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Today's reading: Esther 6:1-13; Proverbs 29:23; Philippians 2:3

As we come to Esther 6, Haman's prideful thinking and actions remain strong. So much so that when the king asks Haman for advice about what should be done for someone whom the king wants to honor, Haman, without any deliberate thought or contemplation, surrenders to prideful thinking.

"And Haman said to himself, 'Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?'" (vs. 6).

With his next breath, Haman spurts out the recommendation of an elaborate and showy public display that he believes is for his elevation and honoring. As we find out a few verses later, Haman completely misses the mark here. What a picture of how pride can weaken and impair our ability to think logically and respond rationally.

How might focusing on one of the verses below (or another of your choosing) help shift your focus from yourself to someone else? How will you combat prideful thoughts when they arise going forward? Tami

"One's pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor." (Prov. 29:23).

"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves." (Phil. 2:3).

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Would it have been wonderful if Haman had desire to honor another above himself?
The Lord God is so long suffering and patience with us and here we see there were opportunities for Haman to have a change of heart.Even his wife warns him "that the tables are turning on him" and he does not heed it, could it be he was so self-centered that his mind was impaired to his doom?

"By the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you." (Romans 12:3 NIV)

This verse shows me that my focus should not be on me but on the Lord. Here is Paul who could be called "the best and the brightest" who had an incredible conversion experience could have written a best seller not to mention a full schedule for speaking engagements!!

We see Paul had the right focus! All that we have to give to the Lord, was given to us by His grace so that we can serve Him!!

"But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me." I Cor. 15:10

Tami, you provided two good verses too,Prov. 29;23 and Phil.2:3.

I need to read the Word and ask for example,what is Haman doing wrong? Am I full of pride or is my focus on the Lord?

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