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My Name is Pride

My name is Pride
I cheat you of your God-given destiny …
                    because you demand your own way.
 
I cheat you of contentment …
                    because you “deserve better than this.”
 
I cheat you of knowledge …
                    because you already know it all.
 
I cheat you of healing …
                    because you're too full of me to forgive.
 
I cheat you of holiness …
                    because you refuse to admit when you're wrong.
 
I cheat you of vision …
                    because you'd rather look in the mirror than out a window.
 
I cheat you of genuine friendship …
                    because nobody's going to know the real you.
 
I cheat you of love …
                    because real romance demands sacrifice.
 

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Fighting For What We Get

God performed two tremendous miracles to bring the Israelites into the Promised Land: the heaping up of the Jordan River, as the people crossed, and the destruction of Jericho. But from that time on, they had to fight for everything they got. This is true in the Christian life, as well. God will do certain miracles to bring you in. After that, you get only what you fight for, and if you do not fight for it, you do not obtain it!
Historically the Israelites did not take over the whole land at that time. They coexisted with the alien peoples—which was a disaster for them. This, too, is a picture of the Church, trying to move in and coexist with enemy forces that should not be there.

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Honesty

What prevents us from being fully known? The greatest adversary to being fully known is dishonesty. And fear is the driving force in most of our dishonesty. Our fears are often greater than our desire for intimacy. Those who compromise honesty generally do so because of three fears: fear of being exposed, fear of emotional pain, and fear of not being loved.

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