Pride is a spirit. A bold spirit. One that makes us feel as if we are above everyone and everything else. We hear no advice – no voice but that of our own. We look down, not to extend help or support, but to criticize. Simply put, pride somehow makes us forget where we came from – rags to riches. Remember that person back then? You. Since you’ve found it easy to forget who you were, think about what you needed back then. Someone had to help you at one time. Remember? Don’t forget to remember. And be careful. Pride is a dangerous game.
Satan was all about the I. He was filled with it. He was kicked from heaven’s domain because of it. He wanted to be above God.
Consider the I…
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning, how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven; I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit (Isaiah 14:12-15 emphasis added).
What happened to humility? Do you know it all? Do you have it all together? You don’t. None of us do. Flawed. It’s not about you and yours. It truly isn’t. What makes you so special that you fail to appreciate the worth in others? It’s time to do a self-check. Is this you? You are beautiful, eloquent, with a lovely smile, and gifted among many. Yet, the pride you walk in blocks all of these wonderful attributes.
We must all be reminded to continue walking in the spirit of humility. Humility breeds favor, and the favor of God surpasses everything. Humility takes you places and open doors for you. Without humility, your good attributes are invisible. They are buried under a heap of pride. Rather than seeing your beauty, others are faced with your pride and arrogance. I heard someone once say, “Pride exalts itself, excluding others, and loves revenge.” Ugly!
It’s pretty interesting when you think about it. Everyone can perceive pride in us, but us. Pride is a heart issue. Pride is not easily detected, especially when we’re in denial. If we remain on our knees, God can show us what’s in our hearts. If we fail to fast and pray against this ugly spirit, it can affect our vision and cripple us from seeing reality. Pride becomes a stronghold, and strongholds are hard to eliminate from our lives. A true fight ensues…
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