Pride and it's danger

Pride is one of the seven capital sins. It is the greatest sin because it is the submit of self love and is directly opposed the submission to God and is mostly hated by God.
When you live a life of pride you are opposing God. The scripture pointed out some individuals who thought everything they have belonged to them, thereby, neglecting God who gives us power to get wealth.
1.       Nebuchadnezzar never acknowledge God as the creator of all things. He never give Him praise as a giver of wisdom and wealth, rather, he was full of self and pride by uttering an outrageous remark “… is not this great Babylon that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honor of my majesty.” Daniel 4:30.
I want you to take note of those words in bold; “by the might of my power”, Nebuchadnezzar thought within himself that everything he did was as the result of
his power and greatness. Many people like this king neglect the omnipotence of God in their daily routines. Until you acknowledge the giver of wealth, you cannot go far in life. “the honor of my majesty”, I always shed tears whenever I come across the words of this self- exalted king, who never know how to attribute honor to God. He magnified himself, what a pity! He never knows that man cannot magnify himself. What a life!
I so much love God because He knows how to deal with this kind of person. The scripture recorded that “he was driven from men, and he did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nail like birds claws.” Daniel 4:33.  But wait for a minute, was this not the man that boasted to have had power and might? Why then was he driven from his kingdom which he built by the might of his power? I hope you learnt something here that you don’t own yourself, the controller of heaven and the earth  have the power to decide what happens next in our life, so be careful how you live your life because it’s not your own.
No doubt, he realizes that there is God in heaven and “praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and His ways judgment” and he even advice you that “those that walk in pride He (God) is able to abase.” Daniel 4:37, so be wise.
2.       Herod, the king that opposed the gospel of Christ, and persecuted the church. After killing James the brother of John with the sword, he went ahead by capturing Peter hoping to kill him after Easter celebration. The reason been that he never like the people of God and he want all the glory to be given to him. Pride makes you to forget God. It is the devils; imparted nature that glorifies self and forget God.
Pride will never allow you to see the end but paint the present as the utmost in life.
God hates pride, Proverbs 8:13. Don’t do the things that God frowns at.
Herod the king was a victim of pride and his life was terminated as he died a shameful death. God was so displeased when Herod “arrayed in royal apparel, set upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. And the people gave a shout, saying, it is the voice of a god, and not of a man.” Acts12:21, 22. It was not long afterward, that “the angel of the Lord smote him because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of warms, and gave up the ghost” (Acts 12: 23). When we gave God the praise, He straightens us. Herod never acknowledges God, he never gave Him the glory, and rather, he attributed everything to himself, what a shameful death that he died. I pray, you will not die a shameful death in Jesus name! When you give Him glory He exalts and lift you higher than you are. Learn to crucify self and exalt God in your life. A man that brags is a man that is void of knowledge.

3.       Pharaoh was yet another ‘stubborn’ and tyrannical king who was so influenced by the devil and was position intoxicate perhaps, thought within himself, ‘there is none like unto me’. Pharaoh, the king of Egypt help the Israelites captive after the death of Joseph, the fact that he “knew not Joseph” in Exodus 1:8 was not enough or give him license to oppress Israelites to the point of killing their male children.
God used Moses as a liberator to secure the liberty if Israelites from the tyrant whose aim was to eliminate God’s chosen people through “hard labor” and “oppression”. Though, he succeeded a little bit but God did not allow him to terminate the nation of Israel.
When a man hardened his heart God give up to a reprobate heart to do what he like. God commanded Pharaoh through Moses by saying: “thus saith the Lord God of Israel, let my people go…” Pharaoh, full of pride taunted, “Who is that Lord, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go?” Never self to ruin your life. Though it was obvious that he never knows Lord in the same Exodus 5:2, but wouldn’t have given him that impetus to reply in that lambasted way. Pride kills.
His pride of not letting Israel go brought severe punishment and destructions in his kingdom, Egypt.
Friend, never allow pride to bring destruction to your life, never question God arrogantly. He owns your life and everything you have learn to be humble.

Let’s Look At The Different Types Of Pride:

a.       Pride o Superiority – It makes us want to control others or impose ourselves on them (Domineering tendency/spirit) make our will rigid and unbending when others assert authority. It is self-will and obstinate that set us against God’s will. This pride blindfolds the person to reason from others.
b.      Pride of independence - The highest from is atheism lead to disobedience and insubordination, contempt and arrogance contradiction, refusal of advice and assistance, resentment to reproof by authority, and ultimately blasphemy against God can also lead to biter cursing and irreverence in act and word. Major problem is delusion in view of our own faults and self-conceit.
c.       Pride of intellect - Closely related to pride of independence, gives false assurance that one knows it all.
d.      Pride of Ambition – Leads to seek position or offices of honor and dignity by which we prefer ourselves to others, however worthy they may be. Makes us dream schemes and projects and undertakes things through presumption even when we are ignorant of how to go about them. Excessive confidence makes us overestimate our ability, immediate desires, vainglory and desire for praise stem from pride.
e.      Pride of spiritual vanity - Makes us imagine ourselves to be perfect and our acts always virtuous or finding reason to excuse faults when we acknowledge them.
f.        Pharisaical – Boastful, critical of others, it makes us over-talkative; it leads to lie and contradiction.
g.       Pride of self pity - Over anxious about what people think or will say about us. We brood over and imagine wrongs and do not easily forgive others.
h.      Pride of timidity – Unreasonable fear, it makes us fearful of others view and opinion so we are controlled by human respect as opposed by God.
i.         Pride of Scrupulosity - Fixed our eyes on wrong things, so that we pay attention to things that don’t merit such attention while we are unscrupulous in things which ought to concern us.
Pride is found in every sin and is sin in itself, let us die for self – John 12:24; Galatians 2:20 to overcome the capital sin and make heaven at last.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the live which I now in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
Crucifixion of the flesh is what guarantees us eternal life.

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