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The Problem With Pride

All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the spirits. Commit your works to the LORD, And your thoughts will be established. Proverbs 16:3 (NKJV)

There is a song made popular by Frank Sinatra, titled, “My Way.” I think the last lines of the song can sum up our bad choices we tend to make when it says, “The record shows, I took the blows and did it my way.” 

When I trace back every dumb, hurtful or sinful thing I have ever done, I can see the common denominator of pride as a root cause — simply put, I did it my way. It is those times where I have followed the desires of my own flesh and chose to do things I felt like doing.  Eventually I would confess these things for what they were, and choose to repent. So why didn’t I immediately repent, or better yet, choose not to do those things when the Holy Spirit convicted me?  I find the answer to be pride.

Pride is a horrible thing and it is in every human being.  Pride is what brought Lucifer to depart from God’s grace and to become known as Satan. 

We see this pride being spoken of often within the Scriptures of the Bible. Proverbs 16:3 tells us, “All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,” which basically means, as humans, we tend to justify the things we do by the way we view certain things — we then tend to act based off of these views. There is willfulness within each of us, and it hinders us in submitting to God’s ways — the result is sin.  And the result of any sin — regardless of size — is spiritual death, and physical death as well.  

There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. Proverbs 16:25 (NKJV)

So how can we better make the proper choices when being faced with temptation?  By committing our works unto the Lord, knowing He will establish our thoughts (see Prov. 16:3).  We are told within the Book of Colossians, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”  And, “Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men” (Col. 3:17, 23). When we make it a point to commit everything we do as unto God, and not man, we will find ourselves thinking differently, and as a result, acting differently.  I have failed in this commitment, and I have seen many others fail as well.  I can give you three reasons why this happens.  

1. Superficial Commitment: In other words, we can say we are committing our work unto the Lord, but then turn around and choose to do it our way — rebuking the guidance of His Word and His Spirit to direct us, or not taking the time to pray every decision through.  

2. Giving God temporary control:  We can choose to give God control over our lives, or of a certain situation, only to take it back when we see things we don’t like or may be causing us to doubt, be anxious, or to fear. 

3. Lack of Action/Follow Through: We may say, “This is Yours Lord, I am submitting to Your will — whatever You want to do in my life is fine,” but we don’t take any action to do what He has told us to do — we don’t do our part. 

I want to encourage you to humbly submit to God’s will, and to go “His way” for everything in your life. Commit your works unto the Lord; seek Him in prayer and for His guidance through the reading of His Word. Now simply make the commitment to doing it His way.  Even when others don’t do what is right — choose to do your part and let God handle the rest.  

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to doing things our way versus God’s way?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you seeking the Lord in what you do? Are you doing everything as if you were doing it for Jesus?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Make a commitment today to do everything as if you were doing it for Jesus. Seek Him through prayer and through the reading of His Word for guidance.  

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for Your guidance and leading in my life. Thank You for showing me Your perfect will through Your Word. Help me to walk the path You have chosen for me today, and show me what You want us to do. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


May the Lord bless your day abundantly, Scott



Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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