PITFALL 1: DEALING WITH PRIDE-1
Job 18:10 “The snare is laid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in the way.”
Proverbs 8:13 “To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.” (NIV)
We have been dealing with the issue of pride in our previous meditations, considering what it is and how it takes hold of believers. Today, I want us to consider how to deal with it.
Once you can master some of these tips as well as the others which the Holy Spirit will reveal to you, you’ll sure break the hold of this sin and demonic force over your life.
1. DO A SELF-EXAMINATION
Psalms 139:23 “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:”
Psa 139:23 “Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me; Cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I’m about; “(MSG)
Each time I study the Psalms, I get insight into the things that made King David thick. He was so successful because he was a very sincere man. Sincere both to God, himself and his men.
Here, he submitted himself to God for scrutiny, he ask God to investigate his life and do a cross-examination of his heart and thoughts. The question for us here is; Can we face God’s cross-examination, especially as relates to pride?
If we are to take the stand in the court of heaven, to be cross-examined on matters of pride, what are the likely questions?
Knowing the questions and answering them sincerely will surely help in tackling pride in our lives. Here are some questions I put together and some from Wendell Winkler, for our cross-examination as relates to pride:
i) What goes on in my heart when people pass positive comments about me and my work?
ii) When asked to do a job that looks insignificant and unimportant, why do I choose to refuse it?
iii) Do I have a sense of satisfaction when begged to do what I ought to?
To be continued…
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