Isaiah Bible Study: “I Have Done This”: The Prideful Heart(Isaiah 10:12-13)http://www.earnmoneywithangela.comby angelacarter | on May 4, 2013This Isaiah bible study article examines pride.Isaiah Bible Study: The Prideful Heart Says “I Have DoneThis”In today’s Isaiah bible study, we are going to take a look at Isaiah chapter 10, verses 1213.“I will punish the king of Assyria for the willful pride of his heart and the haughtylook in his eyes. For he says: ‘By the strength of my hand I have done this, and bymy wisdom, because I have understanding.” (NIV)First, let’s examine the text here in the book of Isaiah.In this verse, God is explaining that he is going to punish the king of Assyria because he isprideful. The king credited his victories and accomplishments to his own strength and wisdomand not to God.The king is like so many of us who fail to see how God is responsible for our successes andhow God uses us for his purposes, and that his purposes will always prevail (Isaiah 10:7).God said he would punish the king after finishing his work against Mount Zion and Jerusalem.Right now, God was using the Assyrians to judge his people b/c they were godless.
The Assyrians didn’t intend to be used by God; they only wanted to destroy many nations (Isaiah10:7).Isaiah Bible Study: What did we learn about God fromthis text in the book of Isaiah?God uses others to accomplish HIS purposes whether they intentionally wanted to do so or not.God punishes prideful and arrogant people who don’t realize that they are tools in the hands ofGod to be used for his purposes.God is sovereign and we are tools in his hands to be used for his purposes.None of our accomplishments or successes have been done without God or without his powerworking through us.Isaiah Bible Study: What Did I Learn From Today’s Text?Today’s Isaiah bible study verses reminded me that I need to thank God for my successes andgive him the glory when sharing my accomplishments with others.I need to remember that God works through me for his purposes and that I am a tool in God’shands. These verses helped me to remember that whatever I have accomplished, it has beenb/c of God.I need to thank God for my successes and not boast in my own strength. God wants me to behumble.These verses also help me to remember that God is not only the reason for my successes buthe is also behind the success and accomplishments of other people.I also realized that our nation doesn’t always acknowledge God or credit him when weexperience victories; instead, we boast in our own plans, in ourselves, and in our army.Instead, our nation should acknowledge God’s power when we have victories and praise him forwhat HE has done.Isaiah Bible Study: How You Can Apply Today’s Text to
Your LifeWhat is your typical response when you achieve success?Who or what do you attribute your successes or achievements to?We are encouraged to put off our old self and be made new in attitude by putting on our new selfin Ephesians 4:2224, so consider this:Old Circumstance: Success, Achievement, New Promotion, More Income, More Sales, etcOld Thoughts/Beliefs: I have done this. This happened b/c of [insert old belief: my strength, mywisdom, my hard work, luck, etc]Old Feelings: proud, haughtyOld Actions: praising myself, praising others, crediting myself or someone else for myachievements and success.Old Results: people praising me or others for my achievementsNew Circumstance: Success, Achievement, New Promotion, More Income, More Sales, etcNew Thoughts: God has done this. God worked through me. This happened b/c of God. This didnot happen because of me.New Feeling: humbled
New Actions: praising God, boasting of God, crediting God for my accomplishmentsNew Results: others praising God for my accomplishmentsIn order to believe and build your faith that God is responsible for your success:1. Think of a past accomplishment or achievement.2. Write down 3 ways God created that success. Consider any unexpected, unplanned, or unprepared forcircumstances surrounding that success that were beyond your control.3. Now, go share what you have written down with one person. Share how God was the reason for yoursuccess.Enjoyed this Isaiah Bible study? Comment below.Isaiah Bible Study: Isaiah 10 PrayerGod, you are a sovereign and allpowerful God. You are strong, powerful, and purposeful. Yourpurpose always prevails. Everything that happens, happens through you, because of you, andthrough your loving hand.God I confess that I have been prideful of accomplishments. I have credited my achievements tomy own strength, talents, and abilities. Instead of recognizing and sharing with others how everysuccess I had came from you and by your hand, I praised myself instead and robbed you of yourglory.Thank you for humbling me and your people. Thank you for being in control and using us evenwhen our purposes don’t align with yours.God help me to be more humble and to see your power and strength and your sovereign hand inmy past, present, and future successes.God I pray for my government and for people in positions of authority and influence. I pray thatyou humble them so they can turn to you and praise you for all of their achievements so allpeople may glorify you.I ask this in Jesus name, Amen.Love Studying and Sharing the Word of God?To learn how you can get paid to study and share the word of God with others through blogging,
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