Pride Is Dangerous
Proverbs 16:5 (BBE) Everyone who has pride in his heart is disgusting to the Lord: he will certainly not go free from punishment.
Pride is the root of all sin, no matter what the sin is. It got Satan kicked out of Heaven. God hates pride because it declares, “I’m God, and I don’t need God.”
Isaiah 14:12-14 (BBE)12 How great is your fall from heaven, O shining one, son of the morning! How are you cut down to the earth, low among the dead bodies!13 For you said in your heart, I will go up to heaven, I will make my seat higher than the stars of God; I will take my place on the mountain of the meeting-place of the gods, in the inmost parts of the north.14 I will go higher than the clouds; I will be like the Most High.
When we become prideful we are looking at ourselves and not God and you know what happens next.
Proverbs 16:18 (BBE) Pride goes before destruction, and a stiff spirit before a fall.
Pride is a big problem. We see what it does when people start believing the hype about them. God gives some the gift of being able to encourage people or teach people or lead people and the people being encouraged look to that person as examples. We we start believing that we are all that that’s when pride creeps in.
We begin to think that we are the reason for our success and not God. Success is one of the most important tests God gives us before he increases our responsibility, and if we become prideful, then we haven’t passed the test.
Nebuchadnezzar the king of ancient Babylon thought that all his success as a conqueror was the result of his own efforts
Daniel 4:29-33 (BBE)29 At the end of twelve months he was walking on the roof of his great house in Babylon.30 The king made answer and said, Is this not great Babylon, which I have made for the living-place of kings, by the strength of my power and for the glory of my honour?31 While the word was still in the king's mouth, a voice came down from heaven, saying, O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is said: The kingdom has gone from you:32 And they will send you out from among men, to be with the beasts of the field; they will give you grass for your food like the oxen, and seven times will go by you, till you are certain that the Most High is ruler in the kingdom of men, and gives it to any man at his pleasure.33 That very hour the order about Nebuchadnezzar was put into effect: and he was sent out from among men, and had grass for his food like the oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hair became long as eagles' feathers and his nails like those of birds.
When It's Pride Versus Humility; Humility Wins Every Time
James 4:6 (NKJV)6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble."
Pride causes people to go to war with God by being friends with God’s enemy. When we submit ourselves to God we become humble and able to resist pride which results in insubordination.
James 4:7 (BBE) For this cause be ruled by God; but make war on the Evil One and he will be put to flight before you.
Submitting to God means humbling ourselves before Him and declaring our utter dependence upon Him. It means repenting of all pride. If we submit ourselves to God He will lift us up because we acknowledge that it’s because of Him that we are able to do anything.
Luke 18:9-14 (NKJV)9 Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men--extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.'13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!'14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
1 Peter 5:6-11 (NKJV)6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
God revives us and hears our prayers when we are humble.
Psalm 10:17 (NKJV)17 LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear,
“Don’t let the enemy tell you that submitting to God will cause you to miss out on some great worldly thing. Actually, the opposite is true. Submitting to the enemy will limit all God has for you. Submitting to God brings blessings far beyond what you can imagine into your life. What you gain isso far superior to anything the world has to offer.
The enemy wants us to be separated from God, but he can only separate us if we listen to him instead of God’s truth. But pride can creep into any one of us. We cannot ignore that possibility.
That’s why we must pray frequently that we will resist the enemy by staying humble before God. And that happens with every step of submission to God we take.” Stormie Omartian from Prayer Warrior
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Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.