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PRIDEFUL

"Pride goeth before destruction, and a haught spirit before a fall."

Lucifer contemplates his rebellion in front of the serpent in the Garden of Eden.

Pride is the epitome of all sins, and in a sense, every single sin is a sin of pride. What is pride? Pride is making more of oneself than he should. Pride is thinking more of oneself than he ought. Pride is setting oneself up above your mate, your parents, your friends… even above God. Pride is worshipping oneself. Pride is the absence of humility. A prideful person will give no thought to his neighbor when tempted to steal from his neighbor. A prideful person will give no thought to his neighbor’s wife when he is tempted to commit adultery with his neighbor’s wife. A prideful person says to himself that he has no need of divine guidance and aid. A prideful person will give no thought to his Maker when tempted to grieve His majesty and reproach His authority with yet another sin against Him. A prideful person will refuse to humble himself when he sees that he is in error, and will be stubborn and obstinate when corrected for sin or for mistake.

Lucifer was a great and holy angel of God at one time. He actually had the duty of guarding the upper part of the throne of the Almighty God. He was also a musician. But one day he said in his heart, “I will be my own God”, and for this sin of PRIDE he was kicked out of heaven. He would no longer submit unto the true God, but lived as if he were his own ruler, his own king, his own master. This is pride.

If you are guilty of pride, you are a “child of the devil”. You are just like Satan, an obstinate rebel. A prideful man is as worthy of hell as the devil himself! If you are guilty of pride, you are moral scum - utterly wretched and vile. You must see this if there is any hope for you. You must come to grips with the fact that you have set yourself up as your own deity and have rejected God’s authority and have become His bitter enemy. Even if you reject it in theory, in practice you act as if all the world, and even God Himself, should submit unto you rather than you humbling yourself and submitting unto God, and in meekness esteem others better than yourself. Unless you repent, HELL is going to be your eternal home.

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?

Psalm 10: The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined. The wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth. The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. His ways are always grievous; Thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them. He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity. His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity… Break thou the arm of the wicked and evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none. The Lord is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of the land. Lord, thou has heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heareth, thou wilt cause Thine ear to hear…

Proverbs 16:18-19: Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better is it to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Proverbs 29:23: A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

Mark 7:20-23: That which cometh out of a man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness (or lust), an evil eye, blasphemy, PRIDE, foolishness: All these things come from within, and defile the man.

Philippians 2:3-8: Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

I John 2:15-17: Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love 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. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.

James 4:6: God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.

YOUR ONLY HOPE!

Humble yourself before your Maker today! Acknowledge that you are just a worm in His sight, compared to His majesty. Acknowledge that He is worthy to rule over you for all of your life, and submit unto Him. Do His will. Worship Him forever!

 



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