Memorize: For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. 2 Cor. 10:3-4
Devotional Reading: Proverbs 16:1-20
The issue of pride is one that should be taken seriously due to the danger associated with it, many once successful and great people have been destroyed due to pride. What is pride?
Pride is a condition of the heart first demonstrated in Satan’s rebellion against God which brought destruction to Satan and made him lose his highly exalted position. Pride embodies defiance towards God, it is a commitment to exalt ourselves.
Pride is proof that we place a higher priority on our own desires than in pleasing God or obeying his Word.
One of the most troubling ways pride is expressed is through our appearance. A proud look, a haughty spirit, a defiant attitude. It shows that people are thinking of themselves better than others. Pride is harmful both to the one who exhibit pride and the offended, there is grave danger in pride, it is a silent destroyer.
The Bible makes it clear that God hates pride. Proverbs 8:13.
In fact, God promises to deal with pride in the lives and hearts of men and women, and nations.
He warned that all who are “proud and haughty” will be “brought low.” In the end, God Himself “alone shall be exalted.” Let us remember King Nebuchadnezzar. His pride became harmful to himself by incurring the wrath of God on himself, the same with king Herod in Acts 12:21-23; he was smote by the Angel of the Lord and was eaten of worms.
It can be easy to detect this kind of pride in others, but in reality, each of us can be guilty of this same sin, and these proud looks can bring to the surface the real condition of our hearts.
In every situation, the Bible urges us to follow the example of Jesus, who humbled Himself. And because of this humility, God exalted him; Philippians 2:7-11.
Whatever you have or become today, it is not by your power or might is it the Grace and mercy of God, you should consider it a privilege and not your right, therefore you must not oppress the poor or less fortunate with your wealth or high position. Appreciate God for His gift in your life, value others, show mercy and love, don’t oppress, or afflict your neighbour, remember where God has brought you from.
Anytime you see your ego about to puff up, be conscious and hold it down. Remember the story of the rich fool. This is not something we deal with once, for pride can arise, again and again. Even mature believers can find themselves focused on themselves. Drifting away from God.
1 Peter 5:5b; For God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble
In your life, ask God to help you recognise any pride in your heart and mind. Humble yourself before Him. Submit your life to Him. Worship Him. Allow God to take all the glory over your successes in life, it shall continue to be well with you in Jesus name.
Prayer point: O LORD, please remove pride far from me and help me remain humble in Jesus name.
Key Dose: It takes humility to be recognised and exalted by God.
Pastor James Ademuyiwa
In His Presence Christ Tabernacle