KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 23:12 (KJV). “And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”
God is forever against the proud. Sin always does two things
1.Sin defiles us
2 Sin rebels against God.
According to 1 John 1:9, when we confess our sin God forgives and He cleanses us. He forgives our rebellions, and cleanses our defilement. The problem of pride is directly against God. This makes rebellion very serious, and extremely dangerous. Pride challenges the very authority of God. It opposes God’s throne. No one dare challenge God’s reign in the universe, yet pride does. The man who does not believe in God would openly attack the authority of God. Almost all of such people always end up in a very miserable way.
The Christian may not openly challenge the authority of God, yet has a very subtle way that pride functions through him.
PRIDE dethrones God from his seat in the hearts of His children and enthrones self.
What are the signs of pride in a Christian’s life.?
1. When ever a child of God keeps repeating this
phrase ‘as for me’. Then pride is waving its way into his heart
2. When the child of God is fund of saying ‘and I did this or I did that’ The proper way is, by the grace of God, I was able to do this or that
3.Inability to forgive is a strong symptom of pride.
4.Excessive feeling of guilt and shame because your wrong actions have come to the light of day.
5.When one gets so offended because he was not acknowledged or recognized.
6.When one feels hurt because another individual is honoured or promoted
7. When you are fund of giving negative remarks about others.
8.If you are not able to forgive yourself for a wrong thing you have done
9 Anytime you compare yourself with another person, then pride is engulfing you.
10.If you find it hard to say,’ I am sorry’ , then pride has an upper hand over you.
11.When you never want to lose an argument
12.There are many more, yet the worst of all is unbelief in the word of God.
Please note, doubt is very different from unbelief. Doubt is the situation where one has not enough information about a thing and so is uncertain about the truth. Unbelief is a refusal to submit to the authority of the word of God. This is pride.
To free yourself from pride you must acknowledge that living is to glorify God. We do nothing for ourselves but to honour him with all that we do and we are. We are only important when we make Him very important.
THOUGHT: PRIDE IS A PATH TO DEATH, BECAUSE IT KICKS GOD OUT
Isaiah 23:9 (KJV). “The LORD of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth.”
Proverbs 29:23 (KJV). “A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.”