Today We have a guest writer, who would wish to remain anonymous but let’s just call her Dee for now ( to my friends: please stop trying to guess because wonnim no hehe 😝) I remember when she sent me the post, the moment I saw the title my eyes opened wider in amazement because this was EXACTLY what the Holy Spirit was dealing with me on… Like they say and like she told me ; the spirit is one! “for through Him, we both have access to the Father by one Spirit” (Ephesians 2:18). I was really blessed by this post and I pray you’d be blessed too! Xoxo
PRIDE is one of the most hideous, yet elusive sins to deal with. This is because “all a person’s ways seem pure to them” (Proverbs 16: 2), for “the pride of your heart has deceived you” (Obadiah 1:3). It clouds our judgement and causes spiritual blindness. We need to prioritize overcoming our pride (through the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ only) because it blocks us from walking in the greater heights where God wants to take us. Remember also that it is the pride of Lucifer that got him thrown down from Heaven: “All your pomp has been brought down to the grave, along with the noise of your harps; maggots are spread out beneath you and worms cover you. How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend the heavens, I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High’. But you are brought down to the realm of the dead, to the depths of the pit.” (Isaiah 14:11-15).
In our society, boastfulness (& show-offs) is seen as the most conspicuous form of pride. But the most oblivious, yet very destructive forms include: anger, unforgiving, criticism, vanity, selfishness and unhealthy competition. We are often quick to refer to and condemn the pride and religiousness of the Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus’ time, but we Christians most often tend to act in the very same way, without even recognising it. This is the very reason why St. Paul cautions us “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. So if you think you’re standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” (1Corianthians 10:11-12). The attitude of judging and criticising people (especially within the same Body of Christ) for their misgivings, thinking that we’re immune from ever walking similar paths, often orchestrates our fall…massively!
For “pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18).
Insecurity, the desire to stay in control and gain recognition often triggers many Christians to walk in pride. They delight in the fall of another, and capitalize on that to look better. Pride and false humility makes us impatient, spiteful, vengeful and vindictive. This is certainly not the way of our Lord Jesus Christ; not him who left his majestic throne, and came down to humble himself for us, remaining obedient even to the point of death on a cross! And at His dying breath, how did he continue live in humility? Through forgiveness! He said: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34). Praise Jesus for that prayer! We grieve the Spirit of God when we walk in pride, because we “abandon the springs of living waters to drink from broken cisterns, which cannot hold water.”
We like St. John the Baptist, ought to let ” Christ increase, but we decrease” (John 3:30). In humbling ourselves before the Rock of Ages and Faithful Judge, like Moses did (Numbers 12:3), He would take on our heavy burdens, yokes, foes and deal with those who hurt us. He’s unchanged since the time when he defended Moses from Miriam and Aaron (Numbers 13:9-10). Jesus says, “believe in God, believe in Me also”. Pride however would put us in the shoes of Miriam, and remember that He “saves the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty” (Psalm 18:27).
In conclusion, we need to always remember that we are merely “clay in the potter’s hand” and humility will come into our life by all means. Either we willingly humble ourselves (through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ) before the Ancient of Days, the Mighty One of all ages so bestows on us “its wages of riches and honour and life” (Proverbs 22:4); or He in His own time, will humble you, aka shame you, for “when pride comes, then comes disgrace” (Proverbs 11:2).
I pray that, we as members of the Body of Christ will walk and serve in true humility, so “we cause growth of the body for the edifying of ourselves in love” (Ephesians 4:16b). Praise be “to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy- to the only God our saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forever!” Amen.
Daughter of THE King 🙂