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Reflections on the Cross of Christ
40 Days of Prayers & Devotions

Section 2:  The Blessings of the Cross

Day 16  The Disciples’ Pride and the Cross

“Ever since the fall of humanity, pride has threatened to dominate people’s every thought, word, and action. “

“It is quite clear from the Gospel accounts that all of the disciples where killed with pride and self-seeking, which are dangerous sins to harbour in one’s heart.”

“The truth is that God can’t use anyone in an significant way while pride dominates one’s spirit.”    

“God used the cross to humble Christ’s disciples.  Peter, who had boasted at the Passover meal that he would never deny his Lord, denied Him three times, just as Christ predicted he would, as he waited outside the judgement hall.”

“People who are broken no longer desire to hold a high position or to receive accolades from men.  The truth is that when people are broken, they feel unworthy to hold any position in God’s service.”

“It is when we experience the humility of the cross that God can use us most gloriously in His cause; for the Christ - and only Christ - will be exalted.”

Prayer Focus

Pray for:
-  God to fill you with the Holy Spirit.
-  God to open your eyes to any pride that is in your heart.
-  Those on your prayer list.

Isaiah 14:12-14 NLT

12 “How you are fallen from heaven,

O shining star, son of the morning!

You have been thrown down to the earth,

you who destroyed the nations of the world.

13 For you said to yourself,

‘I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God’s stars.

I will preside on the mountain of the gods

far away in the north.

14 I will climb to the highest heavens

and be like the Most High.’

Matthew 22:20, 21 NLT

20 he asked, “Whose picture and title are stamped on it?”

21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.

“Well, then,” he said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”

Matthew 20:24 NLT

24 When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant. 

Luke 9:46 NLT

46 Then his disciples began arguing about which of them was the greatest.  

Proverbs 16:18 NLT

18 Pride goes before destruction,

and haughtiness before a fall.

James 4:10 NLT

10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.

1 Peter 5:5, 6 NLT

5 In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for

“God opposes the proud

but gives grace to the humble.”

6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.

Matthew 26:75 NLT

75 Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And he went away, weeping bitterly.

John 20:19 NLT

19 That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said.


 

Excerpts are taken from “40 Days: Prayers and Devotions Reflecting on the Cross of Christ” by Dennis Edwin Smith