Watch out for Pridefulness!


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) STOPTHINK… 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.”


TOWERING PRIDE

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.


VANITY

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!


Ezekiel 29:9-12 The land of Egypt will become a desolate wasteland, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord. “Because you said, ‘The Nile River is mine; I made it,’ I am now the enemy of both you and your river. I will make the land of Egypt a totally desolate wasteland, from Migdol to Aswan, as far south as the border of Ethiopia. For forty years not a soul will pass that way, neither people nor animals. It will be completely uninhabited. I will make Egypt desolate, and it will be surrounded by other desolate nations. Its cities will be empty and desolate for forty years, surrounded by other ruined cities. I will scatter the Egyptians to distant lands.


CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE

The Nile River was Egypt's pride and joy, a life-giving river cutting through the middle of the desert. Rather than thanking God, however, Egypt declared, "The Nile is mine!" We do the same when we say, "I owe all my success to me, myself, and I." Of course, we have put forth a lot of hard effort, but God supplied us with the resources, ability, and opportunities to make it happen.


  • Tempted to pat yourself on the back? Why not give God some praise instead!


Zephaniah 3:2 No one can tell it anything; it refuses all correction. It does not trust in the Lord or draw near to its God.


CLOSED EARS

The people of Judah had become too proud to listen to God's correction. Do you know people who refuse to listen when someone disagrees with thier opinions? Those who are proud often refuse to listen to anything that contradicts thier opinion. Some listen with closed ears to the spiritual advise of others or spiritual advise from the Bible. But God has a way of opening closed ears. Sometimes he has to do it the hard way - through hard times.


  • How willing are you to listen to spiritual advice?

  • Does God have a get your attenchion the hard way?


Luke 18 Parable of the Persistent Widow

18 One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. 2 “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. 3 A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ 4 The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, 5 but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”

6 Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. 7 Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man[a] returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?”


Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector

9 Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: 10 “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer[b]: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! 12 I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’

13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ 14 I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”


Jesus Blesses the Children

15 One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But when the disciples saw this, they scolded the parents for bothering him.

16 Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. 17 I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”


The Rich Man

18 Once a religious leader asked Jesus this question: “Good Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” 19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him. “Only God is truly good. 20 But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. Honor your father and mother.’[c]” 21 The man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” 22 When Jesus heard his answer, he said, “There is still one thing you haven’t done. Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 23 But when the man heard this he became very sad, for he was very rich. 24 When Jesus saw this,[d] he said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God! 25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” 26 Those who heard this said, “Then who in the world can be saved?” 27 He replied, “What is impossible for people is possible with God.”

28 Peter said, “We’ve left our homes to follow you.” 29 “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God, 30 will be repaid many times over in this life, and will have eternal life in the world to come.”


Jesus Again Predicts His Death

31 Taking the twelve disciples aside, Jesus said, “Listen, we’re going up to Jerusalem, where all the predictions of the prophets concerning the Son of Man will come true. 32 He will be handed over to the Romans,[e] and he will be mocked, treated shamefully, and spit upon. 33 They will flog him with a whip and kill him, but on the third day he will rise again.”

34 But they didn’t understand any of this. The significance of his words was hidden from them, and they failed to grasp what he was talking about.


Jesus Heals a Blind Beggar

35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind beggar was sitting beside the road. 36 When he heard the noise of a crowd going past, he asked what was happening. 37 They told him that Jesus the Nazarene[f] was going by. 38 So he began shouting, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 “Be quiet!” the people in front yelled at him. But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 When Jesus heard him, he stopped and ordered that the man be brought to him. As the man came near, Jesus asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord,” he said, “I want to see!” 42 And Jesus said, “All right, receive your sight! Your faith has healed you.” 43 Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus, praising God. And all who saw it praised God, too.


A CHILDLIKE FAITH

It was customary for parents to bring thier children to a rabbi for a blessing. The deciples, however, thought the children were unworthy of the masters time. But Jesus welcomed them becuse little children have the kind of faith needed to enter God's Kingdom.


  • Is that the kind of faith you have?


GIVE AN GAIN

Peter and other disciples had paid a high price to follow Jesus. But Jesus reminded Peter that following him has it's benefits as well as its sacrifices. Are you worried about what you have to give up in order to say yes to God? Any believer who has had to give up something to follow Christ will be paid back in this life as well as in the next. Whatever you give. you'll gain.


  • Convinced?


Acts 12:19-23 Herod Agrippa ordered a thorough search for him. When he couldn’t be found, Herod interrogated the guards and sentenced them to death. Afterward Herod left Judea to stay in Caesarea for a while.

The Death of Herod Agrippa 20 Now Herod was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon. So they sent a delegation to make peace with him because their cities were dependent upon Herod’s country for food. The delegates won the support of Blastus, Herod’s personal assistant, 21 and an appointment with Herod was granted. When the day arrived, Herod put on his royal robes, sat on his throne, and made a speech to them. 22 The people gave him a great ovation, shouting, “It’s the voice of a god, not of a man!”

23 Instantly, an angel of the Lord struck Herod with a sickness, because he accepted the people’s worship instead of giving the glory to God. So he was consumed with worms and died.


1 Corinthians 4:1-6 Paul’s Relationship with the Corinthians So look at Apollos and me as mere servants of Christ who have been put in charge of explaining God’s mysteries. Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful. As for me, it matters very little how I might be evaluated by you or by any human authority. I don’t even trust my own judgment on this point. My conscience is clear, but that doesn’t prove I’m right. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide.

So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.

Dear brothers and sisters, I have used Apollos and myself to illustrate what I’ve been saying. If you pay attention to what I have quoted from the Scriptures, you won’t be proud of one of your leaders at the expense of another.


JUDGING

Paul warned the Corinthian believers to avoid judging one leader's performance by another. Have you ever judged another person about the quality or sincerity of his or her relationship with God? Maybe you've even heard someone express skepticism as to weather or not someone really is a Christian. Only God has the perfect insight to correctly judge.


2 Corinthians 7:11 Just see what this godly sorrow produced in you! Such earnestness, such concern to clear yourselves, such indignation, such alarm, such longing to see me, such zeal, and such a readiness to punish wrong. You showed that you have done everything necessary to make things right.


ADMIT IT

Paul praised the Corinthians for clearing up an especially troublesome situation. How do you deal with correction for a fault? Do you tend to be defensive when confronted? Don't let pride keep you from admitting when you are wrong. Confrontation can be a tool for growth.


I recommend if you want to dive deeper to look into comparison, jealousy, self-centeredness, and humility.


I truly hoped you enjoyed this journey of Pridfulness, and it helped you reflect on yourself as I know it shook me to the core of things I didn't realize I was actually doing.


I would love to hear from you on things you could add to this journey as I am huge on personal growth and I need it during this challenging time in my life.


LOVE YOU and I hope you visit soon.



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