Faith and Pride 2

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

Psalm 94:4 They pour forth words, they speak arrogantly; All who do wickedness vaunt themselves.

Proverbs 8:13 “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverted mouth, I hate. 16:5 Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; Assuredly, he will not be unpunished.18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.

Proverbs 21:4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, The lamp of the wicked, is sin. 29:23 A man’s pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor.

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

It is one things to tell people that they are in unbelief and that they must believe or have faith if they can do that in their own power, but it is quite another if we look at the nature of unbelief and then of belief. If the nature of unbelief is really a person full of self and pride, then it will change how we look at how a person can repent of that self and pride and believe (be a person of faith) completely and totally in Christ. This surely shows us that it takes another and greater power to work in the soul for this to happen. We can also clearly see that a person under the power of self and pride only has the ability to trust in self and pride. We can then see that the unregenerate person is a person that is under the power and love of self and pride and does not have the power to cast out pride and self. As long as a person is under the power of self and pride, that person has nothing to cast out pride and self with.

As long as people think of unbelief as simply a state of mind of which they have the ability to change their mind and make a decision to have belief or faith, then the issue of what it takes to be converted will remain lost on them. It is virtually an infinite difference between a person just making a choice to believe versus the need to have God drive out self and pride in order that a person may believe. If faith is far more than a simple belief which is the modern view and appears to be what Finney and those who follow him have practiced evangelism based on that, then things must change to be in accordance with the truth. It seems as if all of professing Christianity has bought into that version of things and as such people are being greatly deceived. The proud soul is not right before God and regardless of what that proud soul believes are practices that is all done from a proud heart and is not right before God.

Proverbs 8:3 tells us that God hates pride and arrogance. We must take note of that and not just let the words slide off of us. The true and living God hates pride and arrogance. This should chill us to the depths of our souls and let us know that a God of love does not love all and does not love all things. This teaches us something if we will take notice and pray for God to give us light. Proverbs 16:5 teaches us that all who are proud in heart are an abomination to God. How, then, is it possible for a person to simply turn him or herself from unbelief to faith and as such God responds and saves that person? The person is full of pride and self and yet from the power of that pride and self is able to turn self from unbelief to belief? The person has a form of faith that is the work of pride and self. Do we really think that God will save that person that is an abomination to Him because of their pride when He opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble?

The proud heart opposes the true God and the true God stands in opposition to the proud heart. Until that proud heart is broken and humbled, it is in bondage to its pride and can do nothing to please God and that includes coming up with a proud belief or faith. A natural man (non-regenerate) is under the power of pride and self and no faith or belief can come from that man that is not from pride and self. True and biblical faith (the kind of faith that a converted person is given by the power and grace of God) is a faith that is rooted in the soul of a person that has been delivered from the heart of unbelief that consists in pride and self. One has to be delivered from unbelief (pride and self) before one can have true faith/belief. Pride and faith (again) are complete opposites of each other.

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