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~ Psalms 25:4,5

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Monday, October 17, 2011

40 Days of Surrender - Day 8

Monday, October 17, 2011 - Arguing

In the last two days I have recognized my temptation to argue.  Praise the LORD He granted me the recognition and self-control to not engage in the argument.  Neither was anything significant so I am thankful that the LORD is easing me into this trial with fairly easy temptations.  It helps me recognize though that I have good practice arguing and I think I'm pretty good at it, if I do say so myself...not that that's much to take recognition in!  I see how arguing fans the flame of my pride causing me to persist in having "my way be right."  Ugh!  And thus another way "my way" and "me being right" and "having the best way" rears its ugly head!  May I feel them as the ugly sin they are as soon as the thought enters my head and Cut It Off!

Galatians 5:16-19 was a memory verse I was reviewing today.  “The acts of the sinful nature…” It’s easy to skim over the list as it appears “extreme.”  If I’m honest with myself, though, I’m guilty as charged by a majority of them and especially idolatry, fits of rage, and selfish ambition in this current trial of surrendering.  That’s enough for the death penalty – “…those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” May I feel them as the ugly sin they are as soon as the thought enters my head and Cut It Off!

I was also reading a small portion of DeMoss' "Brokenness" book and I got to The List that I recall from reading the book years ago.  The List of comparing Proud people with Broken people. It was eye opening then and freshly convicting now in this season of Surrendering Pride.  I am realizing that in this 40 Days of Surrender, I'm learning to surrender a lot of things - control, irritation, frustration, "my way" being best, arguing til I'm seen as "right"...but the root is My Pride.  I think that's why this book "Brokenness" has been such a good tool in this 40 Days of Surrender - More of You, LORD and less of Me!

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  1. I am guilty of arguing, too. Even if I see the folly of my reasoning, there's a part of me that wants to "win." It's sad, though, the damage I've done in winning. Especially to my sister's heart, I think. She's the most frequent victim of arguing. Next up would be my mom. It's funny how I feel free in those moments to argue most with people who love me and are patient with me best. I need this lesson, too. I want my heart to be like His, and too often I'm satisfied with letting my heart be however it wants to be. Yuck.

  2. It's the people who are dearest to me that are most often the victims of my pride too! Yuck indeed!