PRIDE COMES BEFORE A FALL.
(Jer 50:29-32, Prov 16:5,18; 29:23; Dan 5:20)
MEMORY VERSE: But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory. (Dan 5:20 NIV).
The spirit of pride is one out of many kinds of negative and destructive traits that can enter into our lives. The thing is; no one is safe or immune to it.
Therefore, all Christians, young and old, need to keep a sharp eye on this negative character, and do everything possible not to let this spirit get a foothold in our lives.
God does not have a problem with our being Happy about our accomplishments, however, as it is with anything else that may start out good, there is always the danger of possible excesses. What starts out as a simple joy can start to grow into something much more deadly, if not properly handled.
One of the fruit of the Spirit is self-control. Not only will a person need to use self-control to help keep a proper grip on pride from getting out of hand, but he will also need the help of the Holy Spirit to help them keep proper control.
This is especially important for those who are called by God to work in any position of leadership. Proverbs 16:18 states that: “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Here you see two key words “pride” and “haughty.”
Several of the different Bible Dictionaries describe “pride” as:
1. An unduly high opinion of oneself
2. A domineering spirit
3. Exaggerated self-esteem, conceit
4. A puffed up and inflated ego
5. Boasting – A conceited sense of one’s superiority.
What gets some Christians into major trouble with God is to fall into these categories. Therefore, what can start out as a humble, justified, and reasonable kind of self-respect for one’s self and accomplishments can quickly deteriorate and turn into pride where one starts to lose all sense of who they really are in the Lord.
The word “haughty.”
Here is what the Bible Dictionaries have to say about this negative quality:
1. A prideful attitude and disregard for others
2. Lack of respect for others
3. Conceited, arrogant, superior attitude
4. An egotistical Spirit.
Haughty behavior resulting from arrogance.
As we see in Scripture, the Lord uses some very intense and strong language when describing this negative quality. Not only does God call pride an actual sin in His sight, but He goes one step further and calls it an actual abomination!
Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord(Proverbs 16:5).
Once pride starts to seep into someone’s personality, it has to be dealt with and neutralized with the help of the Holy Spirit. If it is not, then it will continue to grow and spread through that person’s personality and mindset.
From there, it will start to seep into their emotions, actions, and behaviors. And once this negative quality starts to manifest into their actions and behaviors, then their judgment will start to get clouded, and they will no longer be able to separate truth from error.
Eventually they end up becoming their own little god, thinking they have answers to everything and that the entire world revolves around them and what they are trying to achieve and accomplish. They are no longer willing to be accountable to anyone else in their life, including God Himself. Their inflated sense of pride and ego; their pompous, arrogant, conceited, bossy, “know-it-all” attitudes convinces them that they are smart enough to be in control of others.
The Word of God says:Let no one boast in men(1 Corinthians 3:21). This is what happens to someone once the spirit of pride starts to enter into their person, they will start to seek after their own glory; where everything revolves around them and only them. Christians who fall into this type of pride trap will not only start to try and steal the glory from anyone else who may be attempting to compete with them – but they will also try and steal the glory that would only be due to God Himself! This is why the Bible tells us that we have to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. We have to learn how to develop right thinking in our thought pattern.
When God says that pride will come before a “fall” – He is giving all of us a major warning that some of these falls could end up being very severe. We need to stay humble and accountable in our walk with the Lord; if we do not we will have to pay with severe consequences. We are not to glory in ourselves or to any other men and women in this life – and we are not to glory in our own accomplishments, in our own strength, or in any of the riches and wealth that we may have acquired in this life. The only Person that we are to glory in is the Lord. Remember that with any type of position of leadership comes power and authority, and with power and authority comes the possibility of pride and corruption. THEREFORE, BEWARE!
PRAYER POINT: Dear Lord, help not to take glory to self in Jesus name.