PRIDE* (by Janine Mick Wills)

Proud to be an American
Proud to be an American

A modicum of pride is “ok.” We can have a sense of pride in our country, our children, our church, and especially our God. But when pride becomes an overriding factor in the way we view ourselves and others, it becomes sin.

Satan is the author of pride.
Isaiah 14:12 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.

God hates man’s pride.
Proverbs 6:16, 17 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood…
Proverbs 16:5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

If a Christian is right with God, she will hate pride too.
Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

Prideful heart is sin.
Proverbs 21:4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.
1 John 2: 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

A source of pride comes from man’s rejection of God.
Psalm 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

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Only by pride cometh contention.

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

Another source of pride is the tongue.  (It is the end result of pride.)
Matthew 12:34  …for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
Proverbs 14:3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

Pride is one symptom of a reprobate mind.
Romans 1:28-30 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents…

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“I’m so ashamed!”

Pride brings shame to a person.
Proverbs 11:2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
Proverbs 29:23 A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

A prideful person will reap the fruit of his sin (Either from his own folly or from the direct punishment of the Lord).
Psalm 12:3 The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:
Psalm 101:5b …him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.
Proverbs 15:25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
Daniel 4:37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.
Matthew 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

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Pride destroys your relationship with God.

A prideful person cannot have a relationship with God.
Psalm 138:6 Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.
James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

We have nothing of which to boast.  Everything we have is from God.
Isaiah 10:15 Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood.
1 Corinthians 4:7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

Men going into the ministry should not be newly saved, lest they become prideful and sin.
1 Timothy 3:6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

Before the Rapture, man’s pride will become even more evident.
2 Timothy 3:1, 2 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy…

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Come to God as a little child.

God requires the humility of a little child in the matter of salvation.
Matthew 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

God will exalt a humble person, not a prideful one.
1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.

A Christian needs to confess his sin of pride.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

A Christian needs to put on the attributes of humbleness.
Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering.

The only kind of pride we should have is in the Lord.
Psalm 34:2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
Psalm 44:8 In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah.

If you have a problem with pride, first confess it to the Lord and then do a word search in the book of Proverbs. Ask God for His help as you strive to do the opposite of what the verses say pride is.

 

* The following has been modified from a counseling project I completed while attending Ambassador Baptist College. I pray it will help those struggling with pride. Some information taken from Walter and Trudy Fremont, Effective Christian Counselor (Bob Jones University Press, SC, 1991).

 

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