Faith and Pride 5

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.”

As long as a person is full of pride and his or her life is guided by pride and that pride is the very light (the person thinks) by which a person lives, then it is not possible for that person to live by faith in Christ. As long as a person is controlled by pride there is no faith in that person and as such that person is unconverted. This is a vital point that perhaps cannot be stated too strongly. A proud person does not have a soul that is right within him or her. A proud person, which the text sets out as being in contrast with the righteous, cannot live by faith. In Galatians 2:20 Paul said that he had died and that he lived by faith in Christ. In that we see the two different springs that flow from human hearts. We have the spring of self and pride which Paul said that he died to. Then we see the spring of Christ which flows from the regenerate heart. It is the heart that dies to self and dies to pride that can now have the spring of true life which flows from Christ to His people.

Until proud hearts are humbled, people will live by the darkness of pride. Until proud hearts are humbled, the light of people that they follow will be the light of pride and self. Until proud hearts are humbled, pride and self will prevent any true righteous living. Until proud hearts are humbled, people with hearts like that are abominations before God. Until proud hearts are humbled, people with those hearts are on the way to destruction. Until proud hearts are humbled, those with those hearts speak arrogantly and exalt themselves. Until proud hearts are humbled, those with those proud hearts (at the least) have what God hates.

Those with proud hearts are in a desperate state. The Scriptures are clear what people are who have proud hearts. The Scriptures are clear about the states of unbelief that people are in that possess proud hearts. These proud hearts control what people look at, what people love, what people say, and all that they do. It is pride that people live by rather than Christ. Once again, pride is the opposite of faith and one must have faith in order to have Christ. Pride is the opposite of the humble Savior as well. The Lord Jesus had to humble Himself to take human flesh. The proud are exalting themselves and their flesh rather than Christ. The Lord Jesus, being found in human flesh, went to the cross and died in the place of sinners. The proud exalt self and live for self at the expense of others.

Those with true faith have Christ who was perfectly humble and He works His humility in them. The proud only have faith in themselves and their own ways. The proud can be quite religious, but all religious actions that the proud do are done for themselves and are done to obtain something from God and man. The proud are like the devil and live for themselves rather than God. The proud trust in self rather than God and that is a hideous sin against God. The proud love self rather than God and that is a violation of the Greatest Commandment of God. The proud, in doing all for self rather than God, are gods to themselves. The proud will think that s/he can trust Christ enough to be saved, but their trust is really in themselves rather than Christ. The proud do all of their religious actions out of self-love and that means that all of their religious actions are really the height of hypocrisy and wickedness. Dare we tell the proud that all they have to do is believe some facts when their hearts hate God and are opposed to Him in all they do? Do we really dare to tell the proud that they don’t truly have to be deeply humbled before they can truly believe?

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