Cape Cod Sacred Assembly preparation, Day 1

Cape Cod Sacred Assembly
Preparation, Sep 22, 2007

Prayer focus for Day 1 (September

"If My people who are called by My name, will humble themselfes, and
pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will
hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land" 2
Chron 7:14

Heart Preparation

As we prepare to humble ourselves before the Lord, we need to
understand that the opposite of humility is pride and willfulness. At
the root of pride is an unwillingness to bend to God without
reservation. Pride causes us to prefer our own way to God’s way. In
some respect pride is the root of all sins. The famous theologian,
Thomas Aquinas, defined pride as “inordinate self-love [and] is the
cause of every sin.”
Our sinful nature is bent toward self-centeredness, self-indulgence,
and self-love. Affluence and abundance intensify this condition; the
enticements of demonic spirits make it worse. Self-love attracts
demons like a picnic draws flies.
Selfishness, carnal ambition, jealousy and envy all have their origin
in the condition of our heart called pride. Pride keeps us from
honestly confessing our sin, acknowledging our failure before God and
man, and manifests itself many times in a stubborn insistence about
our own way.
Our carnal nature loves and protects its “self”. Our carnal nature is
essentially selfish, proud, arrogant, haughty, vain, narcissistic,
manipulative, controlling, dominating, impatient, stubborn,
insensitive, resentful, angry, unteachable, rebellious, fearful,
anxious, complaining, disagreeable, judgmental, negative, critical,
cynical, indifferent, greedy, lustful, sensual, envious, covetous,
jealous, faultfinding, dishonest and deceitful. Rather than being
concerned for God or others, our self-nature always wonders: ‘What’s
in it for me?’

Pride is also a master of self-defense! It hates to acknowledge it is
wrong and if it does it usually rationalizes its behavior without real
sorrow being expressed. If not repented for, pride will produce a
hardness of heart, increased isolation and independence from healthy
Pride is concerned with winning arguments and rarely if ever says,
“I’m sorry” or “I am wrong, will you forgive me?”
Pride intensifies our insecurity and self-defense leading to gossip,
slander, and delighting in the weakness and failure of others so it
feels more secure. Pride manifests itself in bitterness and
resentment. Pride protects itself in a perverse form of self-
righteousness and not in the cross of Jesus Christ.


Day 1 - The Step of Humility

“How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me?”
(Exodus 10:3)
∞ ∞ ∞
Humility is the reality of our entire dependence on God for life and
all of its dimensions. Pride, the very root of all sin, is the loss of
the sense of who God is and the exaggerated belief about who we are.
Until we humble ourselves before God, we cannot truly abide in God’s
presence or experience His favor. Our failure or unwillingness to
humble ourselves explains why God so often seems distant.

Humbling ourselves is acknowledging our position as God’s creatures
and yielding to His rightful place over our lives. Nothing is as
dangerous as pride and self assertion; nothing is more advantageous
than the grace of humility.

Often we make a pretense of humbling ourselves that is both shallow
and feeble in its consequence. True humility requires us to empty
ourselves and be filled with Him. This is where we discover the
reality of God’s presence and power.

Prayer Points:
• Jesus, I repent for the pride in my heart! Would you reveal the
hidden areas of pride and self-love in my heart?
• Jesus, forgive me for the love of my “self.” Forgive me for my
independence and help me to be totally dependent on You for everything
in my life.