KEY SCRIPTURE:2Ki 14:10 KJV “Thou hast indeed smitten Edom, and thine heart hath lifted thee up: glory of this, and tarry at home: for why shouldest thou meddle to thy hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou, and Judah with thee?”
(Read 2 Kings 14)
Success is always a blessing. God blesses our sincere efforts with outstanding success. King Amaziah, started by doing that which was right in the sight of the Lord. God approved of his obedience by granting him victory over his enemies. He was very successful in slaying Edom. After this victory he sent messengers to Jerusalem calling on the king of Israel to come for an open fight. This time he acted out of his ego, without the Spirit leading. Pride is very deceptive and can easily take over a man’s heart. A pastor dared the devil to appear to him and he (the devil) would see power. The devil appeared and this pastor was scared to death. It took the intervention of the Holy Spirit to save the situation.
The Christian by grace is superior to the devil. He must not in any way act out of self will and pride to face the devil. Amaziah called for a fight with the king of Israel, out of shear pride. Pride always comes before a fall. Proverbs 16:18 KJV “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” Dear child of God we are nothing by ourselves. Your success always proceeds from being led by the Spirit of God. Such an action would definitely go to glorify God. God resists the proud but gives more grace to the humble.
Another attitude of pride is when some Pastors who have very large ministries, tend to look down on smaller ones. This is a deception. Every form of pride is always a deception. There are some Pastors with rather small membership yet very proud. They would not submit themselves to be taught in anyway. They are mostly criticizing those with large ministries. Please, this work is not about ourselves and what we have been able to achieve. It is all about seeking the salvation of the lost and establishing them for God. It is a depopulation of hell to populate heaven. Whether you have a large audience or a few thank God and focus on winning more for heaven.
Father I pray for all servants of God, that they may never to be deceived by pride. May their eyes be opened to the deceptive strides of pride as it tries to take dominion of their hearts. Deliver those who are bound by it in Jesus name I have prayed. Amen
1Samuel 2:3 KJV” Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.”
Job 40:12 KJV” Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.”