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Pride vs. Humility

We've all heard the saying, "Pride goes before a fall." This is a saying adapted from a Biblical proverb which says, "Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall." (Proverbs 16:18) In other words, people who are overconfident or arrogant are likely to fail. The end result of pride will be destruction. Let's observer this happen… Haman was an Agagite or Amalekite. Amalek was the grandson of Esau and his warrior clan was the enemy of the Israelites and fiercely fought against them as they tried to gain entrance to the Promise Land around 1405 B.C. But they did cross into the Promise Land, had judges, kings, and then a divided kingdom. These kingdoms went into captivity to Assyria and to Babylon and later Media-Persia ruled over them in the 470's B.C. This was the time of Esther. Haman was promoted to become the prime minister of Persia under King Ahasuerus (Xerxes) and the most powerful official in the empire under the king. (Esther 3:1) He…

Worship Idols?

Paul was perpetually concerned about the people that crossed his path. He took three missionary journeys across today's Turkey and Greece with the specific goal of making believers and building them up. He was at Corinth in 51AD, and helped to start a church there. He wrote back to that church in 57AD to answer the questions they had asked him by letter. He considered them "dear friends" and therefore gave them this challenge, "flee from the worship of idols." (1 Corinthians 10:14) Corinth was filled with places of worship for Greek gods and several temples even devoted to Egyptian deities. It was a convergence of worship to the gods of this world. It's curious that Corinth was never famous for its philosophers, instead it boasted about its trade and arts. These were a proud people, living lives devoted to themselves, with an appetite for all the pleasures of the world. It is interesting that when the people of Israel came out of Egypt in 1445BC, they also wer…

Mindset

Changing your mind about anything is possible. It does require more information, release of personal prejudices created by personal experience or other's experiences shared with you or false information you have been taught, and it does require a determination of the will to recognized the truth and act according to it. Paul said this about living differently than you originally were, "Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think." (Romans 12:2a) He also suggested to the Corinthian believers three new centers of focus related to the mind. He said, "Those with wives should not focus only on their marriage. Those who weep or who rejoice or who buy things should not be absorbed by their weeping or their joy or their possessions. Those who use the things of the world should not become attached to them. For this world as we know it will soon pass away." (1 Corinthians 7:29b-31) What h…