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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Trap Door of Success

At this time Babylon, with its hanging gardens, is a “great” nation. Why does such success make change or repentance difficult? How does this relate to Jesus’ word about the rich entering the kingdom of God (see Mt 19:24)? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1228). 

Watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees” (Matthew 16:6).

There is a saying that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Nothing is more common and more dangerous and more fraught with peril than the experience of success. This is because we have a driving inner need to claim credit and worthiness ourselves. This from the get-go is delusional and only gets worse with compounding events. Perhaps the first thing to sink from sane awareness under this fevered mentality is an appreciation for eons of precedent – the indispensable contribution of what has come before us and vitally sustains us now. And as for the future, we too often assume our meager achievements will be definitive and will preclude and supplant future efforts and contributions for generations to come (the grandiosity of a Hitler comes to mind). Nothing of human productivity can possibly accomplish this—this is solely within the spiritual province and will of the Almighty. So, all who have met with success need must fall to their knees in prayer for deliverance from the dead hand of prideful stupidity. With a sense of desperation and raw need, they must fling themselves upon the mercy of God for deliverance from the poison, insanity, absurdity, and myopia of human arrogance.

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