Dealing with Enemy #1: PRIDE

“At every stage of our Christian development and in every sphere of our Christian discipleship, pride is our greatest enemy and humility is our greatest friend.”

-John Stott

Pride is the #1 Enemy of Spiritual Growth, Relational Growth, Personal Growth & the biggest obstacle to people experiencing God. And Pride is often easy to recognize in others, but tough to recognize in ourselves. It’s a matter of what’s in your heart. That can be determined most often by what’s coming out your mouth (Luke 6:45).

What does pride sound like?

  • “It’s all about me.” 

    Pride needs to feel better than others & call attention to itself.

    Needs to be in control & on top. Too vulnerable to not be.  

  • “I don’t need you.” To need God & others is a vulnerable place to be & a prideful heart is set on avoiding vulnerability. So pride will keep us from intimacy with God & others.

  • “I know that already.” A prideful heart can’t listen, can’t learn, can’t admit weakness, therefore a prideful person can’t grow.
  • “I don’t care.” A prideful heart can’t care too much about something that doesn’t promote self interest. So pride causes us to struggle to

     celebrate others success. A prideful heart will struggle to

    find solutions. Other peoples problems helps keep them on top, looking down on all the people that can’t figure it out. Pride gives us a sense that other people’s mistakes & weaknesses can be an opportunity/occasion to promote self.

We can overcome pride by humbling ourselves before God & others. What does humility sound like?

  • “It’s all about God & others.” God’s will & the needs of others are why I’m here. Philippians 2:3-8.
  • “I need you.” Humility helps us realize that we’re nothing apart from God (John 15:5) & we need others to grow.
  • “Can you help me know God?” Humility helps us realize how much we don’t know & see the rich value in relationships. “Walk with the wise & grow wiser still.”
  • “Your suffering is not good for me.” With humility we realize that my success doesn’t depend on the weakness of others, but on a sovereign God that gives grace to those who need Him.

…serve each other in humility, for “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.” So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.

1 Peter 5:5-6 NLT

This weekend Bridge Church continues our Proverbs Message Series & will talk more about dealing with Enemy #1: Pride. Join us 10:30am at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum in Madisonville.

Posted on August 26, 2013, in Discipleship, Message Notes, Proverbs Series, Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Oh, my. I just got “whacked.” Thank you for the reminder. One help I take advantage of is a handful of close friends who have permission to be brutally honest with me, particularly as regards my “blind spots” of which pride is the biggest and most subtle. Great post–

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