Daily Bible Podcast Day 018 – Genesis 44-46, Luke 18

November 18, 2012 in Podcasts by Nathan

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Scripture:
“‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.’” ~ Luke 18:10-14

Observation:
The Pharisee is outwardly holy, but inwardly he is arrogant and judgmental. He praises himself, not God, and he is overly proud.

Application:
Ouch. I think I do this. My little tiny bit of holiness gets inflated in my own mind and the shortcomings of others get magnified. It becomes easy to think of myself as better. Yikes.

Prayer:
God, take away any pride that is misplaced. That is, any pride that is in myself. I know that a lot of who I am is an accident of birth and that I could have easily gone down a different path were it not for Your grace. Help me to only trust in Your holiness, never “my” own. Teach me to see clearly who I am and who others are.

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