you cannot be arrogant and still be right with God

arrogance, when left to grow, is as deadly as a fatal car crash. when you assume that you are the master of the universe in your life and can and should control as much as possible, you have just fallen into a trap set for you by the deceiver. You can either turn from your arrogance and seek God and humility, or you can slip right into the lake of fire. It is your stupid choice.

I say stupid because too many refuse to be honest with themselves, or honest with anyone else. They would rather look good in the eyes of everyone than to do what God says they must do- humble themselves and follow Him. If you are brash, loud, and proud, the Spirit of God is not in you. The Word states that a child of the King will reflect the King; he or she will be humble, just as Jesus was humble. If you have accepted Christ into your heart, you must desire to follow Christ in everything, rather than Self. When you just do whatever you want to do and tell God to bless it, you are living a lie…you have twisted the Bible’s words to fit your own agenda.

This afternoon I sat in a meeting and heard spiritual arrogance. I was told I wasn’t needed to help in the church by someone who thought they were in control. Unfortunately, I was at a meeting where decisions would be made to structure an event to “witness to the world” the truth of God. But the spiritual atmosphere was not that…there were two people there who were arrogant and controlling…

Now, I have serious doubts about being part of this outreach because people who are reflecting arrogance are trying to run things while the pastor is away for the week. I know God lead me to the church, and I know on that first Sunday I heard the pastor talk about needing people with artistic talent in writing and theatre- exactly where my talents lay. So, I came…and have been coming. And it was the pastor who encouraged me to join the group….but…

some arrogant people just have no clue to what God is trying to say to them. So, I wait for God to tell me what move to make next in this regard. I just know that I will not be a part of something that is run by people who are full of arrogance instead of the spirit of God. There is no place in a church for that kind of behavior- it is the fruit of sin/flesh, as the Word of God states. No, there is no place for that but hell.

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Thelostkerryman is an author, and entrepreneur, living in the forests of a consistently confused country. Here in this hill country, hurling doesn't usually involve a hurley; store-made soda bread has the consistency of a sea sponge; and Kerrygold butter has finally found a permanent place on the grocery shelves everywhere. His blogs are an account of his adventures, thoughts, eclectic -and eccentric- ramblings, random or insightful poetry, humor and non-humor, pictures (photos), video, essays, fiction, poetic fiction, nonfiction, drama, and writing he has not classified in the description above. All of his posts from,,, and are copywrited according to international copywrite law.
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10 Responses to you cannot be arrogant and still be right with God

  1. Tim Shey says:

    So you live in County Kerry. I am also with the Kerry Diaspora. My great great grandfather Shey (O’Shea) came from County Kerry to America probably in the 1850s. I spent some time in Ireland back in the early 1980s. I worked on a farm near Killorglin for a month in 1981.

    This was a very good post. Arrogance and the Spirit of God don’t mix at all. Control is nonfaith; control is sin or else slouching towards sin.

    • I wish I were back in County Kerry…no, I’m in the states…feeling like the old country song “Torn Between Two Lovers.” No, there’s nothing like Kerry anywhere else on Earth. But I’ve too many ties and bloodlines here, so…hopefully in retirement…

      I’ve found a wide range of spiritual wisdom across the denominational divides…and centuries (St Brendan was as Pentecostal as they come) …but, unfortunately, also a shipload of nonsense…

      • Tim Shey says:

        Speaking of St Brendan. I was hitchhiking in West Virginia a number of years ago and I met these Christians in Charleston. This guy told me that they believe St Brendan and some other Irish monks may have penetrated into the interior of the North American continent. They found Runic writings written on this river canyon in West Virginia. Their theory is that Brendan and Company were praying and claiming this continent for Christ way before the Vikings came to North America.

      • Yes, I know about that. I haven’t actually seen the markings in person, but have seen low-quality pictures of them. It is on private property, and as such, remains quite a mystery.

        The theory that he came to America is well-documented and researched. There have been other mysterious artifacts near the Atlantic coast. It is quite possibly true, considering the science of boatbuilding in Ireland at the time.

  2. jimlupis77 says:

    Humility is the best trait, pride is the worst. If God has called to something, not even arrogant people can stop what the Lord wants to accomplish in your life. Hold on and be steadfast and enjoy the ride!

    • Yes, well, it is good to take a step back and reflect, pray, and wait for God’s direction in the matter…and so I am. And based on that, I want to find out if this project is not the one I should be working on…instead, maybe another. A woman gave me a copy of a script she is writing…so…

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  4. Jim Bigler says:

    My dear brother, remember that we all grow at our own pace and charity begins in our own heart. Be patience knowing that love covers a multitude of sin.
    1 Peter 4:8 ESV
    Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

  5. Naphtali says:

    All churches have people who cause dissension which of course is what God speaks to in the NT. I have been singled out, told to do otherwise and even was told I couldn’t join because I was divorced and the divorce was all my fault. This person did not even know my name. After so many people have found fault with me I asked God to help me stop letting it bother me. He did and now i pray for those who contend to be the highlighters of arrogance. Hang in there. They need you and they don’t know it.

    • Yes, I know. I have since met with one of them and now there is no problem. The other is someone I had never met before- just like you, and I couldn’t find them at this morning’s service….but I forgive them and do not hold offense against them. After much prayer and thought, I have decided to talk with the pastor and just offer my talents like a last resort specialist…too much going on in other areas of my life anyway…

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