Brothers | Closer | Pride
As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.” (James 4:6)
Pride was the first sin and God hates it. Lucifer, the chief archangel, grew proud in heaven and decided that his awesomeness should get the glory and worship God was receiving. So God cast his prideful self out and now, as Satan, pride is one of his favorite traps. Pride entangles us in a spiderweb of self-deception. It keeps us from drawing draw near to God, because God will not tolerate it. Pride gives us the heart of Lucifer, convincing us that we should be our own gods. Pride questions the character, the methods, and the goodness of God. It questions His right to rule over us and criticizes His puzzling ways.
But pride doesn’t always look like we think it does. Consider some of Pride’s masks: 1) It poses as humility, posting on social media, “I’m so ugly. No one loves me. #somebodytellmeImwonderful.” And what happens? Comments flood our newsfeeds about how great we are. 2) Pride refuses to accept the forgiveness of God. Even after receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior, pride insists: “God may forgive me, but I don’t forgive myself.” That means Jesus’ sacrifice was not sufficient to cover MY sin, so I must continue to carry shame. 3) Pride MUST have the last word. It states confidently: “I know what the Bible says, but…” 4) Pride redefines God, reinterprets the Bible, and reinvents reality, while hijacking a verse to make it look legit. All the while, God is seeking people willing to humble themselves, do what He says, and receive His favor (2 Chronicles 16:9).
Final Thought: If you feel that God is opposing you, maybe pride has a stranglehold on your life.
Prayer: Lord, search my heart and show me Pride’s hiding places. I know I’m blind to my own pride and the ways it is keeping me away from your favor. Please forgive me and teach me to humble myself before you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.