The Idols of Me, Myself, and I


pride

Romans 12:3

“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”

Recently, God has been talking to me about the idols in my life (see previous posts). A few days ago I was convicted again. A Christian radio program[i] discussed how we often put too much emphasis on ourselves – with ourselves becoming an idol in our own life. (I don’t remember the exact words, I was driving.) I felt an immediate conviction.  My life has often been about my three best friends: me, myself, and I.

Exodus 20:3

“You shall have no other gods before (or besides) me.”

It seems like a simple, straight forward command. Why then is it so difficult to put God first and love God purely? I think the answer comes down to pride. Pride is the first sin – Lucifer fell due to his pride (Isaiah 14:13).

Pride is subtle and it permeates so many areas of our lives. Pride means we are focused on ourselves. This can take on many forms. Pride can be arrogance, and thinking too highly of yourself or that you are better than others. It’s easy to recognize that attitude as pride. There are many other areas in which we a prideful but we may not be aware of those prideful thoughts. Self-pity for example; we are still focused on ourselves and not God. How about not being thankful, or forgiving? What about always needing to be the center of attention? What about being unwilling to learn (because you think you know it all)? Refusing to admit when you are wrong? Being disrespectful, or even sarcastic? Being impatient? What about jealousy? Seems to me that I am prideful in many areas of my life.

Proverbs 16:5

The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.

So how do we get past pride?

The first step many view God as God. We are not God. We know that intellectually, but we must not know it in our heart because we act in prideful ways. Remember that God’s ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). He is the creator (Job 38:4). He’s done so much that we cannot do.

The second step may be to remember that God is the provider of everything we have. We would not have what we have if God did not create us with our unique talents and personality (Psalm 139:13).

1 Corinthians 4:7

For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?

Being thankful, truly thankful for everything you have (1 Thessalonians 5:18) might be the third step. Next, admit to God how prideful we are. In prayer, ask The Lord to humble our spirit. God cannot use us if we are prideful, but a God can use a humble person.

Matthew 23:11

The greatest among you will be your servant.

I am praying also for a servant’s heart, and to accept the correction and discipline of God. I’m praying for God to lead me to humility.

Proverbs 12:1

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.

I’m praying for God to help me conquer the pride in my life.

 

Blessings on your day.

 

Scripture: Biblegateway.com

Image: Google Images

 

[i] Charles Stanley, InTouch

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The Sin of Pride


I thank my friend Tim, who is a member of my Sunday School Class, for inspiring today’s post. May God bless you and heal you, and bring peace to you and your family. 

The Sin of Pride

What is the “worst” sin? Our answer to this question might be murder, or homosexuality. We can always turn to Scripture to find the answer. 

Proverbs 6:16-19 (GNT)

There are seven things that the Lord hates and cannot tolerate:

A proud look,

a lying tongue,

hands that kill innocent people,

a mind that thinks up wicked plans,

feet that hurry off to do evil,

a witness who tells one lie after another,

and someone who stirs up trouble among friends. 

Notice the first sin on the list is a proud look. We take pride in many things; our appearance, our education, our jobs, our homes, our families, our religion, and our political affiliation. We think we are doing good, and we think we can do so much for ourselves and others. Sometimes we even give some of the glory to God, but yet we still take some of the credit ourselves.  We must always remember that every good and perfect gift is from God (James 1:17), that includes the talents He has given us to accomplish great things.

Pride is deadly. Pride is the sin of Lucifer that turned him into Satan. Pride is the sin that caused the Pharisees to reject Jesus as their Messiah. Pride can fool us into thinking we are more than we are. 

Today was communion Sunday in our church. This is an important time for self-examination. The Scriptures help us with this process. If we stop to consider our terrible our sin is, and the price it cost our Lord to pay our sin debt, how could we ever be proud of ourselves? Yet we often are.

When  we are tempted to become prideful, let us remember the words of the apostle Paul:

1 Corinthians 1:31 (NIV)

Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” 

Regularly, we should ask the Lord to reveal to us this sin in our hearts, as we pray for humility.

James 4:6 (GNT)

But the grace that God gives is even stronger. As the scripture says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” 

Scripture helps us keep pride from worming its way into our lives, if we will heed God’s warning:

In 2 Chronicles 26, after King Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense. He was stricken with leprosy.

 Proverbs 16:18 (NIV)

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. 

Isaiah 2:11 (NIV)

The eyes of the arrogant will be humbled and human pride brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day. 

Humility is often seen as a weakness. Actually, humility is recognizing God’s power in our lives. It is about gratitude to God. For everything.

Walk In His Light.

* Scripture taken from http://www.Biblegateway.com