Pride

Isaiah 14:12-14. “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations! But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north.  ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’

Jeremiah 9:23-24. Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises loving kindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.

1 Peter5:5-6   You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.  Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,

 

I remember as a child being taught that pride in myself, and my accomplishments, was a good thing. I could accomplish anything I wanted to, just do it. Well, hard honest work did pay off to some extent in this life, but not as I dreamed it would. I also noticed it didn’t work to well for all those that gave me that philosophy.  But later in life as I became aware of what God wanted, I found it was completely  opposite of what I learned earlier. Reading the Word of God, I was made aware pride was a sin, and probably caused more trouble in the world than anything. I am not a psychologist or anything like that, but I believe pride is brought to  the surface in me by other evil thoughts in my heart. I believe many spiritual issues, plus self- deceit helped motivate me to toot my own horn on occasion. The only one I should boast about is the Lord; that is what he wants – He wants me to humble myself to Him. When I do things go well, when I don’t things go bad. Satan the originator of the sin of pride, learned that lesson even before he tempted Adam and Eve in the garden, they learned the lesson the hard way also, and the whole universe is paying for it, including me. I know it is going to be God’s way, and there is nothing any one can do about it. Anything not done His way could lead to eternal disaster. I am either God’s man, or Satan’s man. There is no in between. Thank God, I made my decision to do it God’s way a long time ago. Based on the Word of God I know I have the Holy Spirit in me and I thank the Lord for that. It is long and narrow road to perfection  in Christ, and I am so glad He is there to convict me of my occasional sin and get me back on the right path. Like Peter did, every once in a while not thinking properly, assist Satan in His work, but thanks to our gracious and merciful Lord, we will still be with Jesus in heaven.

Matthew 16:23  But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”