“Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.”
The spirit of pride has to be the absolute king of all the negative and destructive qualities that can enter into our personalities – and no one is safe and immune from it. All Christians, young and old, saint or not, have got to keep a sharp eye on this negative quality, and do everything they can not to let this spirit get a foothold and grip into their personalities and mindsets.
This cancerous, lethal, and destructive quality, probably more than any other negative quality, has brought down more kingdoms, toppled more empires, caused more wars, destroyed more marriages, ruined more friendships, and led more criminals into our jail systems than all of the other negative qualities combined and put together. “Pride goes before destruction….”
Saddam Hussein, Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin and all the rest of the despotic and evil dictators who have ever ruled on this earth will all go down as major history lessons for all of us to see what pride, arrogance, and a haughty spirit can do to a person and his life.
The fall of Satan and all of these evil rulers in this world should serve as major examples of how deadly the spirit of pride can be, and how it can completely destroy a person and his life much the same way that an incurable cancer can invade and attack a person’s physical body. Once a cancer has spread too far into a human body where medical treatment can no longer stop it, the infected person will die shortly thereafter. It is the exact same way with the spirit of pride.
The danger of pride is not giving way for Christ to live in the human heart. Most sins, leave us beaten, depressed, scarred and in need of someone to rescue us from the pit of our condition. But pride cannot open its heart to The Holy Spirit because the person who is proud doesn’t feel that they need a savior.
Once pride starts to seep into someone’s personality to any significant degree – it has to be dealt with and neutralized with the help of the Holy Spirit. If it is not, then it will continue to grow and spread through that person’s personality and mindset.
From there, it will start to seep into their emotions, actions, and behaviors. And once this negative quality starts to manifest into their actions and behaviors, then their judgment will start to cloud. And once their sense of proper judgment starts to get cloudy, they will no longer be able to separate truth from error. The only truth they will be able to see is what they perceive the truth to be, not what God’s real truth is, or what anyone else may try to tell them what is right.
They eventually end up becoming their own god, thinking they have all of the answers to everything and that the entire world revolves around them and what they are trying to achieve and accomplish. They are no longer willing to be accountable to anyone else in their life, including God Himself.
They have forgotten and forsaken all of their true friends in this life. They have forgotten where they have come from, and they feel they no longer need any of God’s help or guidance to get them to where they are going. They are now totally self-sufficient and they think they can literally conquer the world through their own efforts and wisdom.
And then sooner or later it happens – they fall.
This scenario not only happens with rulers of different countries, but this same scenario also describes what happens to CEO’s of major companies, to managers, to supervisors, to foremen, pastors, and to anyone else in any type of leadership position. With any type of position of leadership comes power and authority, and with power and authority comes the possibility of pride and corruption.
All of this was a direct result of the spirit of pride and arrogance they had operating in their mindsets and how they thought about things. This is why the Bible tells us that we have to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. We have to learn how to develop right thinking in our thought process.
The first place the devil attacks us is our minds. The target is without a doubt our mind! Our mind is a part of our soul which also includes our emotions, senses and feelings and of course our will. It is the part of us which makes decisions. We need to protect our minds. This is where the enemy will hit us, because we can reach into the past through our memories and into the future through our imaginations. The bible says in James 1:16, “Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.”
So how do we over come pride?
The only way to over come pride is to submit to God, The Holy Spirit. 1 Peter 5:5-7 says, “Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
If you are struggling with Pride, Submit to God quickly. You will be broken until you acknowledge that the Most High God is sovereign over everything, including you.
Scripture of the day: “But when King Nebuchadnezzar’s heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory. He was driven away from people and given the mind of an animal; he lived with the wild donkeys and ate grass like cattle; and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he acknowledged that the Most High God was sovereign over the kingdoms of men and sets over them anyone he wishes.” ~ Daniel 5:20,21
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
The Living Word Ministries Inc.
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