through His Word
by Josie Siler
Pride has a dirty little trick up its sleeve.
Sneaky. That’s what it is; it’s a sneaky little beast that is hard to kill, especially when we’re unaware of its existence!
Pride can start out good. We can be proud of ourselves for overcoming a fear. We can take pride in a job well done. We can even be proud of resisting sin. These are all good things. So where does the danger lie?
The danger lies in taking things too far, getting in too deep. And that’s where pride’s dirty little trick comes in. The sin of pride slowly sneaks into good things and before we know it we find ourselves in the bondage of sin. We may look pretty on the outside, but inside we’re bound and bruised.
What does sinful pride look like?
The dream was so vivid that when I woke up, I wasn’t sure what was happening. Once I collected my senses, I immediately asked God to forgive me. Now, you probably think I’m crazy for repenting for a dream, but it was that sneaky little beast of pride I had to repent for.
In my dream I was speaking with a group of young girls about something. It was a good conversation until pride reared its ugly head. I heard myself stating a fact about how I have led my life. Now, there was nothing inherently wrong with what I said. It was the truth. The problem was in how I said it. My words were dripping with sinful pride.
I awoke with a start and knew it wasn’t just about the dream. I struggle with pride. It’s my downfall. I think that many “good Christian” guys and gals secretly struggle with pride. We’re proud that we’re “good” and haven’t committed any of those “big sins” like adultery or murder.
When I woke up, I asked God to forgive me for the pride in my life because the truth is that what I was proud of in my dream, I’m proud of in real life too. Sinfully proud.
Sinful pride can sneak into our lives so easily, but it doesn’t have to stay.
How can we overcome sinful pride?
Remember our sin.
I know this sounds a little, I don’t know, morbid, but it’s important to remember that even if we don’t commit the “big sins,” we do sin. In God’s eyes, sin is sin. Romans 3:22b-23 (NKJV)* says, “For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” I’m not saying that we should dwell on our sin, but we should remember that we do sin and fall short of God’s glory every day. It’s hard to remain prideful when we’re confronted with our sin.
Remember God’s gift.
Romans 6:23 reminds us that, “…the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” When we remember that Jesus went to the cross and died for our sins, pride falls away. Everything that we have, everything that we are, is because of God’s gift of salvation. Remember God’s gift.
Read God’s Word.
All it takes is a few minutes in God’s Word to remind us of our sin and God’s grace. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” If we ever wonder if our intentions are pure, if our pride has turned sinful, all we have to do is spend time with God in His Word and He’ll let us know the intents of our heart.
Give God Glory.
When pride sneaks in, we claim glory for ourselves. The most important thing we can do to combat pride is to give God glory. Acknowledge that any good thing you are, have, or have done (or haven’t done) is by the grace of God and His good favor. Knowing that will lead you to praise God for what HE has done. Deuteronomy 10:21 reminds us that “He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen.” It’s all about Him, not us.
By remembering our sin, remembering God’s gift, reading God’s Word, and giving God glory, you will be able to overcome pride and send that sneaky little beast packing! Which of these four things do you find most helpful when combatting pride? Is there another you’d add to the list? Share in the comments and let’s help each other overcome pride.
*All Scripture is NKJV.
© Copyright 2016 by Josie Siler
Josie is a photographer, writer, and biker chick who shares God's gifts of beauty, hope, and adventure. She also works part time at her church, is the vice president of Broken but Priceless Ministries and the editorial assistant for Broken but Priceless: The Magazine.
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