When Pride Comes…

Ezekiel 28:2Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:”

The sin of pride existed before Creation. The Bible first mentions it in Lucifer.

Isaiah 14:12-14How 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.”

He tricked a third of the angels into following him in his rebellion against God. Jesus relates the judgment He saw Lucifer when cast out of Heaven. 

Luke 10:18And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.”

It is a sin that God hates.

Proverbs 8:13The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.”

There is a particular fruit that is evident when pride is present.

Shame

Proverbs 11:2When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.”

Contention

Proverbs 13:10Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.”

Foolish speaking

Proverbs 14:3In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.”

A haughty spirit – Having a high opinion of self and contempt for others.

Proverbs 16:18Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

Humbling and correction

Proverbs 29:23A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.”

The problem with pride is that we can only distinguish it by its fruit. It is subtle. It takes root in the soul of man when we feel unappreciated, unloved, and unnoticed. 

In today’s society, social media has magnified and intensified our focus on self. We get offended when someone ignores our posts or doesn’t ‘like’ us and our content.

Man’s three basic needs; to be loved, accepted, and secure, must be met for us to feel in balance in our life. Using social media to fill those needs is empty, unsatisfying, and unfulfilling. In our relationship with God, we can find all this and more.

As a child of God, I am loved.

Jeremiah 31:3The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”

I am accepted.

Ephesians 1:6To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

I am secure.

John 10:27-29My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

Pride seeks to sever the closeness of our relationship with our Heavenly Father.

It elevates our self-importance over what God tells us is essential.

It puts our needs before the needs of others.

Pride sets our wants and desires above that of any other (including God’s) and works to keep control of the situation to create our little kingdom over which we rule and reign.

When things don’t go our way, we complain to God and blame Him for the mishap. Instead of taking responsibility, pride shifts the blame to someone else to bear the brunt and accept the consequences of our bad decisions. 

The ‘victim mentality’ is alive and well in our society today. Pride will shift the blame instead of owning up to the choices we made.

When success comes, we push those deserving of praise aside and step in the light to receive the accolades. 

Pride thinks humility is weakness.

Pride shuns correction and seeks praise. 

Pride reveals itself at the most inopportune moment and hurts the most people in the process. 

Pride shouts, “What about me?!”

Pride gives way to anger, jealousy, and covetousness when we are disappointed over unmet expectations. 

Pride assumes the belief that we are above the law and are not subject to it.

Pride thinks others inferior. It assumes we are superior for reasons of race, creed, color, origin, birth, rank, and wealth. 

Pride causes division among the closest of friends and family. 

Pride will separate the church over such small insignificant issues, and the enemy laughs at our gullibility. 

Pride blinds us from seeing clearly to act rightly.

Matthew 7:5Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”

We must be ever-vigilant to expose our own hearts’ pride and ask others we trust to help us be accountable. Without a system of checks and balances, we will fall to pride every time.

We must know ourselves enough to check. But, as our hearts are deceitful and desperately wicked above all things, we need others to aid us in this life.

Find a true yoke-fellow to travel this journey with honesty, integrity, and trust that will be as the Word of God tells us.

Proverbs 27:17 “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”

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