May 13, 2020
There is something more deadly than your worst enemy, more lethal than poison. And it is on front page display in our nation and often in our own lives.
Pride is the mother of all sins. The thought that I am the sum of everything … that I made things, achieved things on my own, have a right to honor and recognition, should be thought well of by others ... the list goes on and on. It’s all pride. And it’s all deadly.
Trace every sin in your life and you will quickly see it stems from pride. Proverbs gives a warning about this lethal sin.
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling. (Proverbs 16:18)
Watch a proud man: he may know a measure of success for a season, but his pride is always his downfall. Better is a man who recognizes that God is the source of every good and perfect gift and that apart from Him he can do nothing. This man will be spared from a fall.
Look through human history. Every proud man has fallen. God makes sure that this happens, because God will share His glory with no mere man. God literally resists the proud man (James 4:6), but promises to pour out grace on those who humble themselves under His mighty hand. Humility is the only way we enter the kingdom and the only way that we can approach God (see Matthew 5:3).
We would all do well to stop right now and ask God to reveal the groundwork of pride in our lives. Slowly, prayerfully walk through the list of questions below. What are you doing, thinking, expecting, longing for because of pride? Where is pride subtly creeping in?
Quickly admit your sin and confess your pride. Go all the way to the bottom. Nothing else will do. Meet with a trusted friend and ask them to help you see where pride is evident.
And remember: Humility is the beginning and fountain of both personal and corporate revival. A humble man knows that he is the creature and God is the Creator, and he understands the difference.
Father, I am filled with pride so often. Forgive me for thinking of myself more than You. For exalting myself more than you. For allowing this sin to go unrecognized. For giving such a poor witness before others. Show me my pride, Lord, and give me grace to repent. Do not let the foot of pride come upon me and continually, hourly teach me the path of humility.
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