Gems From Pastor Jim by Pastor Jim Hughes

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by Jim Hughes

CrossPs. 119:51 The proud hold me in utter contempt, but I do not turn away from your law.

Pride comes before a fall. When pride rules, we become self-focused. We begin to think that we are God. We forget who we are and our place in life. The proud have little or no regard for others. They use others to their advantage with no regard for feelings. What do we do when we find ourselves in the presence of proud people? We stay true to God and his law.

There is the temptation to cower and compromise in order to appease. However, it is never the right thing to do. We must stand firm on truth and never turn away from it. The way of the Lord is always right and we must never let anyone lead us away from it.

Proud people come across as strong, but the reality is that behind their persona of strength lies a person of insecurity. Proud people do not want to be seen as they really are. They try to cover up who they know themselves to be. They tend to dominate others so they don’t have to deal with themselves. They have a need to be looked up to, to be thought more highly of than they ought to be.

Those who live by God’s law are a people who know they have nothing to be proud of. Who we are flows from God in us. We are who we are because of what God is doing in us and through us. We owe ourselves and all we do to the gracious hand of God upon us. We depend on Christ for our worth, not ourselves. We understand that apart from Him we are nothing. Living life God’s way keeps us humble before both God and man. For the humble in heart, there is no turning away from God’s Word; it is our sole blueprint for life.
C Through Marriage

About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chaper on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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