Pride-Part 1 The Effects of Pride

The Effects of Pride

“God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,

 1 Peter 1:5b-6 NKJV

The word resist in the original language literally means to oppose militarily. However, many believers do not take God seriously in the area of pride because it is so socially accepted.

Though the Lord is on high, Yet He regards the lowly; But the proud He knows from afar.

 Psalm 138:6 NKJV

When we are separated from God we are also separated from His provision and protection. Many want to reject the presence of God, while expecting to keep the protection and provision of God. God can only keep what is committed to Him.
for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
 2 Timothy 1:12 NKJV
Pride tops the list of things God hates.
These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:

A proud look…,
 Proverbs 6:16-17 NKJV
I believe pride stinks in the realm of the spirit.
The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.

Proverbs 8:13 NKJV
Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.
 Proverbs 16:18 NKJV

Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; Though they join forces, none will go unpunished.
 Proverbs 16:5 NKJV
A haughty look, a proud heart, And the plowing of the wicked are sin.
 Proverbs 21:4
A man’s pride will bring him low, But the humble in spirit will retain honor.
 Proverbs 29:23

When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.
 Proverbs 11:2
Pride if it goes unchecked will always lead to destruction. Many strong men in the past have been destroyed by pride.

 Pride leads to deception.
But when his heart was lifted up, and his spirit was hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him.
 Daniel 5:20 NKJV

The pride of your heart has deceived you, You who dwell in the clefts of the rock, Whose habitation is high; You who say in your heart, ‘Who will bring me down to the ground?’
 Obadiah 1:3 NKJV
A person who is prideful is not thinking rationally. Pride messes up one’s entire mentality and thinking processes. The more proud you are the dumber you are and don’t know it.
For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
 Romans 12:3 NKJV

“To think soberly”- sophronein- to be in one’s right mind. “conceit is treated as a species of insanity.”
Word Studies in The Greek New Testament –Kenneth Wuest
Your mind is your operating system through which you view the world. Your perception of everything will be skewed if pride is allowed. Pride will cause you to believe a lie. The most proud about the Word are the least knowledgeable.
The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way.
 Psalm 25:9 NKJV
It is possible to be so prideful that repeatedly reject the dealings of God and come to a point where they are beyond the conviction and dealing of the Holy Spirit.
 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud, But He will establish the boundary of the widow.
 Proverbs 15:25
Pride is at the root and is the strength of all sin.

However, pride is not as some erroneously assume, acknowledging who you are in Christ. Many hear us say that we are the righteousness of God in Christ and accuse us of being arrogant. Others because we boldly declare that we are healed by the stripes of Jesus confuse it with pride. We are not in pride because we know we did not make ourselves these things. However to fail to acknowledge these things would be pride, because we are exalting our assessment of ourselves over what God says we are. The apostle Paul, who wrote the majority of the New Testament, would be accused of pride if he were here today.
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
 1 Corinthians 15:10 NKJV
I still am what God says I am but by God’s grace.
For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I MAGNIFY MY MINISTRY,
Romans 11:13 NKJV
Pride cuts in on our grace.
6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “ God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
 7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
 James 4:6-7 NKJV
Without God’s grace we cannot do anything. God’s grace is His enabling. God’s grace provides His deliverance in our lives.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
 Ephesians 2:8 NKJV
“Saved” is the word “sodzo” and it is not just fire insurance for the “sweet-by-and-by”. (Saved -sodzo and salvation-soteria are the words in the Greek, only one is a noun and the other a verb). It literally means deliverance from all evils and perfect soundness. James uses the same word sodzo in regards to physical healing.
And the prayer of faith will save (sodzo) the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

James 5:15 (NKJV)
Humility is a qualifier for the joy of the Lord.
The humble also shall increase their joy in the Lord..
Isaiah 29:19 NKJV
The reason some people are so miserable is because they refuse to deal with pride. Pride is so subtle you need revelation to see it. Because the nature of pride is deception, God will have to reveal it to you. Pride affects every personality type. We tend to associate pride with the more boisterous of personalities. The truth is, the person who seems “mousy” could be in pride because he refuses to do what is right because he is afraid of what people think. Why is he afraid of what people will think of him? Pride. No one is immune to pride. There will never be a day when you can say, “I have beaten pride.” Pride is part of the nature of the flesh. As soon as you think you have no pride, its deception has dug its tendrils into your soul. Pride has deceived you.

 The Lord can only give us what we have humility to receive.

There are things if we had the humility to receive them, would cause us to grow and put us ahead. We have all known people that we could have helped had they listened to us. Yet you dare not broach the subject because it would be the end of that relationship. It is the same with the Lord. The thing that might irritate you the most and make you the maddest, probably would be the thing that would put you ahead light years spiritually, mentally, emotionally, financially, and in your physical health. But God knows what you are willing to receive. Our willingness to receive has to outweigh our pride.
If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority.
 John 7:17 NKJV
If any man desires to do His will (God’s pleasure), he will know (have the needed illumination to recognize, and can tell for himself) whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking from Myself and of My own accord and on My own authority.

