Pride simply means giving glory to oneself instead of God, for one’s achievement. Where there is pride, dwell abasement, and where destruction lives is not far from such a place.
“And the afflicted people you will save: but your eyes are upon the haughty, that you may bring them down.” 2 Sam. 22:28.
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall (Prov. 16:18). The word of God is sure, its integrity never deteriorate; every downfall of a man most of the time has its root in pride. Even as glorious and holy Lucifer (later became Satan) was, when an iota of pride was found in him, he was abased. Bible says in Ezekiel 28:17, “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty…,” he over-estimated his power, and he was reduced to nothing. Even when Paul was charging Timothy, he still made reference to this: “not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride, he falls into the condemnation of the devil.” (I Tim.3:6). Paul was trying to tell Timothy that anybody that you want to appoint as an overseer or a deacon must not be proud because the work of pride is to lead one to destruction, it is only the humble that the Lord gives grace to.
“But He gives more grace. Therefore, he says, God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble.” James 4:6. And also, I Peter 5:5 – “Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble.”
This is the way God has been working from the beginning hitherto. History has many facts to back this up:
- Uzzah (2 Sam. 6:6 – 7): Uzzah and Ahio are both sons of Abinadab. The reason Uzzah was struck to death by God was because of his irreverence to God. He touched the ark of God on the new cart. He over-estimated himself and his purity. This is sheer pride! This aroused God’s anger and he died instantly.
- King Uzziah (2 Chronicle 26:15 – 16): A King of Judah in his time, because of his fame and strength, pride entered his being. Verse 16 reads: “But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: He went up to burn incense unto the Lord; the duty belongs not unto him but unto the priests, the sons of Aaron). What a great transgression against the Lord! The Lord struck him and he became leprous in his forehead unto the day of his death. He lost the throne to his son. He left for a separate house where he dwelt until his death.
- Herod Agrippa (Acts 12: 19 – 23): Pride simply means giving glory to oneself instead of God, for one’s achievement. Where there is pride, dwell abasement, and where destruction lives is not far from such a place.
Acts 12: 21 – 23:
“And upon a set day, Herod arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. And the people gave a shout, saying, it is the voice of god, and not of a man. And immediately, the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory; and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.”
- King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 5:20): “But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him.” Verse 21 implies that Nebuchadnezzar, based on his pride, left excellence for obscurity. Pride makes one leave excellence for obscurity. Luke 14:11 says, “For whosoever exalts himself shall be abased, and he that humbles himself shall be exalted.”
Others might not repent, but not Nebuchadnezzar, he came to the knowledge of God. “…till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appoints over it, whomever, he will.” Daniel 5:21.
Come to the knowledge of God and be humble, if not; pride will not only abase you but later will lead to your destruction. God forbid!
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