The Root Problem

Q & A

 

Q. “I do not understand why things keep getting worse. The harder I try the worse it gets. I have done so many great things. I have been successful in business. Because of my talent, I reached thousands of people. But now everything is falling apart. I have nothing and no one. What happened?”

A. It sounds like the Holy Spirit Is trying to show you something very significant. Please read Daniel chapter 4 to see what is really going on in your life. The following verses summarize it quite well. 

“And at the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the Most High, and I praised and honored Him that lives forever; for His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom from generation to generation. And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; and He does according to His will in the army of Heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest thou? At the same time mine understanding returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, my majesty and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent greatness was added unto me. Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of Heaven; for all His works are truth, and His ways justice; and those that walk in pride He is able to abase.” Daniel 4:34-37

The Nebuchadnezzar spirit is the spirit of pride. Pride is the root problem of all our problems. Pride is common to all mankind. However, since pride is so subtle and the devil often appears as angel of light, pride can be difficult to detect in many Christians. The New Testament rarely uses the word pride. Instead it gives us a much clearer picture of what pride actually is. Pride is fleshly dependency. It is relying upon our human talents, physical strengths and natural abilities as the source of our life.

Pride is also a self serving, self seeking, self sufficient attitude that expresses itself in tangible actions. Pride may take on various forms in our lives. Sometimes it can be quite subtle and covert. Other times it is more obvious and overt, with much bragging and flaunting. Regardless of how pride expresses itself, it robs God of His rightful place in our lives and prohibits us from being the best that we can be. 

Therefore, we must all repent of this Nebuchadnezzar spirit, which is actually the spirit of pride. But this requires humility; we must humble ourselves. We may have thought we were in control but we are not! We must give up all our fleshly efforts to make ourselves, somebody. We must let the Lord Jesus Christ take us and make us the person He wants us to be. And that’s the best that we can be! If you listen to my message on The Wretched Man Syndrome, it will help you resolve this universal problem. Dr. Lewis Gregory

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