Summary: Pride comes before the fall the Bible tells us. Then why is this such a big problem in the lives of many Christians. Let’s look at a view from God’s word.

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Let’s Put away our Pride

Pali, this bull has killed me." So said Jose Cubero, one of Spain’s most brilliant matadors, before he lost consciousness and died.

Only 21 years old, he had been enjoying a spectacular career. However, in this l958 bullfight, Jose made a tragic mistake. He thrust his sword a final time into a bleeding, delirious bull, which then collapsed. Considering the struggle finished, Jose turned to the crowd to acknowledge the applause. The bull, however, was not dead. It rose and lunged at the unsuspecting matador, its horn piercing his back and puncturing his heart.

Just when we think we’ve finished off pride, just when we turn to accept the congratulations of the crowd, pride stabs us in the back. We should never consider pride dead before we are. Craig Brian Larson.

[20] And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. [21] For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, [22] Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: Mark 7:20-22

Pride is self-exaltation, conceit, arrogance, haughtiness, putting oneself above others, looking down upon others, scorn, contempt.

Pride can be hidden in our heart as well as openly displayed. God resists the proud.

“Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits” (Romans 12:16).

“And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know” (1 Cor. 8:2).

“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world” (1 John 2:16).

“The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined” (Psalm 10:2).

Why are we called to put away pride?

Because God tells us that HE resists the proud.

But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. James 4:6

Grace is the favor and blessings of God.

When we face temptation or do wrong, God meets our need: strength, wisdom, power, perseverance, patience, forgiveness.

In fact, we see in this verse God gives more grace, that is, grace upon grace, grace and more grace.

But not every believer and not every person receives God’s grace.

Meeting our need is not automatic, not everyone’s needs are met.

In fact, God’s word tells us the very opposite is true.

If a person is proud—if he is stiff necked, haughty, and rebellious against God—God resists that person.

God desires to pour His grace out upon us, but if we harden and rebel against God and continue to live in sin, God has no choice. God is shut out of the person’s life; so for a season at least, grace is rejected.

God can do nothing for the person.

God has to resist the person. He has to consider the person...

· a rebel

· a curser

· an antagonist

· a traitor

· an enemy

· a sinner

God stands against the sinner and the evil in their lives.

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