“Then he continued, ‘Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them'” (Daniel 10:12).

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Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s formal table: Pride and Prejudice (2005).

When the Holy Spirit spoke to me that night, He said, “You overreacted. Say you’re sorry.”

The sting that accompanied my recent exercise in humility has remained with me, and this morning, the Lord ministered to my troubled heart; Jesus rescued me, yet again, from another snare. I ended Pride and Proverbs, with Proverbs 16:9: “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps”, then I wrote that I’ve set my course for 2020, so now to see where God directs my steps. It appears that God is already beginning to establish my steps. Although I don’t really have any resolutions for 2020, I am resolute! I am resolute that in 2020, God is going to show me how to love others as I have been called to love; as He loves them. Consequently, I believe Satan is going to attack my relationships in the coming year, as he has already started to do so in 2019. As I was preparing myself to write this post, I was led to the prophet Daniel. “Then he continued, ‘Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them'” (Daniel 10:12). Everything’s going to turn out alright in the end, but the path is going to be bumpy. I write these things down today, lest I need reminded tomorrow. “So he said, ‘Do you know why I have come to you? Soon I will return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I go, the prince of Greece will come;'” (Daniel 10:20).

In a few words, and in a brief moment, God spoke clarity and love, and His peace washed over me right then and there. I did exactly what the Lord commanded me to do that very night, but my humiliation would not come until the next day. “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18), but I take heart, for I know God blessed me in what I did that morning, for, “Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor” (Proverbs 29:23). What’s more, “Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes” (2 Corinthians 2:10-11). Satan stands ready, with his cunning devices, to try to rob us of the joy of restoration, by sowing seeds of excessive sorrow and shame following repentance. Paul reminds his readers here about such schemes; we are called instead to be gracious in forgiveness.

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