October 14th – Excuse Me, Do You Not Know Who I Am?

Who among men is greater than the Father? Whom has walked in obedience as the Son? Yet there are those who rise up claiming strength and command, where neither is warrant. Such as these submit not to authority, for their pride is their king, and the world their slave. Such a spirit is not of God, as before Adam there was rebellion, and before grace came the enemy of grace. Beware of those who claim to be mighty, or those who receive not wisdom. Their ears are stopped and their heart hardened. As the parched earth beads the rain, so the heart of the prideful repel truth. Even among the Church they are, without hope – for arrogance, and without sight of sin – for pride. A brother of broad smile in peace, but a quick enemy in conflict. Do not be as one of these, for sin unseen is death, as silent infection rots the body. My children are fruitful of instruction, growing in wisdom and in destruction of pride. For where pride grows great the bushel never becomes, and where the ear turns aside, knowledge is laid waste. Great is the sin of pride, a shelter for many more, and many succumb to its draw.

3 John 9 (ESV) – I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority.

1 Peter 5:5-6 (ESV) – Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,

Bottom Line: Many agree that pride is one of the most deadly of sins, yet little is spoken of it. Many sins are obvious and we can easily go to battle against them, but pride is not easily seen. In fact, in many cases, it is only others who see it. It is the sin of considering ourselves better than others. Even if we never say a word, it is written in our eyes. It is said that pride is a disease which makes everyone else sick, except for the carrier. Maybe you’ve witnessed a boss, coworker, or employee who displayed, usually unknowingly, this very repulsive trait. The better you’re doing (in anything), the more susceptible you are to pride. It is very important to God that you remain humble, making sure that pride does not sneak up on you. 

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