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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Edging Out God”
“For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3)
Peter said, “Even if all are made to stumble, yet I will not be … If I have to die with You, I will not deny You!’” (Mark 14:29, 31)
You can almost hear the swagger in Peter’s voice. “They may leave, but not me. Even if death stared me in the face, I will never deny you.”
We all believe that if push comes to a shove we would never deny Jesus or step away from the faith, but we need to be careful lest we try to accomplish in our own power what only the Holy Spirit can do.
We think we can handle whatever comes our way, and that we’re strong enough to prevent failure. We say, “That can never happen to me,” and with these words we’re setting ourselves up for a fall.
Before his fight with Joe Frazier, Mohammed Ali said they were going to decide who’s the real king of the ring. He said there wasn’t a man alive who could beat him. He said he should be a postage stamp because that’s the only way he could be licked. He said, “I’m the greatest.”
Ali lost the fight.
When we think we couldn’t possibly fall, that’s when we do, because everyone is capable of sin.
Paul said, “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” (1 Corinthians 10:12)
Solomon said, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18)
Ego means self as the highest form of thought, but the letters E.G.O. could stand for “Edging Out God.”
When we get overconfident, we’re actually edging God out of our lives and beginning to head down a slippery slope of rationalization and sin.
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