WHAT IS VAIN GLORY?

While I was waiting on God, I was told by the Holy Spirit to write an article about vain glory.

All the glory belongs to God. From suffering to glory.

Straight to the point, vain glory is the tendency for a Christian to develop the pride and boasting spirit in him for being so spiritually gifted. It’s a feeling of being so important and special about his self after performing signs, wonders and miracles forgetting that God had performed it through him and that he was just an empty vessel used by God.

Do all have it? Can both Christians and non-Christians have the tendency of acquiring it?

“I’m better than him.” “I’m a better preacher than him.” “I’m the most anointed evangelist since I can perform a massive healing crusade with lots of sick people got healed.” “I’m super-talented since I can play all musical instruments and got the brilliant voice to song lead.” Have you been there? These were just some of the common thoughts and lines of evangelical Christians whether actively or non-actively participating in the ministry or mission field for God’s work. Nothing is hidden in God’s sight. He knows our thoughts even the hidden secrets of our hearts.

Matthew 12:36 says, “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will account of it in the Day of Judgment.”

Let us be careful with every word we utter. In James 3:1-12, Apostle Paul talks about how hard it is to tame the tongue.

How about these lines? – “He’s too sinful to be my friend so I must avoid him.” “Only with the same religion/ church/ denomination are welcome here.” “I must always stick to my over-religious friends and have nothing to do with bad-influenced group of people. I will just pray that someone might be used for them so they’ll be reformed.” “I’m not the right person for them, our characters don’t fit and I’m not ready yet to share the gospel and I’m afraid I might be influenced by their bad habits. So it’s better to stay on the safe side.” How hypocrites are we if we are thinking like this! We’re not only violating the “anti-discrimination and anti-favoritism law when it comes to our relationship with our fellow believers and non-believers in Christ. Apostle Paul explained in James 2:1-12 the topic about “Favoritism Forbidden”. As he emphasized in verse 8 and 9, “If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself, you are doing right but if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.” Let us be reminded that our neighbors are not only those who are law-abiding citizens but also those who are not. And whether we like it or not, we can’t pick or choose our neighbors. We can’t say, “Oh I don’t want them to become my neighbors because they’re not pleasing, not friendly and not kind to me.” Remember the story of a Good Samaritan.

Vain glory associates with hypocrisy, self-righteousness, self-seeking, boastful and pride spirits. It also includes condemning and judgmental spirits.

Why do I have the burden to come up with this topic? Simply because, most Christians are unaware that they have this kind of spirit. We’re too focused of becoming holy explicitly not implicitly. Most churches do have church-going members who are unaware that they are demonically oppressed. However, church leaders don’t know how to deal with it because they look plain to them. So these leaders will just conclude that there’s nothing wrong with their members.

7 Capital sins  :Pride- Lucifer, anger- Satan, envy – Leviathan, avarice – Mammon, vanity/ sloth – Belphegor, gluttony – Beelzebub and lust and perversion – Incubi and Succubi

We’re used to the seven capital sins as major deadly sins. We’re too focused to them but are ignorant that little sin is still a sin. It’s the same as white lie is still a lie.

We must know who our enemies are. Our enemies are not our brothers, not our sisters, not our parents, not our kids… Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” <READ further: Eph 6:10-20>

Lucifer was thrown into the lake of fire through eternity because of his pride. We must not be like him because we are created in the image and likeness of God. We are inheritants of His promise to be with Him in heaven through eternity, not in hell because hell was created for falling angels who disobeyed our almighty God.

What to do:  We must counterfeit the spirit of pride with the spirit of humility. Our best example of humility is our Lord Jesus Christ who died on the cross, though he’s innocent, in order to pay the wages of our sins.  “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life.” (Romans 6:23) God don’t want us to suffer from eternal damnation so He sent His only Son Jesus Christ because of His great love for us. <READ Colossians 2:14>

Humility is not necessarily doing what exactly Jesus Christ did of dying for our sins on the cross. So you don’t have to physically inflict pain on yourself or nail yourself on the cross just to minimize your sins because it only takes an innocent blood without stain and blemish who could wash away all our sins. None of us have that kind of blood, not even the animals offered as sin offering in the Old Testament…no one but only Jesus’ blood is clean, pure, without stain and blemish. 1 Peter 1:18-19 says, “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”

Humility is admitting that we are sinners and without Jesus Christ as our personal savior we can do nothing.

