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Pride Goes Before Destruction
2/26/2016

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 1 John 2:15-16 (NKJV)

Long before Adam encountered the temptation to sin in the Garden of Eden, the war was well underway between God and Satan. It started with Lucifer (Satan) exalting himself in PRIDE above God—it is what is known as the 5 “I’s” of Satan…we see this in Isa. 14:12-14—

“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!  How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart:  “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Isaiah 14:12-14 (NKJV)

All throughout the Old and New Testaments, we see many examples of men who chose to be stiff-necked in their pride. Kings, Pharaohs, and even the religious elite attempted to stand toe-to-toe with God—rebuking His will for their lives, all because of pride.  We could read these stories and criticize these prideful men, but in reality, we all suffer from pride in our flesh.  Pride insists on doing things its way; it is the very foundation of every sin, and we are warned of the inevitable consequences.

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

God’s ultimate will is for every man to be restored from their bondage to sin; to know and accept His truth, and to surrender their life and choose to live in holiness, with a complete dedication to Jesus as their Lord.  Those people whose hearts are stubbornly filled with pride will usually exhibit a pattern of—

·      Dishonoring God’s message, or the messenger

·      Doubting God’s truth

·      A willful disobedience to God’s will

When it comes right down to it, we must be humble and acknowledge our sin, as well as our need to be forgiven. Only then will God heal us. 

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time 1 Peter 5:6 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to think and pray upon these truths. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures in this devotional, what can we learn about pride?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you see areas in your life where the enemy is tempting you to be prideful?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Be willing to ask God to show you any areas in your life where you are allowing pride to creep in.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for showing me Your truth. Thank You for giving me so many examples of how pride can destroy my life, and me very soul. Help me to see clearly any area within my life where I have allowed pride to creep in.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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