Do you struggle with:
2. The need to be right.
3. Being argumentative.
4. More invested in being heard than in hearing.
5. Not praying.
6. Irritability and impatience.
7. Lack of submissive attitude.
8. Not easily corrected.
9. Receiving correction but not changing.
10. Needing others to take your advice.
11. Needing to proclaim your title or degrees.
12. Being stubborn
13. Comparisons and competition.
14. Not dealing with sin
If the answer is yes to any of the above, the key issue to deal within your heart is pride.
Pride is the most destructive thing i’ve seen inside the church. The amount of leaders and Christians who have been disqualified by pride is heartbreaking.
I remember a season in my life for a period of about 12 months, I carried a spirit of pride. I had good intentions and just wanted to help my senior pastors and our church be more effective. I would “discuss” with them about what our church should be doing, with the ‘good intentioned’ reason being to see more people saved. It got to the place where I became such a pain to my leadership that they were going to step me down. The day before we were to meet, I was in prayer when the Holyspirit opened my eyes to the pride I carried. I repented, asked my leadership for forgiveness for the grief I caused them and a weight lifted off my shoulders. I could see again!
The bible talks about pride and humility a lot, and this short blog cannot do it justice.
Proverbs 16:18 tells us that “pride goes before a fall” or as I’ve seen time and time again throughout the body of Christ, pride goes before a fall or a fallout (fallout with leadership and/or other Christians).
James 4:6 says, “God opposes the proud but give grace to the humble”. Notice the word ‘oppose’. It’s an aggressive stance against. I don’t want God opposing me!
Pride comes from not knowing who we are. When we don’t know who we are, we carry insecurity. Insecurity results in division.
Because of this, pride, if not dealt with violently at its root, will disqualify us from going to new levels with God.
Humility on the other hand is a way to turbo charge your walk with the Lord.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” 1 Peter 5:6
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” James 4:10
Because pride is a blinder, the best way to find out if pride is in your heart is to always look at the fruit.
Go back over the checklist of pride’s fruit. Mark off the things that you struggle with. Then violently rip this pride out of your heart at the root. If you don’t deal with the root of pride in repentance, It’s only a matter of time before the fruit of pride comes back and you fall. Here’s some fruit:
The most mature, intimate people of God I know are ALWAYS the most humble, broken & teachable. This is a sweet fragrance to the Lord.
Pride is shown by its unteachability, need to be heard, division, ambition, insecurity. These are OFTEN cloaked in ‘good intentions’ & blindness. Pride is a stench that can be noticed as soon as we enter a room.
So how do you guard against pride?
- Check your heart regularly; it’s a daily battle to keep your heart free from this garbage. Pride, especially among Christians is like a flu, you’re free from it one moment, then from hanging with someone who has pride or listening to the wrong people, your now walking in the blindness of pride too.
- Watch the fruit of your life and heart: If you’ve got any of the above, deal with it.
- Ask God to reveal if there’s any hidden pride in your heart.
- Talk to your leaders: ask them if they think you’re a humble person or have pride. Remember they have a grace on them as shepherd to sometimes see what the sheep can’t.
I hope this help. There’s so much I want to share on this subject and also humility. I hope to do so soon!