Presumptions

Presumptions.  

A weird adjective but with a strong meaning.  — “full of… characterized by… or showing presumption or readiness to presume in conduct or thought, as by saying or doing something without right or permission.”

No one is immune to this.  We all want to be recognized.  We all want to have notoriety, so we cattle spend so much time living in pride and arrogance thinking…presuming… we were “called“, then we form arguments to justify our actions or words.  More often than not, that justification is based on our own selfishness.  

We want, but we don’t have…so we take by force to possess because we believe strongly that we deserve.  However, that “deserving” belief is one that leads to contempt and strife because the one who was truly deserving is now without and the one who now possesses is filled with unexplained regret.

Moreover, to minimize the feeling of regret the one who now possesses justifies their actions by declaring they are deserving; but in declaring their deserving spirit hasn’t the one who now possesses become a judge over those who no longer possess?

This pride and arrogance…at it’s core is greed, hostility, contempt for others.  It is selfishness.  

So bold.  So confident in our own beliefs.  Thinking we are highly esteemed.  Overstepping boundaries.  Speaking out when you weren’t given permission.  You’ve been warned that such attitudes have been condemned…

If a man acts presumptuously toward his neighbor, so as to kill him craftily, you are to take him even from My altar, that he may die.” – Exodus 21:14

The man who acts presumptuously by not listening to the priest who stands there to serve the Lord your God, nor to the judge, that man shall die; thus you shall purge the evil from Israel.” – Deut 17:12

But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.” – Deut 18:20

How many have presumed their actions of harm towards another were justified?  Or that their words are meant to be spoken because they had a “feeling of being “called” to speak or write a book“?   How many have acted boldly or spoke with liberty that was not theirs to possess?  Who took the reigns of a runaway cart where the horse was left behind?

Do they not possess a behavior that is perceived as arrogant, disrespectful, and transgressing the limits of what is permitted or appropriate by a Holy and Righteous God, yet they continue each day paying no regard to the truth.  Living a presumptuous life of decay and immorality.  

Disobeying willfully, and out of arrogance and pride they justify their disobedience with no regard to the fatality of their words and actions towards their own soul.  

If only we all would pray as David… “Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; Let them not rule over me.  Then I will be blameless, and I shall be acquitted of great transgression.” 

Oh to be acquitted of great transgression and to live a blameless life!!   What joys would be experienced.  What love would be shared among all humanity.  What anxiety, fears and regrets would be abolished!!  What thanks humans would have from the cleansing of their conscience!!  What humility would come from the renewing of the minds and heart!! 

May the God of Heaven and Earth, the Father of our Lord Jesus protect each of you today from presumptuous sins.  

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prideful idiots

The following is my interpretation of the conversation my pathetic co-workers are currently having….

I’m so smart.  If it weren’t for me, the world would cease to exist.

No..no..no…I’m so much smarter than you or anyone else.

NO!  I’m smarter.

Hahaha…well, I have such a high opinion of myself that everyone needs to know it, so let me tell you just how great I am.

Your skills are good, but MY skills and traits are far greater than anyone on this earth can ever obtain.  I’m so special.

Well, I’m perfect.

Look at me!

I said…

Look at me!!

. . . . . . ???

I SAID….

LOOK AT ME!!!!

I’m the best, the smartest and the most knowledgeable about everything.

No one knows more than I do.

I know what’s best for everyone, not because I have experience, but because I’m just so damn smart so let me spout off how smart I am by telling you what I think I know about nothing in particular.

Hahaha…that was SOOOOOO smart, but you know…I know more because my mommy told me I was so knowledgeable and smart…and everyone knows that my mommy is never wrong.  Hell, she even left my daddy because he couldn’t understand how smart she was and his lack of knowledge was unbearable to her.

What an idiot daddy was.

Mommy is so smart.

I love mommy.

Mommy packed my lunch today.  I think I got a surprise.

