2 Chronicles 25:19 “Thou sayest, Lo, thou hast smitten the Edomites; and thine heart lifteth thee up to boast: abide now at home; why shouldest thou meddle to thine hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou, and Judah with thee?”
Pride in my country fosters patriotism.
Pride in my work fosters integrity.
Pride, when focused on self, negates any integrity and value I may have had as a person and the work I’ve done. Pride consumes a good testimony and leaves a bitter taste of self-promotion. Pride pushes us into the light of glory only reserved for God.
Pride is a silent killer that creeps in; disguised as lack of appreciation, improper view of self worth, a sense of entitlement, and creates a belief that we deserve more than we are getting now. Good works will be negated when we cry, “Hey, look at what I did!” or “I am doing more than most!” or “I can do it better than anyone around here.”
The most insidious part of pride is that we do not know that we are caught in its snare until we see the fruit of it.
Proverbs 13:10 “Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.”
Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”
Proverbs 29:3 “A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.”
Pride takes our focus off of God as we saunter into the spotlight.
Psalms 10:4 “The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.”
The wake of destruction; the shame and contention that come with pride can fuel our pride if not dealt with properly.
I have seen many a person trying to advance themselves in both the corporate and church realm. I have seen some step on, deceitfully use and abuse others for their own career, and advancement only to be taken in some sin that ruins their ministry and their testimony.
I have seen ministries that have sought to be a blessing by sharing how God has used them to reach others, only to have grown an elitist pride among its ranks that hindered what God sought to use to win hundreds and possibly thousands to Christ.
Steve Curington, founder of Reformers Unanimous, now RU Recovery, said this:
“New levels, new devils”
Lucifer; the devil; Satan; and the father of all lies, has, at his core, fostered the sin of pride and rocked Heaven with the results when it was exposed.
Isaiah 14:12-15 “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”
Pride puts our will above that of God’s. It may creep in as a thought to do something good. But and if what we think and do is not what God wants for us, it becomes a prideful display and not a lovingly offered gift of service.
As a ministry leader, I have had to deal with people that enter a ministry desiring to serve, only to find they really only wanted position, recognition and appreciation. At times, the work of God is not often one that people recognize and appreciate. Humble service without wanting accolades, or our name on a plaque is not popular.
I have come to realize that in dealing with my own pride, I have to constantly and continually humble myself before God and ask for His leading; how He would handle a situation or circumstance. Often, I am blinded to God’s perspective because I do not readily see it or seek it.
As you and I grow in the Lord, we reach new levels of wisdom and knowledge; new levels of who we reach and our sphere of influence expands. God allows us to be tested and our enemy comes against us to ruin any growth, any advancement, any victory we may have been given. I have been made to remember that the giving of wisdom and knowledge; the growth or people God gives to reach, was done so in obedience to His will and in submission to His leading.
Essentially, God accomplishing all through me. Because God allows us to work with Him, we get to see His love, His attributes, His character in action.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
God has works for us to do today, tomorrow and the rest of our lives here on this earth. He set them in place before you and I were ever born. So, wouldn’t it make sense to get with the One who has the plan and get the blueprints for the day before we ever begin?
God knows what I have to do to accomplish His will. He knows what you and I will face in opposition to that plan. He has prepared for us the power, the provision and the protection needed for us to be more than conquerors.
We must leave off the pride of wanting to do God’s will our way and humbly ask what He would like us to do. Beloved, seek Him yet today and find what it is He has already planned for you and I to do.
We will never find a greater peace; a greater joy than doing what we have already been ordained by God to do.