PRIDE Is A Problem
 
Hello Friends, It still amazes me so often how the Holy Spirit gives me a subject to share then the same day or within a couple of days I will hear it on TBN. The christian channel I watch often. But it seems that PRIDE may be the core cause of alot that is going on these days both in the secular and the body of Christ, the church. There is such a huge desire to succeed these days but sad to say many want to do it on their own for their own selfworth and not for the glory of God, their creator that gives all good gifts and the desires for them to begin with. The greatest weapon the devil has today is getting the youth up into so many activities that both the parents and the youth are caught up in meetings and practice and games that there is no time left to give the Creator any time,thus causing all to focus on that great reward or trophy and recognition instead of the most important focus that their name be written in the book of life more so than a book on earth for their achievements and the works they done for furthering the kingdom of God.There's nothing that blesses my heart more than to see the youth of this world giving praises to God and having a deep desire to serve Him and put Him first in their lives,for they are the future. Yet more times than not the focus is placed on "Me", "Myself ",and "I"  Yet when putting God first He puts His super with their natural and greater success can be achieved by giving Him the honor and glory.
 
Pride is an attitude of independance from God. Do you pray regularly? By not praying you are saying you don't need God's help,that you or the situation can be worked out without His help.God lines Himself up for battle against the proud.God resist the proud. Pride defies God and pride defiles man. When you're not bornagain you have a nature that is inclined to pridefulness. Pride divides society. There's never been  an argument,a war,a church split,a relationship breakup that pride was not the core and major factor of it.The scripture for this is...
Prov.13:10 Only by pride cometh contention : but with the well advised is wisdom.
Prov.28:25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
Prov.10:14 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near
 destruction.
Any man,woman,girl or boy that is proud is out of fellowship with God. Therefore pride divides society.
Arguments are about pride and they are ego against ego.No problem is too big to be solved. There's just people to small to solve them.If you put the problem out in the middle to solve iand not attack the person it can be solved,but many are trying to solve the problem themselves instead of turning it over to God in prayer and speaking out forgiveness. Their ego is only wanting to win the argument,they are walking in the flesh and not in the spirit and their out of the walk of love that we are commanded by our creator to love,it isn't a suggestion,it is a command.It doesn't matter if you are right or wrong.You can still be the problem if you're not willing to step back and not allow strife to enter in. In the natural it is hard to say forgive me when you are not in the wrong.But by the grace of God you can step up ,being obedient to God by apologizing to end a problem and strife in a relationship.If you resist doing it, then it is pride that and a haughty attitude keeping you from doing it which is very displeasing to God. This is not to say that you have to agree with the other person if it doesn't line up with God's word and principles but at all cost we are to avoid strife and being a part of it. Pride will take you out of the fellowship with God.You cannot be in the love walk while hanging onto pride.If you'll take pride off the throne and put Jesus on the throne in no way can you dishonor another.
The proud person wants praise and honor and esteem.Yet the very thing they want causes them to be dishonored. Pride dishonors life.
Prov.11:2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
Prov.15:33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.
Prov.29:23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
A proud person never ends up with admiration but contempt. Conceit is a disease that makes everyone sick except the one that has it.But the truth of the matter is a proud person is the sickest of all,full of the disease of pride,and conceit and of themselves self exalting. Jesus taught us the way up is down. (Down on your knees,humbling yourself) And the way down is up (Not giving God glory and exalting your own self ,when He is worthy of all the honor and praise for every good gift comes from the Father. Down to your every breath! ) Only a humble person is pleasing in the sight of God. The perfect example of Pride is satan himself! Let's take a look at this the best example I think ever known in the word of God.
Look especially at all the "I" that is in this passage, This was Licifer's cause of fall over at ...
Isa. 14 :13-16
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

 15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

 16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;

When you are a follower of Jesus Christ, God will give to His saints a greater position than satan had before his fall.
Pride destroys souls.Pride populates Hell.Pride destroys all it rules. And Pride is the road to ruin.
Prov.15:25 The Lord will destroy the house of the proud.
Prov.16:18-19 Pride goeth before destruction,and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Prov.18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty,and before honor is humility.
The seeds of eternal destruction are in pride.Nobody can be saved apart from the grace of God,but God resist the proud and gives grace to the humble.
 
Last but not least Pride can cause National Ruin,Domestic Ruin,Financial Ruin, all of these are birthed out of pride. As a nation,we need to know and return to what the true meaning of pride of America use to be which was In God We Trust! Not I'm a proud american and I am free to do as I will and make my own rules and shove God out of it. This is an abomination to God when we are puffed up and our pride displaced. It issn't wrong to take pride in a job well done as long as you are putting God first and giving him thanks for the job and or gift. It isn't wrong to be proud of grades made or accomplishments but where is God in the equation. Do you have your priorities in order of who gives you life, and breath and ability to accomplish all you accomplish?Do you give God the glory for all you do and accomplish any all areas of your life.Pride attacks in so many different areas of life and age and whether male or female,young or old,It is God that gives you the ability in whatever you do.This teaching covers several aspects in life from forgiveness to your success in life.I pray you will meditate on the words given by the Holy Spirit and teacher to take heed to all that pride can rise it's evil head up in.
 
James 4

 1.From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?

 2.Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

 3.Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

 4.Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

 5.Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

 6.But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

 7.Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 8.Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

 9.Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.

 10.Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

 11.Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.

 12.There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?

 13.Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:

 14.Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

 15.For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

 16.But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.

 17.Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

 My prayer today is that we all examine our hearts and begin to pray like never before. I will close with this scripture that the Lord has laid heavy on my heart to share for over a year now. Please know that there is nobody so bad they can't be saved. And there's nobody so good that they don't need saved.
 
2 Chron.7:14 If My people which are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face,and turn from their wicked ways,then  I will hear from heaven,and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
 
God bless you one and all. If there is a young person in your life, please share this. God said my people perish for lack of knowledge. Some people don't even realize that pride is in control of their life and how much God detest it. Have a blessed day in the Lord. 
In His Service; Pastor Linda Begley