you hear the word PRIDE, does it strike you as a positive or negative word? There are certainly many positive types of pride but there are just as many negative types that destroy relationships, businesses, marriages and countries. After watching the Presidential, Vice-Presidential and Governor debates last week, I found myself disgusted with the constant interruptions, the sarcastic words spoken and the bold-faced lies told, all to get us to believe every point as they tried to steal (I mean seal) our votes. And after the debates, the CNN and Fox News commentaries trying to “One-Up” each other with their own bias and personal prejudice’s. It was with a saddened heart that Jeanne and I went into our morning devotions turning to Jeremiah, the weeping prophet. It was here we found ourselves in a position we pray all of America will find itself in: A Humbled position on Bended Knee’s. Repenting for the Game of Pride we got caught in as we judged the people on TV without even noticing the pride that was ruling in our own hearts. It was here I saw, the “Game of Pride”, the devil is playing on all of us! Matt. 7:1-5, Judge not and you won’t be judged. We’re hypocrites and need to take the log out of our own eye before we can clearly take the speck out of anyone else’s eye.
God talked to Jeremiah in 8:6 and said, “I’m listening to their conversations and don’t hear a word of truth. Is anyone sorry for doing wrong? Does anyone say, “what a terrible thing I have done? NO! All are running down the path of sin (their own agenda’s) as swiftly as a horse gallops to battle.” God concludes in vs. 12 and states. “Are they ashamed of these disgusting actions? Not at all, they don’t even know how to Blush!” And it’s here I want to deal with the true reason America seems stuck in it’s own story and why the church isn’t even blushing with disgust. It’s found in one word, PRIDE and the GAME we PLAY with it. Pride is the ring-leader of the Catholic Seven Deadly Sin’s (Pride, Greed, Lust, Envy, Gluttony, Wrath and Sloth). The reason for it’s kingship is what’s found in the center of all our pride, “I”. Do you want to get rid of pride in your life and deal with your “Big I.” It’s done by moving in the opposite spirit of ME, MY, I…found in Humility. If my people….will humble themselves and than pray. The “IF” shows us it’s always a choice that we must make to win this game. But first we must realize, prideful people don’t pray, we talk, often too much way more than we listen. It’s this arrogance that pushes people away and the reason prideful people only have a small number of true friends. Instead of treating people as equals, pride displays obnoxious superiority that’s only desire is to make everyone around them feel small. Winning the Game of Pride takes Moving in the Opposite Spirit. It’s a powerful spiritual weapon that YWAM has used for years. The YWAM founder, Loren Cunningham used this term “moving in the opposite spirit” in his book, “THE CALL TO SERVE”. Where he challenged those at all the DTS Bases to impact all the cultures YWAM teams went to in the opposite spirit. They were to serve and not be served where ever they went…the opposite spirit.
Moving in the opposite spirit will take courage and strength, and is impossible without the help of the Holy Spirit. It isn’t easy to be kind to someone who loves to hurt you. It’s hard to stay full of grace when you continually find yourself in a toxic environment or relationship. Are you presently in a situation where pressure is coming against you? Robbing you of your joy and peace? Maybe it’s a situation, a relationship, at your work, your ministry, in your family or with your finances…remember 1 John 4:4, still stands on our behalf, “You are an overcomer for Greater is He that’s in you than he that’s in the world”. As you listen to the Holy Spirit, He will reveal the lies of the enemy that you have agreed with in your situations. You then have a choice: to disagree with the lies and break the enemies legal authority or remain stuck in your story. Breaking the enemies hold will take repentance. As you repent declare Psalm 19:14 over your life, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord my strength and my Redeemer.” It is important to note that meditation is an agreement in your heart that results from the words of your mouth.
Question: Have you ever moved in the opposite spirit over lies the enemy has told you?
Key Thought: In this crazy world we’re living in the Joy and Peace we desire will only be found in our ability to humble ourselves and pray as we seek His face. Learning the Art of Moving in the Opposite Spirit is a must as we do spiritual warfare over the principality of pride. When we learn how to deal with the “Big I” we’ll learn how to live a victorious life.