Pride: A Preseason for Sin
As apart of my ongoing sanctification and cleansing GOD has enlightened me to a new glaring blemish on the face staring back at me in the James 1 mirror. Though seemingly camouflaged from my own gaze, this mark of imperfection is easily spotted by both those who know me like family and those who could not tell you my first name alike. The infection in this vessel made for GOD's glory is better known as my pride. So without further delay here are 10 principles to overcoming pride in the life of a believer...
Defining, and understanding the enemy.
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall- Proverbs 16:18Pride is essentially thinking of ourselves more highly and more often than we ought to. It causes us to live in a false reality with false interpretations, unrealistic expectation as we reach in vain to become the deity of our lives that we do not deserve to be . It is in our heart that pride plays out an exhibition for how sin will be executed when it counts. It is the engine that drives our sin into action, shifting gears as it pulls our mind, heart and body further and further from the worship of GOD that each of these were meant for and towards ourselves. It distracts, it seeks, it destroys, it conquers and all this without a hint of remorse for the destruction in its wake. Don't agree with me? Well please allow me to demonstrate by handing the keyboard over to the very subject of this report and allowing it to assess the 10 commandments given to us by the GOD of all existence for our safety and joy.
1. Thou shall have no other GOD's before me.
That's fine, as long as you understand who's in charge here. Of course I mean Me.
2. You shall not make or worship any idols.
Listen I need to worship but I need a god to be more easily manipulated than the one of the Bible, I mean how else am I supposed to get what I want and need?
Identifying Pride's weaknesses
Game-planning for ApplicationAnd now time for the 10 principles... Honestly, I don't have them, all I can say is there is much wisdom to be gained in GOD's word, constant prayer and surrounding yourself with GOD loving people who will lovingly call you out when your being a maniacal pride-iac. We would like to think of our pride as a detachable prosthetic that we can remove with turn of a mechanism but honestly I've found mine to be more like a tumor in need of invasive surgery. It has taken moments of great pain and failure to recognize and remove it and the more I cut out the more THE HOLY SPIRIT reveals its existence in the inner most depths of my being. But I find my hope in this:
Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will,working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.- Hebrews 13:20-21
One day we who believe will be free.
by Chris Murray