Day 23 | Ditch The Bad Beliefs & Attitudes
- P.A.C.T.—Pray | Ask | Confess | Thank
- P.A.S.S.—Pray Prior | Author's Intent | Stop when Convicted | Share
Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
- Write down a bad belief you have about accountability and let it go.
16 To humans belong the plans of the heart,
but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.
2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
but motives are weighed by the Lord.
3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.
4 The Lord works out everything to its proper end—
even the wicked for a day of disaster.
5 The Lord detests all the proud of heart.
Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;
through the fear of the Lord evil is avoided.
7 When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way,
he causes their enemies to make peace with them.
8 Better a little with righteousness
than much gain with injustice.
9 In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps.
10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle,
and his mouth does not betray justice.
11 Honest scales and balances belong to the Lord;
all the weights in the bag are of his making.
12 Kings detest wrongdoing,
for a throne is established through righteousness.
13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips;
they value the one who speaks what is right.
14 A king’s wrath is a messenger of death,
but the wise will appease it.
15 When a king’s face brightens, it means life;
his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.
16 How much better to get wisdom than gold,
to get insight rather than silver!
17 The highway of the upright avoids evil;
those who guard their ways preserve their lives.
18 Pride goes before destruction,
a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed
than to share plunder with the proud.
20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,
and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.
21 The wise in heart are called discerning,
and gracious words promote instruction.
22 Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent,
but folly brings punishment to fools.
23 The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent,
and their lips promote instruction.
24 Gracious words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
25 There is a way that appears to be right,
but in the end it leads to death.
26 The appetite of laborers works for them;
their hunger drives them on.
27 A scoundrel plots evil,
and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.
28 A perverse person stirs up conflict,
and a gossip separates close friends.
29 A violent person entices their neighbor
and leads them down a path that is not good.
30 Whoever winks with their eye is plotting perversity;
whoever purses their lips is bent on evil.
31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor;
it is attained in the way of righteousness.
32 Better a patient person than a warrior,
one with self-control than one who takes a city.
33 The lot is cast into the lap,
but its every decision is from the Lord.
Goal: Ditch the Bad Beliefs and Attitudes
Now I know that accountability does not sound like fun, but I am going to add the fun back to it for you. Because I know many men have a bad attitude and even bad beliefs about accountability. Often this is due from two issues. One, they have had bad experiences with accountability in the past, specifically abuse or manipulation. Two, we have a completely wrong understanding of accountability because, most of the time, in Christian circles, we only hear about accountability in the context of sexual addiction or issues. Therefore we a wrong understanding and attitude about accountability. But we need to ditch these bad beliefs and attitudes. Which is what I want you to do today. Accountability can be positive and proactive, and it can be an unenjoyable experience. So I am going to guarantee to make it different for you. But you need to ensure you ditch the bad attitudes and beliefs. So today, write down one bad attitude and belief you have. Identify it and share it if you feel comfortable.
Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.—Proverbs 16:18
Men who accomplish an extraordinary level of position, prosperity, or prestige frequently become immortalized by the world. We all know at least one athlete, business leader, or well-known author to which this has happened. Sometimes the elevation of these men by others has a way of distorting their view of self and the world around them. I am sure you can think of more than one example of a man whose fame has gone to his head.
But a man who knows his pride, and when and how it manifests itself can resist it before it distorts his perspective and ruins his identity, character, and relationships. This is what was so amazing about Jesus. He was willing to live out his status and position with power humbly and yet persistently redirect attention away from himself to his Father.
DO THIS: Know your pride and say no to it.
PRAY THIS: God, help me to know my version of pride and keep it from "tripping me up" today.
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