Are you Prideful?
Let's dive deep into Proverbs 6:16-19 which says:
16 There are six things the Lord hates— no, seven things he detests:
17 haughty eyes
A haughty spirit or having haughty eyes means that we look down upon others in a condescending way. We think more highly of ourselves than we should. This is where we look scornfully, disdainfully, or almost arrogantly at others. The expression “looking down our nose” at someone.
What is the difference between pride and haughty?
Pride expresses a feeling about oneself, one's associates, etc. without expressing anything negative about others. To be haughty, on the other hand, is a negative. Haughty people may or may not have anything, in particular, they are proud of, but they feel and/or behave in a manner suggesting others are inferior.
a lying tongue,
So what is a lying tongue? Per an article in VANGUARD by Femi Aribisala, Fabrications are things are entirely made-up. White lies are regarded as innocuous everyday lies people tell in order to be tactful or polite.
Exaggerations are things embellished or made to be more than they really are. They involve the enhancement of the truth by adding falsehood to it to make it more impressive.
Rumour-mongering is spreading false information about someone you don’t like or about something you don’t even know for sure.
A bold-faced lie is saying something that is false even when you know the person you are telling this knows it is a lie. Plagiarism is when the words of someone else are stolen and presented as yours.
God of truth: However, with God, a lie is a lie is a lie. It is anything devoid of the truth or whatever distorts the truth. Even when a lie is told to a man, it is nevertheless a sin against God.
Telling lies is also a posture. The bible talks of people who “walk in lies.” God says: “I have seen a horrible thing in the prophets of Jerusalem: they commit adultery and walk in lies; they also strengthen the hands of evildoers so that no one turns back from his wickedness. All of them are like Sodom to me, and her inhabitants like Gomorrah.” (Jeremiah 23:14).
Some people tell lies occasionally. But those who walk in lies tell lies habitually and compulsively. They live under false pretenses. The converse is also true, according to scripture.
John says: “I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” (3 John 1:3-4). Walking in the truth means living according to the commandments of Jesus.
Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/06/the-lying-tongue/
The scripture goes onto say hands that kill the innocent,
18 a heart that plots evil, There are evil thoughts in all men's hearts; but the devising, fabricating of them, and thus making the heart into a devil's workshop, is the mark of utter depravity and wickedness, and is abhorrent to God. Read more: https://biblehub.com/commentaries/proverbs/6-18.htm
feet that race to do wrong, So what does this mean? Their feet adopts to swift-running because they are afraid of losing time or are impatient of delay and they are so eager to commit such a mischief This strategy, vigilance, caution, enthusiasm and alertness, in their sinful pursuits shows, that they are so strongly motivated and encouraged to do evil.
This is the typical character and manners of a person, who runs to commit such an evil act can be such as stated in the Holy Bible:
“Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know. There is no fear of God before their eyes. (Romans 3:13-18).
The normal pace of walking is not enough for them and they are not satisfied with the usual speed of a man. It simply displays that they show no resistance or disagreement whatever, to sin.
This is definitely a devil’s work because he. “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”. (1 Peter 5:7). “Resist the devil and he will flee from you”. (James 4:7) “..and do not give the devil a foothold.” (Ephesians 4:26). “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”(Ephesians 6:11) STOP… THINK… and DO NOT BE QUICK for ACTION” Read more: http://premletha-manohar.blogspot.com/2011/08/feet-that-are-quick-to-rush-into-evil.html
19 a false witness who pours out lies, “A false witness who pours out lies” relates to the idea of perjury or deception. This is a person who lacks integrity. Integrity is the faithful support of a standard of values. It has a close connection to righteousness, blamelessness, uprightness, and steadiness. It suggests a oneness of heart with God— the One who established the standard of values. Being a person of integrity is difficult in a world of compromise.
Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters. | Albert Einstein
Have you ever started something and not finished it? Most of us would have to admit we’ve done this at least once or twice. For some of us, it’s a way of life. In our culture, we are easily distracted and make many decisions based on the most immediate need. Some people call it flexibility, others call it impulsiveness. No matter what we call it, the result is the same. We live in a time when sticking to the plan is more and more unusual. That’s true about our character, too. We all want to be people with integrity, but in a world where integrity is often ridiculed, sticking to the plan can be nearly impossible. One of the greatest lies many church-going people tell is the one about the authenticity of their relationship with God. To read more: http://longhollow.com/files/Seven_Week6.pdf
And lastly a person who sows discord in a family. "Trouble maker in the family" gossip , drama, always looking to stir up trouble. To sow discord is to say and do things which cause distrust among one another, which results in arguments and fights. Usually the 'sower' is acting as if he/she is not trying to cause arguments. Sowing discord is something done in secret, done by deceit authored by the father of deceit.
