Four Ways To Fight Pride From Scripture.

Four Ways To Fight Pride From Scripture.

1.  Realize pride is a form of self-deception. In other words, the person who is thinking of himself as great is simply lying to himself, because the truth is, we really aren’t that great. The Scriptures are clear, aside from the grace of God, we are utterly vile. So who wants to go around thinking lies about himself?

“There is none righteous, no, not one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become worthless; there is no one who does good, no, not one.” “Their throats are an open grave; with their tongues they have used deceit”; “the poison of vipers is under their lips”; “their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their paths; and they do not know the way of peace.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
Romans 3:11-18

 

2. You’re not original. Most everything thing you know, you have received from another person. Think about it, from a toddler to adulthood you have been like a sponge sucking in information. Even your ideas that you think are original, are really just collaborations of different resources that you ultimately received.

For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you received it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?       1 Corinthians 4:7

 

3. Realize that we are completely dependant upon Christ for everything. Our being is held in existence by Christ and every breath we draw is granted by His sovereign control.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who remains in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit. For without Me you can do nothing. John 15:5

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17

“Yet you, his son, O Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this; but have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven. And they have brought the vessels of His house before you, and you and your lords, your wives and your concubines, have drunk wine in them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know. And the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not glorified.
Daniel 5:22-23

 

4. Consume your attention with the greatness of God on a regular basis. When one beholds God in all His attributes, we inevitably see our humble state in the universe. When one sees the glory and greatness of God, we have no choice but to say with Isaiah “woe is me”. When we compare our stature with the awful beauty of the Holy One, we must declare ourselves as “nothing”. Put God on one side of the scale and us on the other, and in comparison, we add no more weight than a speck of dust lying on the scale.

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphim. Each one had six wings. With two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. One cried to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of Hosts;
the whole earth is full of His glory.”

The posts of the door moved at the voice of him who cried, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am undone because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips. For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Hosts.” Isaiah 6:1-5

Certainly, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance;
He takes up the coastlands as a very little thing. Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts sufficient as a burnt offering. All nations before Him are as nothing, and they are counted by Him as less than nothing and meaningless. To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare to Him? Isaiah 40:15-18

MWB

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