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Christianity Pride and Racism

Updated on March 23, 2018
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Jerry started in the trucking industry in 1978 and has spent most of his life on the open road as a Trucker Evangelist and Christian Author.

More Than An Outward Show

Down through the pages of church history, we discover that God has allowed his spirit to empower and use men and women of God in mighty demonstrations of his power causing medical science to take another look at the power of prayer.

I have great respect for these patriarchs of our faith who paved the way for us to read about their life experiences with the God of the bible and develop within our own hearts a hunger to experience God’s presence in our own life.

These powerful men and women of God allowed the Lord to use them to leave his signature through them to future generations including us today. They left behind some profound revelations and eyewitnesses who themselves have experienced a one on one covenant relationship with the Living God of the bible. These patriarchs all agreed that He is the same today as He was in bible days and he desires to be found.

The lives lived by these saints, is a treasured map that leads to a treasure buried in a remote hidden place just waiting for someone to find it and claim it. I am praying that as you read this hub that you will explore the depths of God’s Spirit in such a way that you will never be satisfied with church in the norm like we have in many services today.

I will now make an attempt by the Spirit of God to expound on the strategy and tools of the enemy that can and will hinder the flow of God’s spirit in our lives and ministry. Before I expound upon these dangerous schemes of the enemy, let me post for you some scriptures that I think will give us clarity concerning how God feels when we grieve or insult his spirit.

Ephesians 4:30 King James Version (KJV)

And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Isaiah 63:10

But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.

To understand what it means to grieve the Spirit, we must first understand that this indicates the Spirit possesses personality. Only a person can be grieved; therefore, the Spirit must be a divine person in order to have this emotion. Once we understand this, we can better understand how He is grieved, mainly because we too are grieved.

Ephesians the 4th chapter tells us that we should not grieve the Spirit of God.

We grieve the Spirit by living like the world

We as Christians are to be an influence to the world and culture around us and not allow the world to influence us. The world is known for its lying, by being angry, by stealing, by cursing, by being bitter, by being unforgiving and by being sexually immoral. {Ephesians} 4: 25-32 and {Ephesians} (5:3-5).

To grieve the Spirit is to act out in a sinful manner, whether it is in thought only or in both thought and deed.

1.Both quenching and grieving the Spirit are similar in their effects.

2. Both hinder a godly lifestyle.

3. Both happen when a believer sins against God and follows his or her own worldly desires.

The only correct path to follow is the one that leads the believer closer to God and purity. The correct path will lead us away from the world and sin.

We do not like to be mistreated and grieved therefore we should not grieve or quench the Holy Spirit by refusing to follow His leading.

This is some powerful teaching concerning the abiding and indwelling presence of God’s Spirit living within. God's Spirit was present when our life was planned and is armed with the vast knowledge of God’s preordained plan for our life. God allowed us as spirit beings to be born and enjoy life on this planet and we have a divine purpose and destiny to fulfill. I will attempt to explain why we are unique and special to him. I want to cover some of this in this setting before I point out the two sins that will grieve God’s Spirit and hinder his work in our life and ministry.

Don't Chase The Dove Away

I was led of the Lord to use the dove in the title of this chapter as a reference to God’s Spirit and God’s abiding presence.

I have took the liberty to provide you with several references concerning the dove as used in the holy scriptures and we all remember it was the bird sent out by Noah to see if the water had receded from the Earth.

Genesis 8:8-12 - Then he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground. But the dove found no place to set her foot, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her and brought her into the ark with him. He waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark. And the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth.

The dove is recognized as a symbol of purity. Many times the dove can be found pictured carrying the olive leaf as a symbol of peace, and purity. In God’s word, we find the dove being used as a symbol of purity.

The dove can be found in the book of Luke to describe the Holy Spirit coming upon Jesus when he was baptized by the Apostle John.

Luke 3:22
And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

Doves and turtle-doves were the only birds that could be offered in sacrifice, as they were clean according to the Mosaic law.The dove returned and brought peace to Noah . It is often mentioned as the emblem of purity ( Psalms 68:13 ). It is also a symbol of the Holy Spirit. ( John 1:32 )

The Sin Of Pride

People are important to God and he does not want us living in bondage but in the power and victory of the cross. The Sin of mankind was dealt a mighty blow by our savior at the cross. God raised him up for our justification that we could come into his holy presence as one who had no sin. We are declared righteous through the blood of Jesus. We need to start living as one that knows God from the free pardon of sin and put the devil where he belongs and that is under our feet.

Friends, we must never give the devil an inch in our lives. He will lure us to take the bait like an angler trying to catch a fish. He will make it look appealing but remember, if we do take the bait, it will have consequences and place us in bondage. It is time to come to God and come out of irons.

The two sins of the flesh that will hinder the flow of God’s Spirit in our life and ministry are Pride and Racism

Before you close the chapter, let me please ask you some questions then I will expound upon the danger behind these schemes of the enemy to divide and conquer?

  1. Did you have anything to do with what era in history you would be born?
  2. Did you have any say as to what gender you would be and who your parents would be?
  3. Did you have anything to do or say concerning what nationality or what race you would be born into?
  4. Did you have anything to do or say concerning the gifts that would be placed within you at birth.

God Hates Pride

This dear reader is why God hates a proud look because as you discovered earlier in this chapter, out of the billions of people upon this planet, no one is like you. No one has your brain waves, your DNA, your finger prints and your gifts that is why we have no right to place our self as being superior to another person here and abroad.

