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Pride is excessive belief in one’s own abilities, that interferes with the individual’s recognition of the grace of God. It has been called the sin from which all others arise.
“the love of one’s own excellence”
Sin Of Pride – Preoccupation With Self
The sin of pride is a preoccupation with self. It is thus very fitting that the middle letter in the word is “i.” Pride is all about “me, myself, and I.” So even as the word “pride” is centered upon an “i,” the sin itself is also centered upon “I.”
Two well know examples:
1) Lucifer’s fall, For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’
Satan’s enmity against God began with “I”. And so it is with us. If you are preoccupied with yourself, you are suffering from the sin of pride.
Ezekiel 28:17
Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty…
We all like our own opinions, but that can cause pride to be puffed up with in us. We even fight to get our opinion heard or agreed with.
Why do we argue? I know… I know… I am right…
pride can led to offense
2) “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men – extortionists, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”4
Pharisee = Jimmy Swaggart’s notes, a fundamentalist, who claimed to believe all the bible
Publican = Jimmy Swaggart’s notes a tax collector, referred to by Israel as a traitor & there by beyond salvation.
Pharisee – I am not like other men, I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.
How do we look at others.
Other thoughts about pride:
2 Kings 14:10
Thou hast indeed smitten Edom, and thine heart hath lifted thee up: glory of this, and tarry at home: for why shouldest thou meddle to thy hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou, and Judah with thee?
2 Kings 14:9-11 (in Context) 2 Kings 14 (Whole Chapter)
2 Chronicles 25:19
Thou sayest, Lo, thou hast smitten the Edomites; and thine heart lifteth thee up to boast: abide now at home; why shouldest thou meddle to thine hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou, and Judah with thee?
Meddle – Interfere in or busy oneself unduly with something that is not one’s concern, to touch or handle something without permission.
These men in 2 Kings and 2 Chron. we lifted up in pride.
Pride also causes you to hold on to your hurt
You do not have permission to hold on to your hurt…
We hold on to our pains. We look at others and say our pain is worse.
You have no right to hold on to something that the word of God says to let go of.
But he hurt me… But I was… This happened to me…
Why are you giving your pain more glory than God!!
Women beware the women’s lib movement can cause you to not receive what God has for you. I have my rights… I know what I am doing… I am just as good as him… I,I,I…
A lot of divorces can be stopped if the spouses would humble themselves and say they are sorry… or not always have to be right…
Pride can led to deception. (I know the bible…)
We must look to Jesus who humbled himself and died on the Cross for us. We must forgive and not let our hearts be puffed up in Pride.
Pride can cause you not to seek God: Psalms 10:4
Psa 10:2 The wicked 7563 in [his] pride 1346 doth persecute 1814 the poorNot just the physically poor, prideful people attack people they consider week. Pride causes one believer to believe that they need to be doing what the other believer in front of them is doing, ( they also believe they can do it better)
Be content where you are… God has a plan and purpose for you right where you are. He has called you for a specific task and He has you right where He wants you to be. He will lift you up in due time. If you will just hold fast to God, trust Him and follow him, He will bring you to the place He has for you…
Pride will cause you to stop having faith in what Christ has done for you at Calvary, because you are self sufficient, independent.
Lay aside your ways, your thoughts,… Only way to do that is…
Remember the process of sanctification, believe in the finished work of Christ, then the Holy Spirit will work in your life and then the outflow of that will be right living, right thinking,…
Today is a new day, start here, then tomorrow also is a new day, start here,… and again… do not let yesterdays hurts come over to today’s living.
Look to Christ, Look to what He has done for you at Calvary, let the power of the Holy Spirit work in you and let what God has always wanted for you to come into your life.
Pride can cause a person not to get saved…
Are you putting. “I” on the throne?
Pride is at the very top of the list of things God hates. “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren” (Proverbs 6:16-19).
David Wilkerson:
Christians also recognize pride in others because they may appear to be stuck up, self-centered, ambitious and high-minded. But few Christians would consider themselves proud.
Pride is independence – humility is dependence. Pride is an unwillingness to wait for God to act in His own time and in His own way. Pride rushes in to take matters into its own hands. One of the greatest temptations true Christians face is getting ahead of God. It is acting without a clear mandate from God. It is taking things into our own hands when it appears that God is not working fast enough. It is impatience.
The Cross Represents the death of all my own plans, all my own ideas, my own desires, my own hopes and dreams. It is most of all the absolute death of my own will. This is true humility. Humility is associated only with the Cross. “He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death at the cross. (Philippians 2:7-8). He had told His disciples, “My meat, My fulfillment in life, is to do the will of Him who sent me (John 4:34). He said “I can of mine own self do nothing: As I hear, I judge…” (John 5:30). In other words, I refuse to take matters into my own hands. I wait to hear every direction from my Father!, He who is the Light, absolute intelligence, knowing all things, humbles Himself, makes Himself totally dependent upon the Father in all things. I can’t do it on My own” Jesus said.
John wrote, “As He is, so are we in this world … (1 John 4:17). There is not a true Christian but who can say, “I really want to do His perfect will.” But here is where we miss it, we set our hearts on something that we want, something that looks good that sounds logical, but is not God’s will. We will fast and pray and intercede for it! Cry a river of tears! Claim it! Bind demons hindering possession of it! Quote Bible! Get others to agree with us! One of the biggest traps to Christians is a good idea which is not God’s mind, a good strategy which is not His, a well-conceived plan that is not His. The question is – can your desire survive the Cross? Can you walk away from it and die to it? Can you honestly say, “Lord, maybe it’s not the devil stopping me, but You! If it’s not Your will it could destroy me. I give it up to the Cross! To death! Do it Your way, Lord.”
It is when you go down into the grave of death to all self, all ambition, all self-will, that you hear His voice. Jesus said, “The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God… All that are in the graves shall hear His voice” (John 5:25,28), This is why thousands of Christians today are getting into trouble hearing still small voices. There is confusion, things are not coming out right, because there has been no dying to self-will. Yes, I believe God does speak to His children. You can hear His true, holy, unmistakable voice, but only after crucifixion of self-will and self-desire. Jesus heard clearly from the Father. So did Paul, Peter, John and Stephen; but only because they were dead to this world. They were consumed with doing His will only.
Examine your heart. Do not be lifted up in Pride. Humble yourself!!!!!

