23. Pride

The End Time Men
W.W. Fischer
Scriptures Referenced in This Chapter:
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Psa. 40:4 π Prov. 13:10 π Prov. 15:25 π Prov. 16:5 π Prov. 16:19 π Jer. 50:31 π Dan. 4:37

Pride is the basis of all sin. It is the complete anti-God state of mind. Pride promotes:

Pride caused Lucifer to fall from his angel status, prompted the Pharisees to kill Jesus, divided the body of Christ by promoting denominations and caused the Israelites in the Old Testament and many in the New Testament to rebel against God. Pride is the chief cause of misery in every family and nation since the world began.

Yet when God tries to refine us so the pride life in us can die out, we as Christians start rebuking the devil and start to cast down everything that exalts itself against the god of our life, pride. None of us realize the greatness of the original fall of man in the beginning and as a result we feel that the new birth makes everything righteous. However, we finally see the necessity of working out our salvation by fear and trembling, while God helps us root our out self-life, with its ugly sins and faults. It’s a job of a lifetime.

Pride promotes the attitude of refusing to accept other Christians. This pride distinguishes itself by saying we must please God, not men, and yet not to care at all for them is a symptom of pride. Many Christians promote pride by outwardly admitting they are “nothing,” yet because of their knowledge of Scripture they imagine they are better than most others. They are giving a false humility to God so they can stay on their pride trip.

The pride of the religious leaders of Jesus’ day prompted the rejection of Jesus and the acceptance of the murderer Barabbas. This decision has caused almost 2000 years of tribulation and anguish to God’s chosen people.

Pride rules even in the Christian Church world today, as we are exhorted to accept that our kingly status will bring us success and great authority when Christ-like humility shows that the power is totally from God and our status is one of being a servant.

Pride dies hard; it takes many devastating dealings of God, often an utter smashing of a person, to bring pride’s death. However, we are often taught that suffering is a result of lack of faith and so many Christians will not cooperate in letting pride die. And yet this evil attribute is destined to die, that the humility of Christ may rule. Evil forces will let you gain even new virtues of self-control and temperance, but will subtly promote the control of pride in your life. Pride comes directly from hell and is purely spiritual; it is the direct opposite of humility.

Humility is a God-given trait; pride is a devil-given trait.

“Everyone who is proud is an abomination to the Lord.” ( Prov. 16:5 )

“The Lord will destroy the house of the proud.” ( Prov. 15:25 )

“Respect not the proud.” ( Psa. 40:4 )

“Only by pride comes contention.” ( Prov. 13:10 )

“Behold, I am against you, O you most proud.” ( Jer. 50:31 )

“And those that walk in pride He is able to abase.” ( Dan. 4:37; top )

The Lord will not use a prideful Christian for long because He knows that when the time comes for the Christian to obey God in a situation that involves humility, his pride will rebel.

“Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the lowly than to divide the spoil with the proud.” ( Prov. 16:19; top )

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