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Diabolical Wisdom by Nancy Leigh DeMoss 05/30/11

Nancy Leigh DeMoss: Our culture rewards ambition and makes a hero out of the super-achiever who gets ahead of everybody else.

It’s a good thing to pursue excellence in whatever you do, but do you know if you are motivated by selfish ambition, the Bible calls that demonic!

James said, “If you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast . . . . This . . . wisdom . . . is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.”

The solution is to do everything out of love. The Bible tells us that love does not envy. We work hard, not to set ourselves apart and get ahead of the pack; instead, we do what He’s called us to do with all our might because of love for God and a desire to serve others.

Ask God to examine your heart. Are you motivated to do what you do out of selfish ambition or out of genuine love and a servant’s heart?

With Seeking Him, I’m Nancy Leigh DeMoss.

 

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