For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one A MEASURE OF FAITH.
Romans 12:3 NKJV
Pride is a conceited sense of one’s superiority—making yourself something you are not.

Martin Luther said that pride is the head, life, and very nature of all sin. Humility, which is the opposite of pride, means that you acknowledge every good thing in you is from the Lord and not from yourself. In the above verse, the apostle Paul tells us that we are not supposed to think more highly of ourselves than we ought but think, but to soberly judge our measure of faith. Note the New King James translates that verse “a measure of faith”. That is a correct translation. The King James Version translates it “the measure of faith”. Whole doctrines have been built around “the measure of faith” but that is an improper translation. The definite article “tays” (translated “the” in English translations) is not in the original Greek.
For by the grace (unmerited favor of God) given to me I warn everyone among you not to estimate and think of himself more highly than he ought [not to have an exaggerated opinion of his own importance], but to rate his ability with sober judgment, each according to the degree of faith apportioned by God to him.

Romans 12:3 Amplified
The reason that is important to point out is because we miss out on the meaning of this verse because of a mistranslation. Pride always tries to intrude into areas that are beyond their current level of grace and faith. Some believer’s hear the valid message that they can have what they believe for and say (Mark 11:23). However, they do not evaluate their present level of faith and try to believe God for new Cadillac when they have never believed God for a tank of Gas. Their pride will not allow them to admit that they do not have “Cadillac” faith. When you see them twenty years from now they will still be “believing” for that Cadillac and never progress enough to believe for a tricycle. Start off believing to pay your payments on time on car the car you have now.

Pride will attempt to manifest at the height of success.
Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.
1 Timothy 6:17 NKJV
Some people when God starts blessing them fall out of church attendance. They stop getting in the Word for themselves. Sometimes, because they get blessed they begin to think they don’t really need to let God change them anymore. They start thinking that those areas of character and sin that God has been dealing with them about are not important. Satan will whisper in their ear, “See there, those areas God has been dealing with you about are not that important after all. Look at all you have accomplished.” Then they make spiritual shipwreck. They look up and they are far away from fellowship with the Lord. However, if we keep a humble attitude God promises to give us richly all THINGS to enjoy.
6 Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, And do not stand in the place of the great; 7 For it is better that he say to you, “Come up here, “ Than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince, Whom your eyes have seen.
 Proverbs 26:6-7 NKJV

10 But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. 11 For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
 Luke 14:10-11 NKJV
Pride hinders our advancement and promotion.
Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud,But gives grace to the humble.”
1 Peter 5:5 NKJV
Pride hinders our promotion. God wants to exalt us. He just does not want us to exalt ourselves. We exalt Him and He exalts us. We often read this verse especially in Proverbs, and think it does not apply to us. We do not often get to hobnob with kings and princes. But it is a matter of protocol when dealing with God’s anointed.

One way we can apply this verse is when a guest minister comes to town. Do not approach them before they are going to minister. This can distract them from what God wants to speak through them. In the past I often drove guest ministers to meetings in our local church. My rule of thumb is that I would not speak to them unless they spoke to me (that is them beckoning to come up here). But pride believes they are more important than what God is wanting to do and will sabotage the whole meeting for their own attention. It grates on me when people mob the guest speaker before a service.

Another application of this verse pertains to when you ask for a meeting with your pastor or another minister. Some people ask for a meeting and then talk the whole time. They want to wow the minister with their intense knowledge. Then why would want counseling? This is deep but true, counseling means that the one from whom you seek counsel speaks, and you shut your gob and listen. I know this is profound but it is true nonetheless. Doing all the talking is exalting yourself in their presence. If they don’t humble you, your circumstances will, because you will not receive the counsel to overcome the mess you are in (that required counseling to start with). If a minister is a true representative of Christ they will only allow that a few times and then counseling will cease until you are ready to listen. Also if you refuse to do anything received in that counseling session, then that minister has nothing else to say to you until you do what they told you last.

Also when you are in a counseling session or visiting a with a senior minister, let them control the conversation. Sometimes people are asking all the wrong questions because they do not even know enough to ask the right questions. You don’t know what you don’t know, because you don’t know it.

And finally, you cannot receive in all day counseling sessions what missed on Sundays spent out on the lake! The prideful wants to forsake the local church and then tie up the minister in all day counseling sessions. This will hinder that minister’s ability to minister the rest of the congregation because they cannot get into the Word of God and commune with God in prayer to receive fresh inspiration.
So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables.
 Acts 6:2 NIV
We as ministers have to be careful that we do not want so badly to feed our ego that we allow people to eat up all of our time. Some ministers feel a sense of self importance because they feel someone needs them when they eat up large sums of their day in fruitless counseling sessions. You are not being a good representative of Jesus if you allow that to happen.

-- Rev. Travis Johnson was born again and Spirit filled in May of 1994. He accepted God's call to ministry in 1996. He graduated from Faith Bible Institute in 1997. He is recognized as an anointed Bible Teacher. His desire is to, along with other ministers of the Body of Christ, empower believers to interpret the Bible for themselves and make the Word of God applicable to be successful in day to day life. Travis currently lives in Arkansas with his wife and daughter.
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