Thought for the day: Are your actions feeding your ego or your soul?
“The ego is the false self…born out of fear and defensiveness.” -Unknown
Ego: an INFLATED feeling of pride….
Remember that pride comes before loss of power, before shame, before contention, before destruction, and before being brought down. It comes before a fall from your position in Christ or your position in the world.
History is littered with the casualties that this negative and demonic quality and mindset have caused. It literally, has completely toppled and destroyed kingdoms, countries, nations, alliances, companies, marriages, and great friendships.
Once pride starts to seep into someone’s personality to any significant degree – it has to be dealt with and neutralized with the help of the Holy Spirit. If it is not, then it will continue to grow and spread through that person’s personality and mindset. From there, it will start to seep into their emotions, actions, and behaviors… once this negative quality starts to manifest into their actions and behaviors, then their judgment will start to cloud.
Once their sense of proper judgment starts to cloud up, they will no longer be able to separate truth from error. The only truth they will be able to see is what they perceive the truth to be, not what God’s real truth is, or what anyone else may try and tell them is right.
They start to ignore and pull away from the convictions of the Holy Spirit. Their ego and pride can no longer handle any type of constructive criticism… even if it’s coming from the Lord Himself. Before they know it, they have lost all touch with their real friends, along with God Himself pulling away from them and letting them run as far as they want to run.
Then it happens… with all of their good support structures now gone… God and their real friends pulling back from them, their own imperfections finally catch up with them, and their house of cards all of a sudden comes crashing down on them and they end up losing it all. For some, it will mean the loss of their marriages and good friends. For others, it will mean the loss of their jobs or ministries.
How do we protect ourselves from walking in pride? WE HUMBLE OURSELVES!
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Phillipians 2:3)
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” (James 4:10)
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all of your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6)
In the type of materialistic, greedy, and competitive world that many of us are forced to live in today, trying to develop a real spirit of humility is a tall order. But God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit on the inside of you, can work this kind of a humble spirit into your personality if you are willing to work with Him on it.
So I ask you again….are your actions feeding your ego…or your soul?
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?