Power of Pride 10

This sin of pride which turned myriads of angels of light into legions of black devils, and that for this they were hurled down from heaven to the bottomless pit of hell. (Anne Dutton, Letters on Spiritual Subjects)

Habakkuk 2:4 Behold, as for the proud one, His soul is not right within him; But the righteous will live by his faith.

Eph 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

James 4:6 But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.”

The power of pride is enormous and virtually all people don’t search their own hearts in order to look for pride. Even fewer, it would seem, actually seek the Lord to show them their pride. It seems impossible for the proud heart to see its own pride and yet even harder to admit that it is proud. The proud heart does not want to think of itself as proud, which is a power of deception. Perhaps it is rare to meditate upon the pride in our own hearts, but that would be a mistake on our parts. When we come down with a physical disease, we turn all of our thoughts and powers to defeating that illness because we think it may kill us. Pride is perhaps the essence of spiritual disease, however, and the death it brings is spiritual and eternal.

There are certain physical diseases that we are to take tests every year or every so often to determine if we have it. These diseases are more treatable if we catch them early on. Disease will often have no obvious symptoms and so they sneak upon us and before we know it we are in the grip of a killer disease. If we take the time to get the test, the scan, or the procedure we may catch the disease before it gets a death grip upon us. The great issue with pride (and the self) is that we are born dead in sins and trespasses and we are full of pride. We don’t need a test to see if we have pride, we are born and as such we are born with a proud heart. This pride may present itself differently in different people, but it is there and it is operating with great power and it grows.

For the believer, however, this pride can be hidden in even different ways. We can be proud of spiritual things and not even recognize it. The unbeliever can be proud of religious things, but never spiritual things. The believer should meditate on pride and ask God to run a scan (so to speak) of his or her mind and heart so that this pride will come to light. Untreated pride will bring great spiritual illness to the heart. It is a terrible heart disease that will bring corruption to the whole soul. Imagine the believer being unconcerned about pride when Scripture is so clear that the proud person’s soul is not right and that God opposes the proud. Can one who truly loves God not care if God Himself opposes that person? Can a person that loves the kingdom of God not want to get rid of all that prevents the kingdom of God reigning in him or her?

Our pride opposes God and is opposed by Him. We should spend time meditating on that and praying for God to open our eyes to see our hearts. Our pride stands opposite of true humility and we should long for and desire humility because gives grace to the humble. If we love God with a true love (most likely a small amount and as such we will fight unbelief in this matter) we should long for Him to give us grace because He gives grace to the glory of His own name. Our love for God should move us to long for Him to remove pride from our hearts that we may have the life of the humble Christ dwell in us.

The power of pride is such that we do not see pride and we don’t understand the ravaging disease it is to our souls. We are taught in both Testaments that God loves the humble and the contrite and dwells with them. We are told to humble ourselves and pray. However, if we are blinded to our pride we don’t see that what we think of as our humility is really nothing more than indwelling pride. We need the expertise of a Divine physician who will make an accurate diagnosis and who alone can remove the problem. This should cast a lot of light upon the subject of free-grace. There is in each sinner that which not only opposes God, but opposes His grace and is the opposite of His grace. However, because God is God-centered and because Christ has truly and fully purchased sinners, God is moved to save sinners because of who He is. His grace is truly free from all conditions to be met by the sinners and is given because of Christ alone.

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