The Problem With Pride
The Problem With Pride is a sermon concerning a problem most people have and find it difficult to overcome. Scripture teaches us that human pride separates the heart of man from God, our Creator because we feel sufficient. Pride comes from the human heart. We are to set aside our pride as God hates the evil that is pride.
The Fear of the Lord
We are to fear the Lord which means acknowledging the holiness, the majesty, and authority of God in your life. The fear of the Lord is to hate evil, thus we should hate evil. Scripture teaches us that the root of fighting is pride. In fact, scripture teaches us that everyone with pride is an abomination to the Lord. When we join forces in our pride, it is outright rebellion against God. When we are consumed with pride, we are setting ourselves up for a great fall. It is better for us to humble ourselves than to be proud. It is the pride of man that causes us to do wickedness.
Instead of trusting in our prideful self, we are to trust in the Lord who will make us prosper. The problem with pride is that it takes our attention away from God and places it on self. Pride causes us to lose the love of God and lose the love of our neighbors and to look down at them. Pride also causes us to not repent of our sins even if we are aware of our sins. Are we too proud to humble ourselves and let the Holy Spirit work in our lives, and to admit that we’ve done wrong and give our hearts over to God? Pride keeps us from God’s best. We miss out on so much God has for us because we are just too proud.
What Should We Do?
We should come before the Lord and admit that we are sorry for our pride and the harm it has done. Turn your pride over to the Lord and He will forgive you. Ask God to help you overcome pride so that you can be a good testimony so that others might be saved.
The Problem With Pride sermon starts with a verse from Proverbs 1:7:
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
also Proverbs 8:13:
13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
I Timothy 3:6:
6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
I John 2:15-17:
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
1 A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.
2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
Proverbs 16:5, 18:
5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
Proverbs 21:2-4, 24:
2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.
3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.
24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.
25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
23 A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
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