Monday, April 4, 2016

April 5, 2016

"In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God." Psalm 10:4

You know pride is destructive. You know it is number one on the list of seven deadliest sins. You know your preacher preached against it and your parents punished you for it. But do you know WHY pride is such a deadly sin?

This Psalm gives some insights into the danger of nurturing pride in your spirit. If you don't kill it it will certainly kill you!

Pride fills you with conceit.

Conceit is a vain and misplaced confidence in yourself. Conceit is a manifestation of pride.

Conceit is expressed in an attitude of arrogance.

A conceited person who is filled with pride and vanity has no room in his life for God. In fact, he is convinced he doesn't need God and may believe he is like God.

Pride fills you with contempt.

When you seek to make life all about your selfish interest, everyone else poses a threat to you. So rather than than desire others you detest them.

Pride fills you with control.

Evidence of a proud spirit is the notion that you can (and need to) control your life. If you are conceited enough to want to be God you will need to be in control of your life.

How can you support you illusion (delusion) of being God if you can't control your own life and environment?

You can't and you know it so you gravitate toward people you can control. The illusion of control feeds the pride and conceit in your heart.

Pride fills your center. 

When pride rules your life it fills you from the inside out and leaves no room for God and little to no room for others.

As my mother says, "A person wrapped up in himself makes a very small package."

Pride is a delusion that distorts your vision and your value system.

Pride closes you in and closes everyone else out.

You better learn to kill your pride before your pride kills you!

April 4, 2016

"In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God." Psalm 10:4

C. S. Lewis sized up the seriousness of the pride problem when he wrote, "Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness...are mere fleabites in comparison...Pride leads to every other vice." 

Sin found it's origins in Lucifer's prideful statement, "I will be like the Most High."

So powerful was this delusion that one-third of the angels in heaven succumbed to pride as well and were cast out of heaven.

Pride was at the root of Adam and Eve's disobedient decision and became the essence of the sinful nature.

Pride was at the root of the world's first murder when it turned brother against brother.

Pride exalts itself above God.

Pride exempts itself from authority.

Pride sets itself in the center of life's orbit.

Pride seeks to control it's universe.

Pride is a lie and the father of all lies.

Pride closes you in and closes others out.

Pride closes you in and closes God out.

Pride will kill you if you don't kill it.

Pride is easily recognized in others.

Pride is practically impossible to detect in yourself.

Here are three serious questions to ponder today and throughout the week.

How does pride manifest itself in your life?

How does pride masquerade itself in your life?

How long will you allow it to control your life?