STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM


STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM

SATAN’S TACTIC OF
PRIDE
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God opposes the proud but gives grace to the
humble. 1 Peter 5:5

We each have to come to terms with Satan’s deadliest
tactic, which the Bible
calls pride. Ever since the Garden of Eden, Satan has
promulgated The Great
Lie: “You will be like God” (Genesis 3:5b). We all must
learn to overcome
pride, which was Satan’s own initial sin and which is his
pervasive and
repetitive tactic against us.

In Proverbs 6:17, “haughty
eyes” are first on the list of the seven things
that are an “abomination” to
God. Proverbs 27:2 adds, “Let another praise you,
and not your own mouth.”
Christ spoke of pride in Luke 18:14 when He
instructs, “Everyone who exalts
himself will be humbled, and he who humbles
himself will be exalted.” Over
and over again, we are reminded in the Bible of
God’s utter disdain for a
prideful spirit.

Why does God have so much to say about this issue?
Because, ultimately, a
prideful person is saying, “I don’t need God. I can do
it on my own.” As our
Creator and Sustainer, God has the perfect plan laid
out before us. Attempting
to “go it alone” will only lead us down a path of
self-destruction. No one
knows that better than God—He has seen pride destroy
the lives of His
creations throughout time.

In the Old Testament we
see an example of this in the life of King
Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 4:28-37)
until he acknowledged the Most High God. We
also see it in the life of King
Belshazzar, who saw the handwriting on the
wall and received judgment because
of his pride (Daniel 5: 22-31).

In the New Testament, the Pharisees,
filled with self-righteousness, denied
the work of Christ, even as He stood
before them. The Apostle Paul warned the
Corinthians to “not take pride in
one man over against another” (1 Corinthians
4:6). Peter repeats the warning
about pride from Proverbs 3:34.

Pride is so devastating because of its
deceptiveness. C. S. Lewis said, “A
proud man is always looking down on
things and people; and, of course, as long
as you’re looking down, you can’t
see something that’s above you.” We may
easily point out pride in the life of
someone else, completely oblivious to
the stranglehold that pride may have in
our own lives. Pride causes us to
focus solely on being “better” than someone
else. Don’t compare yourself to
others; compare yourself to Christ. Remember
where you came from, and recall
what God has saved you from.

When all
else fails, God may allow adversity into our lives. Nothing gets
our
attention better than going through a difficult time. He allows
these
experiences in order to filter out pride, causing us to return our
focus on
Him. As much as our prideful spirit may disagree, we cannot live a
fulfilling
life without God. Simply put, when God is out, pride is
in!

RESPONSE: Today I will keep my eyes fixed on Jesus and steer clear of
pride’s
deceptiveness.

PRAYER: Lord, I need Your help to keep focused
on You and avoid pride’s
stranglehold.

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