Text: 1 Peter 5:5, 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
The topic of Pride cannot be over-emphasized. This is because in our daily lives most of the time, we want to always be above everyone, we want to order people around, be the boss, and just be glorified one way or another.
To be honest, it feels good, but it can have grave consequences.
Pride is feeling so pleased with yourself and what you have achieved, in an unpleasant way that shows you think you are better and know more than other people.
The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:5, “in the same way, you younger people must submit to your elders, and all of you must put on the apron of humility to serve one another, for the scripture says “ God resist the proud but shows favor to the humble”.
If you are proud and trying to rise, God will make sure you don’t because He dislikes a proud heart. As you growing a Christian, if you don’t deal with the issue of pride, the Lord Himself will humble you. He knows the danger of pride; He doesn’t want you destroyed.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 says “ but to keep me from being puffed up with pride because of the many wonderful things I saw, I was given a painful physical ailment, which acts as Satan’s messenger to beat me and keep me from being proud. Three times I prayed to the Lord about this and asked Him to take it away.
But His answer was “ My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak.” I am most happy, then, to be proud of my weakness, to feel the protection of Christ’s power over me. I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardship, prosecutions, and difficulties for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Why will God allow the devil to torment one of His most fruitful apostles, Paul? The answer is: to keep Him away from pride. With the level of anointing and power to do great things, Apostle Paul would have called himself the second Jesus.
He could have easily bragged about all the things he did when people talk down on Him. But God knew what Pride could do if He had even the smallest chance to have a feel of it.
To stay away from pride, you have to identify your weakness. The more you identify your inability to do something and acknowledge that all glory is to the Lord for making it possible, then you would fight the spirit of Pride.
Acknowledge God for everything you have. No matter how hard you think you worked for something, doesn’t mean it was your power, it is simply the grace of the Lord working for you.
Humility opens all closed doors, Pride closes all open doors.
Prayer: Lord I receive the grace for humility. Everything I have and do is by your grace. Amen.