We are bombarded in our culture with images of self empowerment and pleasure seeking fulfillment… even immoral behaviors prominently on display and accepted more than ever before. We get these sugar-coated messages through media propaganda, agendas about a sense of P R I D E that basically says; do what you want, do what feels good, who are we to judge – wrapped up in the pretty package called freedom. And yes, we do have free will and it’s a glorious thing. The danger lies in neglecting or rejecting the boundaries that GOD has designed in His goodness and divine order for things, and supplied for our protection from the earthly and eternally harmful consequences of sinful choices. Paul reminds us in Galatians 5:13 – not to use our liberty for the lusts of the flesh, but in love, serving one another.
Indeed, a biblical worldview maintains connection to GOD by faith and His plan for our lives. It is counter culture and that is why it is contrary to our sinful inclinations and human policies and man-made institutional philosophies… see the following scriptures in the warnings GOD gives about the pride of life… and the promise for following His plan….
1 John 2:15-17King James Version (KJV)
15 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.
16 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.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Are we falling for the lie… the deception of the world system?
Pride in our country, freedoms, politics – “we are better, best, bigger, stronger etc.”
Pride in our work, accomplishments
Pride in our causes, advocacy – fighting for “rights” by coercion / force / unconstitutional means.
Pride in tooting our own horn
Pride in wealth, status, acclaim & material possession
Pride in our children’s successes
Pride in the way we do things – comparison to others
Pride in relationships – he said, she said and the list goes on and on….
Romans 12:2 – And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
We should then ask ourselves… What is our motive? Where is our heart attitude? If those things above deny the power of GOD, His grace and His glory in any way in our life, we are deceived and trusting in ourselves. Beware of self-deception.
At the core, pride is about rejecting GOD’S authority and His best for our lives – rebellion turning away from the clear literal teachings of scripture because we want to do things our way – no thoughts about answering to anybody especially not GOD.
While, we may have good intentions – the core of it is about me, myself and I – or even the greater good. It concludes, “I will have my own way and I know better.” Self-will over God’s will.
It refuses to admit the need to obey our Savior’s commands first being subjected to higher authority because pride seeks selfish ambition, self fulfillment, self pleasures of this life. It often forgets or despises the eternal perspective and eternal repercussions.
Now, please don’t get the wrong impression about GOD – He wants to give us pleasures, fulfill promises forevermore! This is why we should trust in Christ and follow after Him and prepare for His blessed arrival. However, please understand the following – His ways are not our ways.
P R I D E can and often does put out a rather inflated sense of SELF if even, in our own mind and according to the Bible, that is precisely what cunningly deceives us and is thoroughly satanic in nature of which, ultimately harms our relationship with GOD and hurts others.
Indeed, we are all guilty of this heinous common sin – in fact, it’s at the root of many other sins we commit. Likewise, there are just about 100 verses in the Bible that speak to pride and all of them pertain to being destructive. Ouch!
We need God’s amazing GRACE! I’m grateful because we are not alone to fend for ourselves because the bible tells us exactly what to do with our issues and how to solve them. So, here are a few ways that I have learned in my own journey of faith as woman, wife and mom that has helped me learn to swallow my pride, trust GOD more, stay focused on Him and still rejoice in sufferings of this life:
- Cultivate Humility – Christ must first deliver you from spiritual blindness (become born again) – otherwise our good works are in vain because of our original sin. If you’re hearing God’s voice/Holy Spirit tug through this message / prompting your heart strings/conscience, respond by faith and humbly pray & repent (turn from sin/abhor it) recognize who you are before a Holy GOD and that He loves you and desires a prayerful relationship with you. Draw near to Christ and He draws near to you. You can be forgiven and free. Jesus died for us and lives so we could be redeemed in right relationship with Jesus! Then, remember GOD’S sweet grace and extend that to others, Stop holding grudges, forgive, give without conditions, let someone else go ahead of you without strings attached. (Proverbs is a great study guide)
- Be Teachable – The bible truth sets us free, look no further. Admit you’re needy, poor, wretched and naked before Christ and utterly dependent upon Him. We need the Holy Spirit’s leading and then we must agree with to apply, renewing our minds saying; I am willing to be corrected, I am willing to grow (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
- Read The Bible – Leave it out on the table, open it up – Believe the words, get grounded in it by taking time to pursue GOD through His Word alone or other biblical resources / studies / mentors. Armor up because the days are evil!
- Do What the Bible Says – Never deny Christ by actions/hypocrisy. Keep yourselves from idols. Overcome in Christ, Live by faith – faith comes by hearing and faith without works is dead – be on fire for Him, develop a daily routine of applying what you read in your relationships – GOD will often put unexpected tests of faith in our paths too (see also Romans 12)
- Serve Others – PRAY for other people – takes eyes off of self and onto Christ and others. Show compassion, extend a helping hand. We are reminded to deny self, take up our cross (be willing to suffer for righteousness sake) and follow Christ.(Luke 9:23)
THE KEY! As we see from the scripture image above, GOD is after our heart / spirit / soul (which is where our will, desires reside) – because it is sinfully wicked, we need our Savior Jesus / His Word / His authority to guide us daily otherwise, we fall prey to pride and He warns – destruction follows (Prov. 16:18).
Keep abiding in Christ – it’s the only way to make it into the eternal Heavenly Kingdom.