That thing called "pride"

Pride. A feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one's own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired. Pride. A bad thing. A very bad thing.

Proverbs 16 tells us that pride goes before destruction (see verses 18-19). Yet many of us are filled with arrogance, thinking we're needed and that things can't be done without us. That's the kind of pride that's an issue. Being proud of one's self is OK. Knowing that you did a great job at something is OK. Patting yourself on the back for an accomplishment is OK. But as mentioned above, the problem is when one experiences a deep pleasure or satisfaction based on their own accomplishments.

Ezekiel 28:1-2

Reading chapter 28 in the book of Ezekiel gives a whole new outlook on pride. Momentarily, the prophecy seems to be about a human king. One that seemingly let pride get in the way of leadership. But as you continue reading, you see that's simply not the case. And with time and careful analysis, it's apparent it's in regards to something far beyond what we can comprehend or imagine. The dual prophecy pits the pride of the king of Tyre against the pride of Satan. Some even believe that the king was possessed by Satan. Just like Satan himself, the king of Tyre was full of pride. And pride is never a good thing. Ever. Pride makes you think you can do or handle something on your own. Pride makes you think you're better than and above the next person. Pride makes you think you're needed and your way is best. Pride makes you like Satan...

Never think you can do it alone. Never think you can do it best. Never be boastful or filled with pleasure. Pride is a bad thing. A very bad thing. Satan's pride led to his fall. We often refer to him as the "fallen angel". But let's be clear: he was banned and kicked out of heaven. Why? Because of his pride that originated from his desire to be God instead of a servant of God. Satan was the highest of all the angels, but he wasn’t happy. He desired to be God and rule the universe. God cast Satan out of heaven as a fallen angel. But again, he didn't fall, necessarily. The same way his pride is what will cause his inevitable and eventual destruction, the city of Tyre lost its status, wealth, and power.

Pride has prevented many from accepting Christ, repenting, and becoming a new creation. Pride has led many to believe that they don't need God to live their best life. Pride has fooled many into thinking they are enough, by themselves. Pride is actually a sin. And rightfully so. Pride is giving credit to one's self when it's truly something that God has accomplished. All in all? Pride is equivalent to self-worship.

You alone are not worthy. It is only by God that you are clean, righteous, and holy. He deserve the glory and all the victory alone. Boast about that. 1 Corinthians 1:31 says "Therefore, as the Scriptures say, "If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD."

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