The Bible has much to say about causing discord among people. Most is found in Proverbs. It can be causing strife, contentions, brawling, discord or divisions among people. ... We find in Proverbs 15:18 that "A wrathful man stirs up strife."
Proverbs 16:5 The Lord detests the proud; they will surely be punished.
Proverbs 11:2 Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
Proverbs 13:10 Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise.
Proverbs 18:12 Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor.
Proverbs 29:23 Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor.
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.
1 Corinthians 3:20-23 And again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise; he knows they are worthless.” So don’t boast about following a particular human leader. For everything belongs to you— whether Paul or Apollos or Peter, or the world, or life and death, or the present and the future. Everything belongs to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.
Genesis 11:4 Then they said, “Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world.”
The tower of Babel was a great human achievement, a wonder of the ancient world. But it was a monument to the builders rather than to God. We often build monuments to ourselves (closets full of expensive clothes, the best CD collection in the state, shelf crammed with trophies) to call attenchion to our achievements. These may not be wrong in themselves, but when we depend on what we have to gain our identity, and value, they take God's place in our lives.
What are the monuments in your life?
2 Samuel 17:11 “I recommend that you mobilize the entire army of Israel, bringing them from as far away as Dan in the north and Beersheba in the south. That way you will have an army as numerous as the sand on the seashore. And I advise that you personally lead the troops.
When Hushai appealed to Absalom through flattery, Absalom wound up trapped by his VANITY. Hushai predicted great glory for Absalom if he personally led the entire army against David. "Pride goes before destruction" (Proverbs 16:18) is an appropriate comment on Absalom's ambitions.
Tempted to let somone's flattery go to your head? Rember Absalom.
2 Chronicles 26:1-16 Uzziah Rules in Judah All the people of Judah had crowned Amaziah’s sixteen-year-old son, Uzziah, as king in place of his father. After his father’s death, Uzziah rebuilt the town of Elath and restored it to Judah.
Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-two years. His mother was Jecoliah from Jerusalem. He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, just as his father, Amaziah, had done. Uzziah sought God during the days of Zechariah, who taught him to fear God. And as long as the king sought guidance from the Lord, God gave him success.
Uzziah declared war on the Philistines and broke down the walls of Gath, Jabneh, and Ashdod. Then he built new towns in the Ashdod area and in other parts of Philistia. God helped him in his wars against the Philistines, his battles with the Arabs of Gur, and his wars with the Meunites. The Meunites paid annual tribute to him, and his fame spread even to Egypt, for he had become very powerful.
Uzziah built fortified towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate, at the Valley Gate, and at the angle in the wall. He also constructed forts in the wilderness and dug many water cisterns, because he kept great herds of livestock in the foothills of Judahand on the plains. He was also a man who loved the soil. He had many workers who cared for his farms and vineyards, both on the hillsides and in the fertile valleys.
Uzziah had an army of well-trained warriors, ready to march into battle, unit by unit. This army had been mustered and organized by Jeiel, the secretary of the army, and his assistant, Maaseiah. They were under the direction of Hananiah, one of the king’s officials. These regiments of mighty warriors were commanded by 2,600 clan leaders. The army consisted of 307,500 men, all elite troops. They were prepared to assist the king against any enemy.
Uzziah provided the entire army with shields, spears, helmets, coats of mail, bows, and sling stones. And he built structures on the walls of Jerusalem, designed by experts to protect those who shot arrows and hurled large stones from the towers and the corners of the wall. His fame spread far and wide, for the Lord gave him marvelous help, and he became very powerful.
Uzziah’s Sin and Punishment But when he had become powerful, he also became proud, which led to his downfall. He sinned against the Lord his God by entering the sanctuary of the Lord’s Temple and personally burning incense on the incense altar.
THE PULL OF PRIDE
After God gave Uzziah great power as king of Judah, he became proud and corrupt. God hates pride. In fact, "pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before fall" (Proverbs 16:18).
What do you have or want that sparks your pride? Talent? Money? Popularity? Power? NEVER forget (Proverbs 16:18).
How will you give God credit for what you have?
Isaiah 9:8-10 The Lord’s Anger against Israel The Lord has spoken out against Jacob; his judgment has fallen upon Israel. And the people of Israeland Samaria, who spoke with such pride and arrogance, will soon know it. They said, “We will replace the broken bricks of our ruins with finished stone, and replant the felled sycamore-fig trees with cedars.”
THE PROBLEM OF PRIDE
Israel was called arrogant for saying, in essence, "We've faced a temporary setback, but by our own strength we will rebuild our city." Though God made Isreal a nation and gave them the land they occupied, the people trusted themselves rather than God. Too often we take pride in our accomplishments or possessions, forgetting that God has given us every ability we have. We even become proud of our status as Christians. God is not pleased with any pride or attitudes od self-sufficency.
Tempted to think your all that? Watch out!