Pride Always Comes Before a Fall!
There is without a doubt a tremendous danger in pride. I have learned over the years that if I become prideful, the Lord allows me to get back in line so that I can learn from it, and not let that pride cause damage to you and me.
Sometimes people like me have to learn the hard way, unfortunately! Those who think they can stand on their own without God will sooner or later realize that they are mistaken, there is a danger in pride! We all have pride in us, and our job is not to let it take over the driver’s seat!
There is a healthy type of pride which encourages us to do our very best like when we do a job at work, or do homework at school, that type of pride is not what I am referring to. I am referring to a pride that puffs up our ego (is a wonderful acronym for ego = East God Out = Pride).
I like what is says in Psalm 139:23-24 which goes like this, “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” ~ Bill Greguska
Five Ways Pride Can Work Against Us in Our Life Today:
1. Being a Fault Finders
Pride is not a team player, and it will eventually in time destroy whatever plans you might have made. Pride has a way of filtering out the evil we see in ourselves; it also filters out God’s greatness in others. We focus on other people’s faults. When I’m reading or hearing something that is meant to point out things in myself, I tend to think of the people who “really need to know or understand this.” Those who are spiritually proud finding fault with others. The humble person has so much to do with the imperfection of their own that they are not concerned with other people’s mistakes.
2. Being Aggressive
Individuals who have the disease of pride in their hearts speak of others’ sins with irritation, frustration, or judgment. The sin is inside of us found in the belittling of the struggles of others. It’s present in our jokes about the weird things of our spouse. It may even be hovering in the prayers we share with our friends that we make public to others.
3. Being Superficial
When pride lives in our hearts, we’re far more concerned with others’ perceptions of us than the reality of our hearts. We fight the sins that have an impact on how others view us, and we close our eyes to the ones that we have managed to keep secret. We have great success in the areas of holiness that have highly visible accountability, but little concern for the disciplines that we do in secret.
4. Being Defensive
Those who are protected by God’s armor will find a secure hiding place from the attacks of men and Satan alike. Real humility is not taken off-balance and put into a defensive mode by a challenge or a rebuke but instead continues in doing good, entrusting himself to our true Lord and Creator. For the humble Christian, the more others are against him, the more silent and still he will be, unless it is in his private prayer time, and there he will not be quiet, but beg God to help him.
5. Desperation for Attention
Pride boiled down to the simplest terms just a simple hungry for attention, respect, and worship in all its forms. Maybe it sounds like innocent boasting about ourselves. Maybe it’s unable to say “no” to anyone because we have a very strong desire to be needed. Maybe it looks like obsessively thirsting for marriage or dreaming about a better marriage because you’re obviously hungry to be adored. Maybe it looks like being haunted by your desire for the right car or the right house or the right title at work: all because you seek the applaud that comes from men, instead of God.
Pride Comes Before a Fall Every Time!
Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man… It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition is gone, pride is gone. ~ C.S. Lewis
Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
God must be first, and I must be second.
Pride is the thing that most likely will keep you from a close relationship with God. Those of us who think we are well will usually do not look for a doctor.
Thinking too highly is easy for others to spot out, but not so easy to see in ourselves. It affects our vision, causing us to see ourselves through a lens that colors and distorts the real truth. It can make us believe almost anything.
Even the times once in a while when I pat myself on the back for how well I am doing should make us concerned; we always need to know that God is the one behind anything that we think that we did well. I need to search my heart and ask God to deliver me from any and all types of sin. Learn about the many ways it can sneak up in our lives if we are not careful by using the armor of God.
Related Pages of Encouragement:
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Ten People Who Allowed Pride to Get the Best of Them!
A Reason Why Shouldn’t You Celebrate Too Soon?
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Pride is pleasure arising from a man’s thinking too highly of himself. ~ Baruch Spinoza
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.