Posts Tagged ‘selfish ambition’

Are You in Someone’s Way?

Feb 25

by Victoria Robinson

Does your lifestyle put you in the way of someone else? Do your choices cause others to stumble? Our Lord and Savior told his good friend Peter that he was a stumbling block. The apostle Paul made it a point to avoid being a stumbling block to those in his life. He even went so far as to work night and day so that he would not be a financial burden to other’s.

One way we can cause others to stumble is to exercise our freedom in a way that is hurtful to those around us. For instance, there are those who do not struggle with overeating. Yet they should be careful how they eat when around a sister who lacks self-control. Serving a luscious chocolate ganache cheesecake might be an unwise choice. Instead they should consider the needs of their precious sister. Would it not be wiser to eat the cheesecake when they are in a different setting. The cheesecake is not necessarily evil, but the enemy can use it as a stumbling block to someone who has a weakness. Out of love, we should always be looking to the needs of others.

Dearest girlfriends, let us ask our heavenly Father to reveal to us if we are causing others to stumble.

Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” ~ Matthew 16:23 NIV
 
Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way. ~ Romans 14:13 NIV
 
Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak. ~ 1 Corinthians 8:9 NIV
 
We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. ~ 2 Corinthians 6:3 NIV
 
… We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow. ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:7-9 NIV
 
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. ~ Philippians 2:3-4 NIV

Taking a Spill in “High Heels”

Jan 18

by Victoria Robinson

High heels are so much fun to wear. They are so feminine and can really elongate your legs and make you feel pretty. Sometimes all it takes is a cute high heel to lift a girl’s spirits up. On the other hand, some “high heels” can cause us to take quite a spill. This would include the “high heels” of pride and haughtiness.

Just because high heels can cause you to trip and fall, does not mean you can never wear them. You just have to wear the right ones. My adorable husband, Rick, knows that a sure way to make me smile is to compliment my shoes by saying, “Cute shoes!” What “cute shoes” does the Word of God encourage us to wear? Try a pair of “humble high heels”. Being a lady who practices humility will ensure you do not trip and fall.

Dearest girlfriends, let us kick off the “high heels” of pride and haughtiness in our life and slip on the “high heels” of humility.

Pride ends in a fall, while humility brings honor. ~ Proverbs 29:23 TLB
 
Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall. ~ Proverbs 16:18 NLT
 
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. ~ Philippians 2:3 NIV
 
Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor and life. ~ Proverbs 22:4 NIV
 
Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor. ~ Proverbs 18:12 NIV 
 
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. ~ Proverbs 11:2 NIV
 
Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. ~ Colossians 3:12 NLT

Une Délicieux Recette?

Dec 09

by Victoria Robinson

As an avid cookbook collector, I always love finding a delicious recipe, or as the French would say, “une délicieux recette”. Without even trying a new recipe, I can usually tell by the ingredients if I would enjoy eating the finished product. I did however recently come across a recipe that does not appear to be very delicious. This French dessert is not sweet, but rather one that would leave a bitter taste in your mouth. Oddly enough, the name of the recipe would suggest one key ingredient which is not even in it. The ingredients are fairly simple. Just mix together fierté with some hauteur, and voilà—tarte humilité! This french recipe cannot be found in a cookbook, but rather THE Book.

Perhaps you have tasted the Americanized version of tarte humilité, known simply as, humble pie. The basic ingredients are pride and haughtiness. Girlfriends, if we do not humble ourselves, God will certainly humble us by allowing us to take a fall filled with destruction.

Dearest  girlfriends, I pray we would humble ourselves so that we could say the words the psalmist said to the Lord,  “My heart is not proud, O LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.”

Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall. ~ Proverbs 16:18 NLT
 
… All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” ~ 1 Peter 5:5 NIV
 
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. ~ James 4:10 NIV
 
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. ~ 1 Peter 5:6 NIV
 
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. ~ James 3:13 NIV
 
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. ~ Philippians 2:3 NIV
 
Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor and life. ~ Proverbs 22:4 NIV
 
The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor. ~ Proverbs 15:33 NIV
 
Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor. ~ Proverbs 18:12 NIV
 
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. ~ Proverbs 11:2 NIV
 
Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin! ~ Proverbs 21:4 NIV
 
Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret, him will I put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, him will I not endure. ~ Psalm 101:5 NIV
 
You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty. ~ Psalm 18:27 NIV
 
My heart is not proud, O LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. ~ Psalm 131:1 NIV