Humility is reporting to our captain that we’re done with our tasks and say, “We’re just doing our work so we don’t deserve applause.”

1 Peter 5:5 says, “…God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

All the glory belongs to our Lord Jesus Christ, not to us. We don’t even have the claim to His glory, not even sharing it to ourselves for we are only filthy rugs-servants of God. We’re only empty vessels used by Him so that His works will be accomplished to His people. Bond-servants obey without questioning. They don’t have the right to say “no” to the command or put on limits to their obedience neither put on terms on when, where or how to obey. They don’t have the right to retire or resign from their duty. They don’t have the right to demand wages or incentives. They will serve their master all throughout their lives. See the humility the bond servants have. According to Neville Johnson, the only passport to enter heaven is the bond-servant relationship with the Lord. Are you serving the Lord? If you are, then what kind of servant are you?

Finally, I wanted to share this video entitled “Christians Who Ended up in Hell Because of Willful Sin thought they were going to Holy Heaven”.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxCFIjLsHU0

 This is about a particular minister of God about his travel-experience in hell. He said that God gave him the chance to let him know and for him to share to others that He is not the God of liars, fornicators, adulterers, murderers, proud…This minister’s supposed to be in hell because he have the spirit of “vain glory” since he undermined and belittled his pastor. He thought he had done lots of mighty works (wonders and miracles) than his pastor in his ministry.

God is our rescuer and redeemer. He’s a God of chances. If He would have not let me watch that testimony of him, I possibly would have developed vain glory against the pastor who used to disciple me. And I was wrong…so wrong to think that there’s nothing wrong with that. Who are we to brag about the gifts God gave when in fact He is just being so gracious for giving us such whether we deserve it or not. It’s not about us being so special among others. It’s about how fair Jesus is. It’s about how loving and merciful He is for choosing and calling us…back to Him.

Although we think we are living a holy life in this world but still failed to a single aspect of purity in God’s sight, like for instance, we’re not able to forgive someone before we die, so we’ll still end up in the flame of hell. While alive, we still have the chance to repent and be forgiven. Repentance is a daily basis. It can’t be done in a single or 2-minutes professional prayer like what we usually do when we pray before we eat. You have to tear your heart and cry out to the Lord.

Revelation 21:27 says, “Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

Vain glory is just one of the impurities we have to deal with and asked the Lord to wash away with.

Since most of us Christians don’t know who our enemies are, not fully equipped with the armor of God and we’re always on the defense instead of the offense, we must at least know our enemies’ tactics. John 10:10 says, “The thief does not come except to steal and to kill, and to destroy…” Everything nowadays becomes ‘hi-tech’ so does our battle. We know that servants of God like apostles, pastors, evangelists, teachers, prophets, missionaries are labeled as FAVORITE in our enemy, the devil’s ATTACK list. So we must always pray for them. Let’s not let our enemy took advantage of the breaches or the holes on our walls. We must be upgraded with our tactics to fight against our enemies because in the spiritual realms, there is a constant battle happening that directly affects our physical realms.

True intercession or spiritual warfare could be done even if you’re alone provided that your heart and mind/soul are one, been united. Then that’s the time the Holy Spirit of God took hold of you tightly and together you’ll pray with the Holy Spirit interceding for you with groaning that words can’t utter. Romans 8:26-27 says, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”

Friends, let’s not lose heart because we’re on the winning side. In Hebrews 13: 5-6 “God said, ‘Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” <READ further in Revelation 20:1-10 about Satan’s doom >

To God be the glory!

Tags: vain glory, intercession, spirituality, war, spiritual warfare, battle, God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, prayer, heaven, hell

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