“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time,” (1 Peter 5:6, HCSB)
Say what you will about the Internet, but I have to tell you I’d be lost without Skype. It makes my life in PNG seem a little less distant from my friends and family. Especially great is the ability for my daughter and I to do a bible study together, even though we are separated by thousands of miles. We’ve been studying from Beth Moore’s book, Praying God’s Word. The book addresses how every believer can confront the strongholds in their lives by praying through the scriptures. The strongholds covered in this book seem to be the ones most common to humankind, but there is one that is without question at the top of the list. – The sin of pride. I found one statement particularly honest and revealing, “Pride is self-absorption, whether we’re absorbed with how miserable we are or how wonderful we are.” How true! After reading the chapter on Pride, my daughter and I agreed we both have more issues than we were willing to admit. It is incredibly hard to focus away from self. I’ve found that it takes a definitive act of volition to view the world with me not at the center! Our natural tendency is to continually check ourselves out in the mirror, and if we don’t allow God’s humbling hand to turn our face away, it can have devastating consequences. I’d like to share some of Beth Moore’s prose with you today. I think you’ll find it a perfect description of the pitfalls of pride.
“My name is Pride. I am a cheater.
I cheat you of your God-given destiny…because you demand your own way.
I cheat you of contentment…because you ”deserve better than this.”
I cheat you of knowledge…because you already know it all.
I cheat you of healing…because you’re too full of me to forgive.
I cheat you of holiness…because you refuse to admit when you’re wrong.
I cheat you of vision…because you’d rather look in the mirror than out a window.
I cheat you of genuine friendship…because nobody’s going to know the real you.
I cheat you of love…because real romance demands sacrifice.
I cheat you of greatness in heaven…because you refuse to wash another’s feet on earth.
I cheat you of God’s glory…because I convince you to seek your own.
My name is Pride. I am a cheater.
You like me because you think I’m always looking out for you. Untrue.
I’m looking to make a fool of you.
God has so much for you, I admit, but don’t worry…
If you stick with me
You’ll never know.”