Faith and Pride 3

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.”

The attempt in this series of BLOGS is to look at the nature of faith and how impossible it is for a proud heart to have faith or live by anything but what comes from a proud heart. True faith works by true love (Gal 5:6), but pride works by self-love. True love comes from God and goes back to God, but self-love comes from a proud heart and is aimed at self. True faith comes from God and is aimed back at God, but the faith of self comes from a proud and selfish heart and is aimed back at self.

The natural man is full unbelief; it is not just unbelief that is located at one point. The natural man’s unbelief is a heart that is full of self and pride. All that a natural man can do comes from a heart that is full of pride and is aimed at his own benefit, whether than benefit is his own glory and honor or wealth or the esteem of others. Until that heart is changed in regeneration and that person has a believing heart, that proud and selfish heart will do all it does for self rather than for God. This is idolatry in all that the person does.

All the choices, thoughts, and words that come from a proud and selfish heart (unbelief) cannot be anything but against the living God. The proud heart is a lamp of sin which in that language it means that a lamp is what we walk by and directs us. A lamp is what gave light to people and they followed it. As such a proud heart that Scripture tells us is the lamp of the wicked is a proud heart. It is that proud heart that the wicked follow. It does not say that only the outwardly immoral follow proud hearts, but it tells us a proud heart is the lamp of the wicked and that proud heart is sin.

It would be quite a wise thing to do for each person start an examination of his or her own heart. It does not matter what we think of ourselves, what matters is what God thinks of us. This is to say that God sees us in the depths of our souls and knows us in ways we do not know ourselves. A person can be a very proud person and hate pride in others. A person can be a very proud person and think that s/he is quite humble. One reason for that is that pride and self-love blinds us to things about us and we simply cannot see the truth of our own hearts. We may think that we have faith and perhaps think that we have a lot of faith, but the truth of the matter may be that we have a lot of pride in our own supposed faith. It may be that all of our “faith” is really pride in self and our “faith” is really the work of self and all of our “faith” is really in self.

It is remarkably easy for a person to assume the best about self and assume the worst about others. This is the fruit of pride and self. It is also easy to be a positive thinking person regarding self and others, but again that is the fruit of self-confidence and pride. One can also be negative about self and that really be an effort to manipulate God, which again is nothing but pride. The work of pride is a work of self-love and as such it is not the work of God in the soul as true faith is. True faith, which comes from God, will always come from true love (God) and aim at the glory of God. True faith looks to God for faith and all things, yet false faith will look to self for the faith to look to God for whatever self thinks it wants. The proud heart is not right within that soul and is opposed by God regardless of how religious the person thinks that s/he is.

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