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Antidote To Pride

When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom. Proverbs 11:2 (NKJV)

I was talking with my good friend Tom recently and he asked me if there were any Scriptures he could share with his co-worker, to help him in dealing with his pride.  My friend Tom admitted he had dealt with this very issue of pride and so he wanted to help his friend, but was looking for some tools to assist him in helping.   Now there are many Scriptures dealing with pride, but as I thought about it I immediately thought about John 15:5 where Jesus says, “Apart from Me you can do nothing.” 

I told Tom to have his friend take out a blank sheet of paper and then to write down all the things he felt he could do well; his talents, abilities, and gifting—anything he felt he had a talent or great ability to do.  I then told Tom to tell his friend to take this list and throw it in the trashcan, and to take out another piece of paper.  This time don’t write anything on it.  I said, “This is what your friend can do without God—nothing.” 

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. John 15:5 (NKJV)

The fact is every good talent, gifting, or ability we possess is from God.  Even before we were saved, God gave us these abilities in preparation to use us for Kingdom work.  We get to decide whether we will allow God to use us or not, but we should never forget every ability if from Him and not of our own workings.  

I can’t think of anything more humbling than to reflect and meditate upon this truth, because it really gives the glory for every good thing to where the glory is due, and this is none other than to God alone. 

We need to be honest with ourselves and look truthfully into our own heart to see if there is any root of pride in our own abilities and ourselves.  C.S. Lewis called pride, “The Great Sin,” and said, “the trouble begins when you pass from thinking, ‘I have pleased him; all is well,’ to thinking ‘What a fine person I must be to have done it.”

The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate. Proverbs 8:13 (NKJV)

The antidote to pride is humility.  I believe we become humble when we understand our abilities apart from God.  When I realize truthfully I cannot do anything apart from Him I find it very easy to be humble. 

I want to encourage you to meditate upon this today.  Let’s choose to identify and realize every good gift is from our heavenly Father (Rom. 12:3; James 1:17). 

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what could we learn about pride?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you find yourself looking down upon others, or feeling better about yourself because they cannot do what you are able to do?

APPLICATION: Let’s choose to give God the glory for every good gift we possess, or every good deed we are apart of. 

Let’s Pray…

Father, thank You for the gifts You have given to us.  Father, we acknowledge You are the One who has given us these gifts and abilities and every good thing we do is because of You.  Help us to identify any area where we have allowed pride to creep into our lives.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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