Is the color of your skin, the type of church you attend or the flag you live under more important than the color of your heart?
There are times when we get prideful about who we are, or when or where we worship the LORD our God and even that our nation is the best - be careful - IT IS ALL PRIDE!
Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I (God) hate.
Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the humble is wisdom.
Proverbs 13:10 By pride comes nothing but strife, but with the well-advised is wisdom.
Proverbs 14:3 In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, but the lips of the wise will preserve them.
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
The LORD our God is telling us something, are we listening? Any pride, which includes skin color, where we go to church or which flag we live under, is WRONG!
Why is our LORD telling us about our pride?
The LORD our God is telling us that OUR pride will lead to destruction, OUR pride shows others that we are a fool, OUR pride will bring shame to ourselves and the LORD hates pride. He wants us to have a full life WITH Him.
Will we follow the leading of our LORD or listen to the back patting of our own pride?
Proverbs 29:23 A man's pride will bring him low, But the humble in spirit will retain honor. Which of these will be said about you? Will you become LOW or retain your HONOR in the LORD?
Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. A heart of stone is gray in color but a heart of flesh is red. Remember this, you can’t remove the gray stone heart - only God can and He wants to. He wants to give you a red heart of flesh!
2 Corinthians 3:3 clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.
John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (JESUS) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
It is clear, no matter where in the Holy Scriptures you read, that our LORD God is for us and loves us and wants to do good for us!
So, what color is your heart?
Is the LORD our God more important that your skin color or the color of someone else’s skin?
Is your church the only place to worship the LORD our God or can God teach in a different way in a different church and have the same message?
Does the LORD our God love your nation as much as He loves other nations?
Isaiah 56:7 Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, And make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations."
Luke 24:47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Romans 16:26 but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith ---
Confess the sin of your pride now and allow the LORD your God release you from your bondage of guilt.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Matthew 6:8 Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.
Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Matthew 7:11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
Ask Him to remove the gray stone heart and give you a red flesh heart today! He will and He wants to.
Blessed be the Name of our LORD and Savior - Jesus.