Maybe it’s pudding!

wouldn’t that be great!?

mmmmm….

I like pudding.

hey! why did you walk away?   . . . . . ???

Where are you going?

….???…..

What?

What do you mean I’m annoying?  . . .

huh?

….

 

Woe…

Woe to you

In case you forgot that God has some warnings for all humanity about living selfishly and filled with pride…here are a few reminders:

  1. “Woe to those who add house to house and join field to field, until there is no more room, so that you have to live alone in the midst of the land!  (Isa 5:8)
  2. “Woe to those who rise early in the morning that they may pursue strong drink, who stay up late in the evening that wine may inflame them!” (Isa 5:11)
  3. “Woe to those who drag iniquity with the cords of falsehood, and sin as if with cart ropes.” (Isa 5:18)
  4. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isa 5:20)
  5. “Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight!” (Isa 5:21)
  6. “Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine and valiant men in mixing strong drink.”  (Isa 5:22)  
  7. “Woe to those who enact evil statutes and to those who constantly record unjust decisions.”  (Isa 10:1)
  8. “Woe to the proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim, and to the fading flower of its glorious beauty, which is at the head of the fertile valley of those who are overcome with wine!”  (Isa 28:1)
  9. “Woe to those who deeply hide their plans from the Lord, and whose deeds are done in a dark place, and they say, “Who sees us?” or “Who knows us?”  (Isa 29:15)
  10. “Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, and trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the Lord!” (Isa 31:1)
  11. “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel.  Prophesy and say to those shepherds, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves!  Should not the shepherds feed the flock?” (Eze. 34:2) 
  12. “Woe to those who are at ease in Zion and to those who feel secure in the mountain of Samaria, the distinguished men of the foremost of nations, to whom the house of Israel comes.” (Amos 6:1)
  13. “Woe to those who scheme iniquity, who work out evil on their beds!  When morning comes, they do it, for it is in the power of their hands.” (Micah 2:1)
  14. “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.”  (Matt 23:13)
  15. “Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge; you yourselves did not enter, and you hindered those who were entering.” (Luke 11:52)
  16. “Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days; for there will be great distress upon the land and wrath to this people.”  (Luke 21:23)
  17. “Then I looked, and I heard an eagle flying in mid-heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!”  (Rev 8:13)

It’s pathetic to ignore the warnings of God.  

 

The Ugly Duckling – part 1

the ugly duckling

I’m going to be a bit transparent and serious in my next two posts, so bare with me…and please hold your comments until part two has been posted.

– Part 1 –

When I was a child, I wasn’t the brightest or most athletic kid in school.  I was shy, shorter than everyone else, not as fast or as strong and about as socially inept as a kid could be.

I always wanted to fit in with the “cool kids” but found that I wasn’t accepted by them the way I desired to be.  In spite of my awkward shyness, I didn’t get teased very much, but I attribute that to the fact that my older sister was a cute, petite, blonde-haired, blue-eyed outgoing little girl that all the boys wanted to know.  So a lot of the “cool” kids wanted to know me because they thought I was their “in” to the crowd my sister hung out with.

Turns out that wasn’t such a great plan on their part because my sister could barely stand my presence at home let alone in social circles, so all those kids who thought they would get next to my sister through me, found out pretty quickly that their plan was pretty pathetic.

As I grew older, I started to grow into my looks; and around the age of fourteen I began to grow up, too bad it was only physically.  I still had a long way to go socially and mentally.  Matter of fact, the childhood friends I grew up with formed other friendships in high school that they still have to this day, but I was never included in those groups because I wasn’t mature enough and ended up being left behind or out of many activities and social gatherings.  So throughout high school I always felt like an outcast. 

Sure, I had friends, but those friendships were while we were on school grounds.  It was very seldom that anyone would ask if I wanted to hang out after school, and many times I went to athletic functions like football games or basketball games alone, where I would meet up with others I thought were my friends; however, as soon as the game was over, everyone would talk about where their group was heading next, and I would end up leaving the way that I arrived.  Alone.

