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Pride

Some people have pride that they are blinded to and it's only seen through the eyes of others. Some people have pride that they are very much aware of but may not know how to handle it.


Scripture tells us that God hates pride:

Proverbs 16:5, “Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: They assuredly will not be unpunished.”


FINDING PRIDE

Pride can be subtle, sometimes it hides itself very well. Other times it is very obvious. We see starting in Luke 18:10-12: “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed this with himself, God, I thank you, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.”


This Pharisee had come to give praise of himself, rather than of God. If you notice, scripture even says that he prayed it with himself, not to God. We see a difference when the publican prays in Luke 18:13: “And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.”


The difference between the tones and in the way that these two prayed can be easily seen and felt. Christ continues in Luke 18:14: “I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted.”


THE ENEMY

Keep in mind that Satan will use anything against a Christian to tear their faith down, this includes the things that are meant for good. Ever hear someone called a prideful Christian because they won't party or they refuse to engage in immoral acts?


We need to be aware of pride, but not fall for Satan's tactics of twisting the meaning of sin to make one feel as if they are sinning, when they are instead walking humbly and righteously.

This same tactic is employed to label Christians as haters or phobics because they adhere to the word of God. Please be aware of this and be prepared to protect your walk against the enemy who seeks to destroy you.


HIDDEN NATURE

1. Pride will often cause a feeling of offense when someone does not believe as you do. Pride says that you need to force others to see what you see and believe as you believe. You must have the last word to prove that you are right.

2. This also goes along with those who refuse to put themselves in a position of a learner to be taught or given a deeper understanding because their knowledge supersedes everyone else's.

3. Pride keeps you from apologizing when you are wrong.

4. Pride says that you are better than other people. Whether its because you are skinnier, more mobile, smell better, dress better, etc. You see others outward appearances as being beneath yours by comparison.

5. Pride will want people to have all eyes on you by whatever means necessary. All conversations turn to you and need to be about you. This goes along with being consistently critical of others.

Pride turns eyes from God and others and places them on you. This is the nature of the sin of pride.


GOD FOCUSED

Jeremiah 9:23-24, “This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches,but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD.”


Psalm 10:4: “In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.


Pride will cause destruction in our relationship with God. We can see this through the history of what happened with Lucifer. His pride in his beauty and his talents made him view himself as better than God, to the point that he had decided that he wanted God's throne and God's position.


When this didn't work out too well for Lucifer, he decided to plant this idea into the minds of men in the Garden of Eden. We can still see this pride and arrogance in work in people today.


Pride takes all of the glory off of God and shines it forth on to us. When pride is wounded, it brings forth other types of sin, such as revenge.


PEOPLE FOCUSED

Philippians 2:3-4: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”


Romans 12:16: “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.”


Proverbs 27:2: “Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.”


We should not view people in comparison to ourselves. But rather we should always hold a view of ourselves as servants. For even Christ became as a servant and washed the feet of his disciples.


We should always examine ourselves for pride, seeking always to remain humble in the eyes of the God.


CONCLUSION

Pride is deadly. Pride will keep you from forgiving people because you see yourself as having a “right” to hold a grudge. However, we know that pride in this manner also keeps us from being forgiven by God, so again, we can see where pride interferes and destroys our relationship with God.


Pride says, “all eyes on me”, instead of, “My eyes on God”.

Pride says, “everyone serve me”, instead of, “I am a servant of God.”


As followers of Christ, we need to recognize the signs of pride.

That line needs to be drawn and we must always review our road map and examine ourselves to be certain we are on the straight and narrow because Christ warned that there would be few who find their way in.






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