Testimony

False Pride

Step 7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

James 1:9-10 Humble believers should be proud because being humble makes them important. Rich believers should be proud because being rich should make them humble.

In 1987 I first entered ‘Recovery’ in a 3 month live-in rehabilitation programme in Western Australia. I stopped drinking and using drugs – I learned the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, attended meetings on a regular basis (even started a couple of new ones). But I had a problem, that problem was ‘false pride’ You see I had lived my life believing God was for the week and I never saw myself as being weak so I had no place in my life for Him. Although I believed He was in my life, I never believed in giving Him control of my life, nor did I ‘humbly ask Him to remove my shortcomings’ I knew I had them but believed it was up to me to change them. As a result of my wrong beliefs and attitudes I drank again. However, because of what I had learned in A.A. I knew I had to do something to STOP So I did a geographical to to South Australia. Where I again moved into a live-in rehabilitation programme The Bridge Programme There I learned of my need for God, a personal relational need on a daily basis. I learned to LET GO of the false pride that prevented me from achieving lasting life recovery and to LET GOD into all the areas of my life I had not permitted Him into previously. The reuslt is I am now in my 21st year of a lasting, loving relationship with Him and I still go to Him daily and ‘humbly ask Him to remove my shortcomings’

In John 14:1-4 Jesus says “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.” Today because of the letting go of false pride I am certain He is preparing a place for me and when everything ready He will come and get me so I can live with Him forever.

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