"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."
(Proverbs 16:18 KJV)
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man."
(Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV)
Our Awesome God says many things about human pride. What is Pride? The Daniel Webster’ Dictionary provides six definitions. Let's look at three which show what we are looking for: First, "it is the quality or state of being proud, as in inordinate self-esteem or conceit, or a reasonable or justifiable self-respect or delight or elation arising from some act, possession, or relationship" (such as parental pride). Second, "pride is also defined as proud or disdainful behavior or treatment". A third definition is, "an ostentatious display."
Pride does many things to those who have it. But the worst thing it does is it shifts the focus from Our Awesome God to you. When pride comes in, you want all the attention on you and not on God. You really want everything to revolve around you, and you become self centered, abandoning your usual loving, Christian self.
You may condemn pride in someone else but usually there is something that will subtly cause you to become prideful. Possibly it is a job you felt you should have. It could be someone cutting in front of you in a long line. It might be a car poking a long ahead of you when you are already late. Or possibly just the injustice you may feel when someone has taken your reserved seat on an airplane or at a ball game. Are you proud of yourself for winning a game? Who made you?
Our Awesome God hates to see this happen to His people. God says, "The Lord will destroy the house of the proud..." Proverbs 15:25 KJV. Pride can creep in, and before you know it, you have forgotten all you have learned in God's Holy Bible. Don't let it take you over. The focus and reason for everything is God, who deserves all the praise, not us, for He creates and we do not. Keep your focus on Our Awesome God! Pride keeps you from admitting God did it through me. Not just me.
Learn more about Our Awesome God by reading His Holy Bible, praying to Him and worshipping in a church which preaches and teaches the Holy Bible. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and 10:30 AM for worship Service then again at 6:00 PM for Bible Study along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and Bible Study. First, it is time that you should know and love Our Awesome God as your creator and Savior. We can show you how from the Word of God and we love visitors.
Flo & Bill