We all like to feel good in life; it makes us happy. When we are a Christian, we see the world in a different light. One of our focuses is uplifting others through encouragement. But how does being a feel good Christian differ from being a God-honoring follower?
When I say feel good Christian, you know what I am talking about. This person does things that make themselves and others feel great. We have all found ourselves in this position at one point in our life or another. But what happens when you mix feel good with pride? When we do or say things does it honor God or does it build our pride?
When you get done patting yourself on the back for all that you have accomplished, why don't you stop and thank God for helping you with your success? I mean, sometimes we like to put ourselves up on a pedestal and chant about how good we are. Instead of giving glory and thanks to God, we make the situation about ourselves.
One of the best ways that I have found to remove pride from every situation is to pray constantly. When we are praying with God trough the entire situation, we keep our focus on him. We do not lose sight of the good things that he has done and help us with.
Proverbs 3:5 NASB “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.”
How to feel good by pleasing the Lord.
Think of your relationship with God as a team. You work on your problem, and he helps you work through it. If God were not on your team, you would have met disaster and failed. But when you succeed, you take all the credit, and disregard Gods help in your situation. This example is what pride looks like.
We need to stop feeling good because we think that we accomplished something. In turn, we need to praise God for the work he has done in our life. We can feel great about how he turned our situation around and helped us out. We can be excited about how through him, we succeeded.
Getting rid of the big head and me, myself and I mentality will get you much farther in your walk with Christ. We should be doing things in our life because we want to please God. Less time should be spent on worldly advancements for ourselves and instead, keep the focus on heaven. We need to keep up our prayer to feel good in the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 NASB “pray without ceasing;”