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Pride
2/6/2014

Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him. Matthew 26:14-16 (NKJV)

There is a song by the singer/songwriter Van Morrison titled, “They Sold Me Out.”  It is a song about Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus’ twelve disciples selling Him out for thirty pieces of silver given to him by the Pharisees. 

Q:         Why would the religious leaders and one of Jesus’ disciples want to betray Him and see Him killed?

Pride!

Both the Pharisees and Judas were very prideful, and Jesus had just recently openly rebuked both of them for doing improper things in the name of God.  Judas was rebuked when he had spoken negatively to Mary after she poured out a jar of expensive perfume upon Jesus in an act of worship (John 12:4-5).  The Pharisees were openly rebuked by Jesus and corrected for their sins and even called, “hypocrites” (Mt. 23:13). 

These people were looking for the Messiah – but they were looking for someone who fit into their own man made image and concept of what they felt a messiah should look and act like.  When Jesus didn’t fit into their preconceived mold and then chose to confront them in their sin, they then became enraged and attacked Him.

We can find ourselves caught up in this same type of pride when others confront us for our improper actions.  It can be very frustrating when another person verbally questions our lifestyle—simply pointing out how it doesn’t line up with what the scriptures clearly teach.  We can find ourselves responding by attacking, or becoming bitter towards them.  When this happens, we bring shame upon ourselves, and we give the enemy cause to blaspheme God.

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

When someone holds us accountable.  We must ask ourselves,

Q:         Is there merit in their words—am I doing what they are claiming? 

Q:         Are my actions in line with God’s Word, or am I in error?

Hear me in this—the person holding us accountable may be in error as well if they are not doing it in love (Gal. 6:1), but this doesn’t negate our responsibility to submit to the truth.  We must be willing to examine the facts and adjust our way of thinking.  Our lifestyle should always line up with what God has outlined, and what we already know to be true in our hearts. 

Each of us will at some point be tempted to respond in pride, it’s the nature of our flesh.  Pride is one of the more sneaky sins to find refuge in our mortal bodies, and it can make us do some crazy stuff.  Sure, it can be frustrating when someone is holding us accountable—even if it is done in love.  But this is no excuse for us not to get it right with God.  Anything less is selling out!  It might not be thirty pieces of silver, but whatever it is, it isn’t worth it.

Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Prov. 16:18 (NKJV)

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

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself frustrated at someone who has confronted you about something you were doing wrong?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:  Let’s be willing to look at ourself to see if there is anything we need to confess and repent of when being confronted.  Let’s not allow the enemy to get a foothold in our life because of pride—let’s confess anything sinful and repent immediately.  God will restore us and guide us right back onto the proper path.

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for Your love and accountability.  Show us the areas of our life where we need to get right with You.  We pray for You to open our eyes to our transgressions when being confronted by another person.  Help us to get past who is holding us accountable.  We pray for Your strength to keep us from defending our sin by blame shifting or pointing out sin in their life. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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