I want to place the definition of pride for us to view and see if any of these traits identify in us and if they do then we need to quickly repent before God and ask him to cleanse us with his blood according to John 1 verse 9.

Pride- Wikipedia Pride is an inwardly directed emotion that carries two antithetical meanings. With a negative connotation pride refers to a foolishly[1] and irrationally corrupt sense of one's personal value, status or accomplishments, used synonymously with hubris. With a positive connotation, pride refers to a humble and content sense of attachment toward one's own or another's choices and actions, or toward a whole group of people, and is a product of praise, independent self-reflection, and a fulfilled feeling of belonging.

In Judaism, pride is called the root of all evil. In Christianity, pride is the original and most serious of the seven deadly sins, the father of all sins.

Philosophers and social psychologists have noted that pride is a complex secondary emotion which requires the development of a sense of self and the mastery of relevant conceptual distinctions (e.g. that pride is distinct from happiness and joy) through language-based interaction with others.[2] Some social psychologists identify the nonverbal expression of pride as a means of sending a functional, automatically perceived signal of high social status.[3] In contrast, pride could also be defined as a lowly disagreement with the truth. One definition of pride in the former sense comes from St. Augustine: "the love of one's own excellence".[4] A similar definition comes from Meher Baba: "Pride is the specific feeling through which egoism manifests."[5]

Racism Divide and Conquer

Dear reader, if you have read this hub and meditated on its truths, you are on your way to a revival within your soul that will surely not be able to be contained but let me now expound upon the scheme the enemy of our soul is using to divide our churches and our nation and that sin is Racism.

The Azusa Street revival in 1906 that touched the world was started when some white people in Los Angeles was praying for a move of God. The Lord heard their prayer and directed a black man by the name of with a patch over one eye to their residence late at night. The black people were under a curfew and were forbidden to be out at that time of the night. There was knock at their door and there stood a black man. When they asked what he wanted, he replied, you been praying for revival and God directed me to come here.

The Azusa Street Revival was a historic Pentecostal revival meeting that took place in Los Angeles, California and is the origin of the Pentecostal movement.

It was led by William J. Seymour, an African American preacher. It began with a meeting on April 9, 1906, and continued until roughly 1915. The Azusa Street Revival was a historic revival meeting that took place in Los Angeles, California, and is the origin of the Pentecostal movement. It was led by William J. Seymour, an African American preacher. It began with a meeting on April 9, 1906, and continued until roughly 1915.

The revival was characterized by spiritual experiences accompanied with testimonies of physical healing miracles, worship services and speaking in tongues. The participants were criticized by the secular media and Christian theologians for behaviors considered to be outrageous and unorthodox, especially at the time. Today, the revival is considered by historians to be the primary catalyst for the spread of Pentecostalism in the 20th century.

Near the end of this great outpouring of God’s Spirit, The white people began to complain about the worship of whites and blacks together. The persecution became so great that soon the Azusa street mission was deserted by the whites and became a mostly black church. The fires of revival that swept the world had been hindered as racism once again grieved the flow of God’s Spirit.

Dear reader, how can we as a people that had no say as to when we would be born, what gender we would be or even what race God would allow us to be born into, think that we as frail human beings that are dependent upon him for the next breath we breathe could even think that we or our race of people is superior to another when God is the one that chose and carefully planned when, where, and what race they would be born to experience life and to fulfill his divine purpose for their life which one day all of us will stand in front of him the giver of life and give an account of the life we are now living to fulfill his divine purpose and call upon our life.

The enemy’s plan is to divide and conquer as holds true the old saying “United we stand and Divided we Fall?” I could write many chapters on this subject but even the late A. A. Allen and my Apostle Don Stewart that was mentored by him encountered protests and courts for having mixed multitudes in their services.

My Conclusion

Dear reader, this world and especially this nation desperately needs a move of God to bring a correction and a reverential fear upon us that we would put aside our differences and come together in unity of the faith for in psalms 133, God spoke volumes concerning unity among the believers.

Psalms 133 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments. As the dew of Herman, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. A-Men

Beloved, Pride and Racism are not only hindering blocks to our nation but are hindering blocks to have a true revival. There is no room for these evil sins to exist in the life of a true christian therefore churches and religious organizations that send their missionaries into other countries and rejoice over their pictures being took with other races but refuse to allow other races to attend their church are not of God and are caught up in pride and religious bigotry.

Racism is a taught behavior and God will have No part of it.

My question for us today is "how can one claim to know God and be a part of something that God hates with a passion?"

Dear reader, until we can see people the way God sees them and realize if they miss heaven that will be a part of God that he can never get back then we will be missing the chance to experience the fires of a life changing revival where lives can be changed for eternity.

Let us contend for the faith and agree on the virgin birth, the death, burial and the resurrection of our Lord and Savior who gave his life for all races, creeds and people that they may be rescued from the rebellion of Satan and be adopted into the family of God.

Let us not get caught up in the religious system we have to day and let us treat all men with love, respect and honor and I assure you this will get God’s attention and he will send the dove into our life and ministry.

Lord, I ask you to use this hub to awaken our inner man and bring us together as one united in our faith as fellow believers working as one in perfect harmony that will bring a move of God that will bring deliverance and healing to our nation, A-Men.

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    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 

      2 years ago

      Our nation does need healing today and I stand with you in prayer over this important concern. Yes, we are all unique and special to God.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      2 years ago from Fontana

      Praise God!


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