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This is a phrase that people say all the time, myself included. In fact I have said this many times. If things don’t work as they should have, I just say “I did my Best” without even thinking about it. But the Lord has been dealing with me about this. 

OUR BEST IS TAINTED!

Because of the fall, our best is tainted and is not good enough. That is another phrase we say, “Oh that is good enough”.

We either look at others to compare our actions or we compare ourselves with ourselves. 

Eph. 5:1 THEREFORE BE imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father].

Be followers, be imitators of God, not each other. Our standard of comparison, as to how we compare our life and action is Christ. People are in a rut of being average because they compare themselves among themselves. 

“I did my Best”, But did you do God’s Best??

Many teachings today has to do with Self improvement. Faith in self. God does not want us to improve on self. He wants to be conformed into the image of Christ, not others or our old self. 

1 Pet. 1:13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Prepare your mind for action. In order for you to walk in the vision & be all that God wants you to be, you are going to have to make some tuff decisions about your life. You are going to have to decide to raise the standard in your life. With Jesus as your standard. 

1 Pet. 1:13-16

13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,

 15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;

 16 because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”

The standard and measurement must be Jesus!!

1 Cor. 10:12-13

12 Not that we [have the audacity to] venture to class or [even to] compare ourselves with some who exalt and furnish testimonials for themselves! However, when they measure themselves with themselves and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding and behave unwisely.

    13 We, on the other hand, will not boast beyond our legitimate province and proper limit, but will keep within the limits [of our commission which] God has allotted us as our measuring line and which reaches and includes even you.

We are behaving unwisely and without understanding when we compare ourselves with others. We must rise above, we must stop comparing ourselves with others. Even stop comparing ourselves with ourselves. “Well I am better than what I used to be”.  That is good, but that doesn’t matter and should not be our standard to live by. We are not to look at self. 

Sometimes we settle for the way things are because we think we have no choice. We need to get a vision beyond ourselves. 

We let what others have said about us hold us back. We let our past experiences hold us back. We must let the Spirit of God led us!! (Rom. 8)

We must do things God’s way. Our Best is not good enough. 

People say “Good is the enemy of Best”.  But I say, “Our Best is the enemy of God’s good”. 

We try to do good works, but they are not God’s good works. We look to self to perform those works. This produces pride in our lives. Which causes us to say “I did my Best”.

Eph. 2:9-10 (AMP.)

9 Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]

    10 For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].

I like what this says about works. We are to do those good works which God predestined (prepared ahead of time), that we should walk in them (living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live).

We live so far below what God has for us, because we look to our best. Don’t look at the best of other either. There is a gap from where we are and where we could be. We limit our vision of what God can do through us when we look to self. We are limited in what we can do.

You must fully cooperate with the Holy Spirit & in the effort that He wants to do in our hearts & lives while at the same time recognizing that only the Holy Spirit can perform the work. If we look to Jesus and what He did for us, that gives the Holy Spirit latitude to work in us and change us. 

We will do more than our best when we totally trust in Him. Then we can touch this world. Our lives will truly be changed, when we realize our best is not God’s best. He has so much more for us than we can ask or think of. 

Please don’t let condemnation come on you because you try and do your best. We must reach beyond ourselves. We must not limit ourselves to what we can do, that limits what God wants to do in us and through us. Trust God to take you beyond self. Again, today there is so much out there about self and how we can improve it. Well that is a good try from Satan to keep us average and below God’s Best. So look to Jesus and what He did for you and let the Holy Spirit work in your live so you can go beyond your Best and go into God’s best for you!!!

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