However, during that time of my life I did find a place I was welcome.

Church.

We didn’t have a large church when I was in high school, but we did have a number of college-aged guys and gals who were trying to work with high school aged kids and it was then that I felt like I was a part of something.  It was then that I actually felt like I fit in.  But that only lasted for two years because as they all graduated from college and started families, the social aspect of the church group died off.  And soon thereafter I found myself, once again, leaving the way I arrived.  Alone.

As I grew older and started working, I made a few more friends, but mentally, I was still that socially awkward kid who always felt like he was standing on the outside looking in.

I never really developed any true friendships.  What I mean is that I never really developed any friendships that survived the test of time. 

I don’t stay in touch with anyone I ever worked with, and I attribute that to the fact that I’m socially inept and people just don’t enjoy spending time with me because…in a nutshell…even though people have told me that I’m physically attractive and fun to hang out with, I’m still that ugly duckling on the inside.  And that was made very clear by my previous, and last, girlfriend who informed me that I was…

and I quote…

“The stupidest man on the face of the earth.”  “A complete moron.”  “A jerk.”  “A man every woman should flee from.”  and  “A social retard.”

There was more, but I think you get the point.

And it was those words from a woman who told me she loved me and wanted to marry me, that were the proverbial straw that broke me.

We were in love…or so I thought.  That was until the worst was thrown at us and neither of us could handle the pressure.  We began to argue and our relationship, that we thought was built on a solid foundation, fell apart at the seams and ended in a heap of ruin; and when that relationship ended, I fell apart emotionally, mentally and most of all spiritually.

The reason I fell apart wasn’t because of her or because of our break up, it was because up to that point in my life I had not taken the time to deal with all the past hurts and feeling like a social outcast…like an ugly duckling.

Since that break up, I’ve doubted and struggled with believing the bible is truth and that God really loved me.  I began to doubt that God wanted His best for me, and that He had a future and hope for me.

I’m not happy to admit this, but I called Him names.  I screamed at Him.  I begged and pleaded for Him to come down and meet me face to face so we could finish this.  I was so angry with God, but not for any valid reason. 

I took my frustrations out on Him because, after all, He’s sovereign.  He’s in full control of our lives, so why didn’t He fix any of the problems to make them work out for MY good?  He could have fixed the relationships.  He could have made the paths straight, but He didn’t…so, instead of blaming myself for my actions and lack of relationships, I took my anger out on Him.

Three years went by and just when I thought I was coming out the other side of the tunnel, I find out that the ex-girlfriend, who I quoted above, recently got married. 

From what I can tell she has a nice life.  She looks happy. 

But I haven’t been. 

So jealousy rears it’s ugly head and instead of being happy for her, I lash out at God.  I scream at Him again. 

I yell. 

Throw punches in the air. 

Ask Him why she gets to be happy, and I have to live like this?  Alone.

I beg Him to answer me…but He doesn’t reply.

So I cast insults at Him.  All the while I’m aware of my words, my actions and the pending consequences, but I don’t seem to care.  My pride and arrogance has taken over.  It’s about me…my wants…my desires…my will, not His.

All through the bouts with God I know deep down that He loves me…but all I seem to tell myself is that I’m unlovely, and I’m about as unlovable as anyone could conjure up in their minds. 

Not too mention, I’m still socially inept.  I’m still the ugly duckling. 

Who could ever love someone like me?

The answer:  No one.  …  That’s who.

No one can love someone like me.

After all, I’m pathetic.

~ Please Hold your comments until you read part two.   I only ask this because with the “new and improved” (I use that phrase very loosely) posting experience on WordPress, I can’t disable comments on posts because their “improved posting experience” is a pathetic piece of crap! ~

If you choose to disregard my request about not commenting until part two is posted, your comment will be deleted.  You’ve been warned!