Pride is one of the seven deadly sins. It is a terrible, very terrible thing. Yes, there are positive connotations of pride such as African Pride and Feminine Pride. However, in the biblical sense, Pride is a major flaw in the character of any Christian. The Bible says in 1st Peter 5:5 that ‘God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. This means that Pride is tantamount to competing with God, trying to take his place. Pride was why the Devil fell out of favor with God. Isaiah 14: 12- 16 says:
‘How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend of heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ “But you are brought down to Shoel, to the far reaches of the pit. Those who see you will stare at you and ponder over you: ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms’.
The Devil was described as the morning star of heaven. He was glorious and a beauty to behold. Ezekiel 28: 11 – 19 gives a full picture of Lucifer’s beauty.
“Moreover the word of the LORD came to me: Mortal, raise a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say to him, Thus says the Lord GOD: You were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, carnelian, chrysolite, and moonstone, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald; and worked in gold were your settings and your engravings. On the day that you were created they were prepared. With an anointed cherub as guardian I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked among the stones of fire. You were blameless in your ways from the day that you were created, until iniquity was found in you. In the abundance of your trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned; so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God, and the guardian cherub drove you out from among the stones of fire. Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I exposed you before kings, to feast their eyes on you. By the multitude of your iniquities, in the unrighteousness of your trade, you profaned your sanctuaries. So I brought out fire from within you; it consumed you, and I turned you to ashes on the earth in the sight of all who saw you. All who know you among the peoples are appalled at you; you have come to a dreadful end and shall be no more forever”
Lucifer was the cumulation of perfection of God yet he was cast down to earth. He continues to use his mortal sin- pride as a weapon to cause the fall of many believers today.
Pride can also be very subtle and may go unnoticed by the person harboring it. You should beware that pride does not seep into your heart unawares poisoning your spirit.
Now let’s round off with a different form of pride which is doubt. When you refuse to trust God, that’s pride. It means you trust the power of the situation more than you trust God. It means arrogance and refusal to trust God in that circumstance.
Above all pride is terrible and can disconnect you from God. Don’t let it creep into your heart.
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