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Pride

Pride makes a person stupid. How? The person's heart becomes arrogant and hardened by pride. Here's a vivid example:

Nebuchadnezzar was the ruler of Babylon, the mightiest kingdom on earth at the time.  History books say it was a magnificent city, beautiful, and fortified.  An building project a king would be proud about building.

The God of heaven warned Nebuchadnezzar in a dream that the “Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone He wishes and sets over them the lowliest of men” – Daniel 4:17. 

The Most High had the prophet Daniel interpret the dream for Nebuchadnezzar and warned the king, “until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes” your sanity will be taken from you and you will live among the wild animals and eat the grass of the field for seven years –Daniel 4:23-27.

Because of his pride, the warning fell on the deaf ears of Nebuchadnezzar.  Twelve months after the dream and warning, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, he said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?”

The words were still on his lips when a voice came from heaven saying, “Your royal authority has been taken from you.  You will be driven away from people and will eat grass like cattle. Seven years will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone He wishes” – Daniel 4:18-32.

Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled.  His sanity was taken from him and he was driven from people. He ate grass like the cattle, his body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird.

After seven years, the prescribed time, Nebuchadnezzar was humbled. Here is his own words: “At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified Him who lives forever.”

“His kingdom is an eternal kingdom; His kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as He pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back His hand or say to Him: ‘What have you done?’”

“At the time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before. Now, I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glory the King of heaven, because everything He does is right and all His ways are just.  And those who walk in pride He is able to humble” – Daniel 4:28-37.

Nebuchadnezzar’s son Belshazzar didn’t learn that lesson. After his father died and Belshazzar became the ruler of Babylon, his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride – Daniel 5:20.

The Most High sent a warning by writing on the wall of the palace during a banquet.  Belshazzar was so frightened that his knees knocked together and his legs gave way –Daniel 5:6.

He sent for Daniel the prophet to interpret the writing on the wall.  Daniel reminded Belshazzar about the time the Most High humbled his father Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel told him, “But you his son have not humbled yourself, though you knew all this.   Instead you have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven.  You did not honor the God who holds in His hand your life and all your ways” – Daniel 5:20-24.

Then Daniel interpreted the writing on the wall for the king, his time as king was over.  “That very night Belshazzar, the king of the Babylonians was slain, and Darius the Mede took over the kingdom, at the age of sixty-two”  -- Daniel 5:30.

Can you praise the Most High, and honor and glorify Him who lives forever, and acknowledge that His kingdom is an eternal kingdom?  Can you accept that His kingdom endures from generation to generation, and know that all the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing?  Can you acknowledging that He does as He pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth?  Can you accept the fact that no one can hold back His hand or say to Him: ‘What have you done?'

If you can’t do that you have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven.  You do not honor the God who holds in His hand your life and all your ways. Your heart has become arrogant and hardened with pride. 

Your pride is making you stupid, you refuse to accept the truth of Jesus Christ, and so you will suffer seven years of God’s wrath being poured out upon mankind.  Don’t blame God, He sent His message of eternal redemption out throughout the earth telling everyone that Jesus Christ is God’s Once For All Atoning sacrifice for the sins of mankind.  You refused to hear and open your heart to Jesus Christ, as a result you will suffer seven years of turmoil.  More scary is the fact that you could continue to refuse to accept the Atoning Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, even during those terrible times.  If you refuse, you will end up in the lake of fire, the place of NEVER ENDING TORMENT. That is scary; that is a stupid choice, and your pride is the only thing that will cause you to make that stupid choice.

Here is God’s invitation: If you haven’t accepted God’s free gift of forgiveness yet, but you would like to experience the New Life He promises, simply pray this prayer:  “Jesus Christ, I choose to believe you are the Son of God and God’s only sacrifice for the forgiveness of my sins. I admit it, I’m a sinner, please forgive my sins, and I ask you to come into my life, I want to be born again. Save me Jesus.  I don't understand it, but please save me Jesus.  Please show me how real you are! Also baptize me with your Holy Spirit; I want everything you have for me. Thank you for accepting me.”

If you’re a skeptic you can pray a prayer like this: “God, if  this is true about Jesus Christ and a new life, please help me understand so that I can accept your gift of eternal life that you purchased for me by the sacrifice of Your Son.”

 

God wants to lavish His grace and love upon your life, for more information go here my friend:

If you refuse to believe the truth of Jesus Christ here is what you can expect to happen in the near future:
And here's why:


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