The Dangers of Pride

Growing up, pride always seemed to have a positive connotation—be proud of yourself, have pride in your country and in your work. Be proud of others’ good work and accomplishments. I know there is some good in these things.
The Word of God, however, warns us concerning pride. Pride can be deceptive and turn quickly into self-sufficiency, conceit and destruction. We may begin to think we are just fine without God’s headship and direction. Where did pride begin? We only have to look at the fall of Lucifer the worship archangel in Isaiah 14:12-15
How have you fallen from heaven, O light-bringer and daystar, son of the morning! How you have been cut down to the ground, you who weakened and laid low the nations (O blasphemous, satanic king of Babylon!) And you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit upon the mount of assembly in the uttermost north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol (Hades), to the innermost recesses of the pit (the region of the dead).”
Proverbs, a book of wisdom, has several verses warning us of the dangers and outcomes of pride:
“When swelling and pride come, then emptiness and shame come also, but with the humble (those who are lowly, who have been pruned or chiseled by trial and renounce self) are skillful and Godly wisdom and soundness. “
Proverbs 11:2
“By pride and insolence comes only contention, but with the well-advised is skillful and Godly wisdom.”
Proverbs 13:10
“Pride goes before a destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of a humble spirit
with the meek and poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.”
Proverbs 16:18-19
“A man’s pride will bring him low, but he who is of a humble spirit will obtain honor.”
Proverbs 29:23
In the New Testament, Paul gives Timothy guidelines for leaders:
“He must not be a new convert, or he may (develop a beclouded and stupid state of mind) as the result of pride (blinded by conceit, and) fall into the condemnation that the devil did.”
1 Timothy 3:6
Let’s realize the danger of our own thinking and our own ways. We can avoid these pitfalls by humbling ourselves before God and by letting Him lead us!
Pastor Laurie

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