“But He giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” (James 4:6)
I don’t know about you, but I need God’s grace. The Bible declares that God gives grace freely to humble people but that He opposes the prideful. All of us have experienced opposition in our lives. However, God’s opposition is a different sort. Imagine facing opposition in every venture you undertake. Your marriage will be difficult. Your children may be rebellious. Your career or business doesn’t take off the way you want. The resistance will eventually lead to frustration and anger. Perhaps pride is one of the reasons why some people aren’t experiencing the blessings they so desire. King Saul was prideful, and we know God resisted him.
Pride Is Worldly
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loveth the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 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.” (1 John 2:15-16)
Pride is so deadly because it loves the world and the things in the world. It seeks man's accolades instead of God's approval. We see this in our social media-driven society. People do all manner of activities for likes and follows. They experience more gratification over those likes and follows than they ever would over pleasing God. The Christian life isn't a popularity contest; it's a life of obedience and service to the Father. Jesus warned us in Matthew 6 about doing things only to be seen by people. God wants us to do things in secret but promises to reward us openly (Matthew 6:4).
No matter where you are in your Christian walk, you have to be on guard against pride. I believe everyone struggles in this area in one way or another. Some people are prideful in their appearance. Others are prideful in their careers or businesses. Some people have pride in the bank account balances. Others think their church, denomination, or pastor is better than others. Yes, pride can show up in a plethora of ways, and we need to be aware of them.
Pride is deadly because left unchecked, it will cause us to oppose God, ignore His judgments, warnings, and counsel, influence us to make ungodly decisions that will lead to our destruction. To help us combat pride, we should walk in humility, study the Bible, apply Biblical teachings, and seek a wise mentor who will tell us the truth when we're walking in pride.
Let us humble ourselves, let God use us for His kingdom and glory while giving all accolades to the Father.
A Prayer Against Pride in Your Life
Father, In Micah 6:8 You say, “O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Today we choose to walk humbly with You. Open our eyes to the sin of pride in our life. We choose to live by Your Holy Spirit and to follow Your lead. Help us to hear You clearly, for we do not want to walk by pride or self-sufficiency, we want to walk with You. In Jesus name, Amen
Aretha Grant serves her local church as a bible teacher and elder. She loves writing and is the author of Overcomer: 25 Keys to Walking Victoriously. Aretha resides in Hagerstown, MD with her husband and two youngest children. You can read Aretha’s blog at www.arethagrant.com.
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