To tell God “what is” rather than listening to Him to hear what is, is pride. When I define circumstances according to my ideas, I’m exalting my thoughts above His. This always leads to death and devastation—always!
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And My ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT
Thoughts: The Pride of Not Listening to God
Our original parents trusted their thoughts above the thoughts of God. The funny thing is, we don’t actually originate thoughts. We are hearers not originators. Martha teaches that there are only two sources in the universe and we choose from One or the other. On one side is Satan, and on the other is our Heavenly Father. It is an either/or proposition, with one leading to death and the Other to Life. This is so frightening because it means that if I am not listening to God to formulate my opinions, then the devil is feeding me my conclusions. YIKES!
In the past I assumed that pride was the attitude of superiority. What I have learned is that pride can be inferiority as well. Whenever we define circumstances apart from God, we are in pride. To hear and bow to God’s mind is humility, while pride is the broad stroke of listening to another’s voice.
If you’re neurotic-leaning, you can easily feel that you’re not proud because you don’t feel superior to others. After all, the Bible does say, “Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3b NLT). But if these thoughts of inferiority are not from God, we’re gaining them from the enemy. This makes our conclusion pride. Whenever I think outside of God, I am in pride.
Leaving Pride, Entering Humility
Martha’s currently reading Master’s Indwelling and it’s an amazing book. I highly recommend it to you. This morning she came and read some of it to me. The section she read was speaking of the humility of Christ and our humility. Essentially the portion she read to me was a celebration of our nothingness. For it is in the humility of our nothingness that we find everything. And this includes our thoughts and our ideas.
We have to come to the Father in our abject emptiness to be filled with His All. And only when we come empty of opinions – those conjured apart from Him – can we receive our actual reality. God is supposed to be the first and last Source of all our thoughts—thoughts about self, thoughts about others, and thoughts about life. Whenever I go outside of listening to Him, I enter pride, which exalts something above Him and His knowing.
Our battle is to bring down every deceptive fantasy and every imposing defense that men erect against the true knowledge of God. We even fight to capture every thought until it acknowledges the authority of Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5 Phillips