Summary: Distinguish between pride and honor in America: 13 reasons to hate pride.

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Text: Luke 14:7-11

© J. Clark Sneed

Fosterville Baptist Church

Sunday Morning, October 23, 2005

I. Introduction

a. The Basis of Humility: Jesus

b. The Barrier of Humility: American Culture

c. Confusing Pride and Honor

II. Body: 13 Reasons to Hate Pride

a. Pride will make you foolish. Pharaoh

Exodus 5:2

2 And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.

b. Pride will make you arrogant. Naaman

2 Kings 5:11

11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.

c. Pride will make you self-destructive and ugly. Uzziah

2 Chronicles 26:5,15,16

5 And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper. 15 And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented by cunning men, to be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stones withal. And his name spread far abroad; for he was marvellously helped, till he was strong.

16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense.

d. Pride will make you ungrateful. Hezekiah

2 Chronicles 32:25

25 But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done unto him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem.

e. Pride will make you mad. Hamar

Esther 3:5

5 And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath.

f. Pride will make you irrational. Nebuchadnezzar

Daniel 4:30

30 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?

g. Pride will make you drunk and stupid. Belshazzar

Daniel 5:4

4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.

h. Pride will influence you.

Psalm 10:2

2 The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.

i. Pride will embarrass you.

Psalm 11:2

2 For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.

j. Pride will enslave you.

Psalm 73:6

6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.

k. Pride will wound you.

Proverbs 28:25

25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.

l. Pride will lower you.

1 John 2:16

16 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.

III. Conclusion

a. Pride will destroy you.

Ezekiel 16:49-50

49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. 50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

b. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he will lift you up.

James 4:8,10

8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

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