"All That"

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Today's reading: Esther 5:9-14; Proverbs 8:13

Haman provides us with a detailed picture of being prideful in Esther 5:9-14. It's hard to miss the fact that he is completely consumed with himself. I found myself thinking, "He sure thinks he's 'all that,'" when I read verses 11-12 where Haman is telling his friends and his wife how important and special he is. Haman is so full of himself that he can't tolerate the fact that Mordecai isn't impressed with who he is, or that he's not fearful about refusing to worship Haman for his supposed greatness. So in this self-focused, self-worshipping state of mind, Haman's pride gets the best of him. So much so that it drives him to put in motion a plan for Mordecai's public execution. But as we'll see when we get to Esther 6, Haman's pride proves to be his downfall.

None of us are immune to pride. In fact, pride comes quite naturally to us (and yes, I am speaking from experience). So while it's easy for us to shake our heads and point our fingers at Haman, if we're honest, we're all capable of thinking and acting just like him. Thankfully, as followers of Christ, we can overcome the powerful pull of pride when we keep our eyes on serving God and draw on His strength.

In the past, how has pride impacted your thinking and actions? What helps you combat prideful thoughts when they surface? What did you notice or learn from this passage about the dangers and blinding effect of pride? Tami

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Warren Wiersbe says from his Bible Commentary, “His hatred of the Jews in general and Mordecai in particular had so poisoned his system that he couldn’t even enjoy talking about his greatness!...Malice is that deep-seated hatred that brings delights if our enemy suffers and pain if our enemy succeeds. Malice can never forgive; it must always take revenge. Malice has a good memory for hurts and a bad memory for kindnesses.."

In the past, how has pride impacted your thinking and actions?
It caused me to put myself in a perverted thinking that I was "it" and not thinking about others and how I was causing a bad situation.
I need to have a humble and submissive attitude when I am being corrected for my good. It makes it easier on the one who is trying to help me to do a better job.

What helps you combat prideful thoughts when they surface?
When the focus is off me and towards pleasing the Lord and others.
Knowing that I am pleasing the Lord helps me a lot.

What did you notice or learn from this passage about the dangers and blinding effect of pride?

The situation gets worse and becomes dangerously out of control.Of course, God intervenes for Mordecai and his people

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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