By: Darrelyn L. Tutt"But when Pharoah saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had said."Exodus 8:15-----Arrogance - An open air of pride indiscreetly displayed.-The open expression of a cocksure self-promoting attitude.-An egotistical superior sense of presence.Arrogance was the plague that blinded the heart of Pharoah and prevented him from seeing the glory of God.Three traits of Pharoah:Arrogant, Presuming, Powerful.-----Today's Read: Exodus 9-15 and Psalm 18Pride and arrogance are intertwined;Where pride "sits long" in the soul it reveals itself in the rising of arrogance.For this reason, the early season of pride, is the time for it to be both recognized and uprooted.Pharoah's heart was the result of pride's sustained shelf life; a nurturing of self that led to a narcissistic attitude.It didn't likely erupt overnight but over a long steady season of power, position, and prestigue afforded him.Somewhere along the way Pharoah became overcome with himself and, in "his" great shadow, his presence eclipsed the sun and the eyes of his soul were blinded.When the appointed time came for the redemptive release of God's people (Israel) from Egypt, Pharoah was the voice and presence that openly refused and denied God's people their right. Openly defying the presence and power of God ... Pharoah flexed his mortal muscle attempting to prove his sovereignty to the people and to God.God dealt with him acccordingly and presented him with the 10 plagues:1) Water turned to blood.2) Frogs covered the land.3) Lice in man and beast.4) Swarms of flies.5) Death of livestock.6) Boils in the skin of people and animals.7) Hail and fire intermingled.8) Locust.9) A darkness that could be felt.10) Death of the firstborn. And finally Pharoah tucked his regal tail between his legs and went home the loser;And that's how proud men will always go home before God.-----Hmmm ...What a nuisance undealt pride can so quickly become.Pride enlists its own onslaught of consequence and God deals with the hearts of mortals in personal and provoking ways to display His immortality.How He does it ... one can never be sure.But that He does it is a guarantee.-----It's my hope that you don't look any further than yourself for concerns related to pride.Pride is in the heart of all of us and must be dealt with and uprooted upon our first awareness of it. Its lingering stage in the soul has a short "shelf-life" and will quickly produce its counterpart called arrogance which will become public information.God hates it, Abhors it,Calls it an abomination.Don't conceal it,Ask God to reveal it,Confess it and let Him deal with it.Be done with it and free of it.Be sure that He will call in the "plagues" where He finds it necessary ...And all knees will evenually bow in the "Light" of His very great presence.Don't allow pride to overshadow you."And Moses said unto the people, 'Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord which He will show to you this day: for the Egyptians whom you have seen this day, ye shall see them again no more forever."Exodus 14:13-Selah
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