PRIDE

PROUD

“BY PRIDE COMES NOTHING but strife. When pride comes, then comes shame”, says wisdom. Proverbs has multiple verses concerning pride. Why so much on one certain thing? First of all, it is important to recognize that the enemy of your soul fell from glory because of the pride in his heart. It was not his actions that he was cast out of God’s presence, but for the pride that was in his heart. It’s an important and valuable lesson for us. God judges the motives and intentions of our heart. We can fool others, but never the Lord. Your pride will find you out and with it, destruction.

“Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs‬ ‭16‬:‭18‬ ‭

Pride implies self-confidence which produces carelessness, and hence a fall—literally, “sliding.” In this generation of “self”, elevation of self and self-accomplishment, self-esteem is rampant. The enemy uses pride to infiltrate God’s people and it is seemingly benign at the start. Much of today’s preaching elevates the man under the guise of “God’s love and blessings”. Pride is sneaky and often comes in unaware and is not so easy to detect by the naked eye. The prideful heart is stubborn and rebellious. It holds back love and forgiveness because pride leads the person to believe that they have been so wronged.

Pride leads a person to believe they are right and you are wrong and so they are blind to their own faults. Pride says, “you owe me!” But humility says, “I owe you and will spend my life repaying you.” Pride asks the question in an arrogant manner, “What have I done??” Instead of falling down on the face and beating the chest proclaiming in mercy, “What have I done! I beg for your forgiveness”. Pride tells your wicked heart that you deserve to be treated with respect, as you take the chief seat. Yet humility says, “I deserve nothing” as you stand back and wait to be invited. One of my favorite quotes is from Charles Spurgeon in which he said,

“Brother, if any man thinks ill of you, do not be angry with him; for you are worse than he thinks you to be. If he charges you falsely on some point, yet be satisfied, for if he knew you better he might change the accusation, and you would be no gainer by the correction. If you have your moral portrait painted, and it is ugly, be satisfied; for it only needs a few blacker touches, and it would be still nearer the truth.”

Be sure, we must look at ourselves through the lens of Scripture as a born-again, new creation, Holy Ghost filled, saint of the living God who has been washed clean and made new. Yet, this is not of your own doing. Your own righteousness is filthy menstrual rags. Look at yourself soberly. Jesus was despised and rejected by men and we can expect no less.

Who are you to condemn another for a wrong doing since you yourself has done the same, and even more so have done the same against the Almighty? This is pride and with pride always comes some manner of destruction. God resists the proud. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. You should fear the Lord resisting you. Humble yourself and let yourself be wronged and take a smack on the cheek. Let others falsely accuse you and slander you. Will God not take care of His own? “Vengeance is mine”, says the Lord.

“Everyone proud and arrogant in heart is disgusting, hateful, and exceedingly offensive to the Lord; be assured [I pledge it] they will not go unpunished.” Proverbs‬ ‭16:5‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

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