Pride Is Poison
Pride seems to have its tentacles into almost every sin that men commit. It is amazing that believers and unbelievers alike are able to see pride in others but not in themselves. It is also amazing that we can all despise it in others but enjoy it in ourselves. Being accused of pride is just about the most resented accusation that can be made. It seems to be the most difficult sin to repent of and at the same time the most difficult sin to forgive in others. It seems to be more automatic and habitual for us than any other sin. It is the most difficult sin to recognize in ourselves and even more difficult to get rid of. When we don*t know why people dislike us it is most likely because of our pride. Pride has no interest in God or in others. It is probably the most selfish sin and yet we love to share in it with others.
Pride is the number one sin on God*s hate list.
Proverbs 6:16-19: These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Pride prevents God*s grace.
James 4:6: But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
Pride is probably the sin against which we are most helpless. It is the most secretive, the most complex and the most far-reaching sin. It separates us from God the quickest and the farthest and is the most dangerous sin. It does the most harm to oneself. It is the most mysterious, the most devious and the ugliest sin. It is the sin against which we need God*s help and wisdom the most.
Pride is always present in us until our salvation. God miraculously humbles us at our salvation moment and then pride quickly tries to reassert itself.
Pride was Satan*s first sin.
Isaiah 14:12-15: How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
Frightening Facts About Pride:
Psalms 10:4: The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
Psalms 10:2: The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.
Proverbs 11:2: When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
Proverbs 13:10: Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
Proverbs 14:3: In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
Proverbs 16:18: Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
Proverbs 29:23: A man*s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
Jeremiah 49:16: Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the LORD.
Obadiah 1:3: The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?
Zephaniah 2:9-10: Therefore as I live, saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, even the breeding of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess them. 10: This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of the LORD of hosts.
Psalms 73:5-6: They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men. 6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.
Jeremiah 50:31: Behold, I am against thee, O thou most proud, saith the Lord GOD of hosts: for thy day is come, the time that I will visit thee.
Jeremiah 50:32: And the most proud shall stumble and fall, and none shall raise him up: and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all round about him.
Daniel 5:20: But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him:
Unbelievers* Attitude Toward Pride:
Malachi 3:15: And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.
Believers Have Protection From The Pride Of Others:
Psalms 31:20: Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
Believers* Attitude Toward Pride:
Proverbs 8:13: The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
The Source Of Pride:
1 John 2:16: For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
Satan is called the God of this world, therefore he is the ultimate source of pride.
2 Corinthians 4:4: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Only God Has The Cure For Pride:
Daniel 4:37: Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.
God help us!!! We all have it!!! Only He can rid us of it!!!