If pride goes before destruction, where are you headed?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©

Pride goes before destruction,
a haughty spirit before a fall.
(Proverbs 16:18 (NIV))

Do you consider yourself to be a proud person?

You can take pride in your work. You can take pride in your family. You can take pride in your country. You can take pride in what God has blessed you with. However, there is a line that we must not cross when it comes to pride. When we allow pride to turn into conceit, we have gone too far.

When we become blatantly and disdainfully proud of our own accomplishments, then we have crossed the line. This line is characterized by personality traits that will not allow anyone or anything to be glorified above you. Does this sound familiar? This is the very sin that caused Satan to rebel against God. A haughty spirit rules the very heart, mind and soul of the one who possesses it. Nothing else matters except the person who possesses it, and just like the fall of Satan from his elevated position in heaven, all will be brought down.

Don’t get me wrong. It is okay to take pride in things, but don’t let it make you a proud person. A proud person will not admit that anything they do is wrong or less than perfect.

Humility is a fantastic counter balance to avoid becoming proud. Humility softens the spirit so that it does not become arrogant. The best way to exercise humility is by spending time with God and earnestly seeking His face.

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
(James 4:10 (NIV))

Be still, and know that I am God;
(Psalm 46:10a (NIV))

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
(2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV))

Pride and humility are interesting opposites. God created us as equals – we are all children of God. Pride exalts us above the others whom god loves. Humility allows us to realize that we are no better than anyone else. Most of us fall somewhere in the middle on most occasions. We must each strive to spend less time being proud and more time being humble so that we may know the very heart of God.

On which end of the spectrum do you reside?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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