Pride

“Humble yourselves… under the mighty hand of God…” 1 Peter 5.6

Pride is a turning away from God specifically to take satisfication in self.

John Piper, Future Grace, p. 87

I’m convinced that unbelief is the root of every single sin you & I commit. Romans 14.23 (ESV) tells us: “For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.” If faith is being satisfied in all that God promises to be and do for us in Christ Jesus, then our turning to anything or anyone else for satisfaction is not from faith, and God tells us this is sin.

I also believe that if unbelief is the root of all sin, then pride is the main trunk of the tree of sin. I’m not sure I can point to a specific chapter & verse from Scripture to verify this conviction, but think of it this way: if pride is indeed a turning from God and a turning to self, then all other sins flow from that. Lust is turning from God’s design to have a wide variety of physical desires met in accordance with His Word to meeting our flesh’s desires according to our own wishes. Impatience is turning from God’s perfect timing in all things to our own action and plans. Greed is not being satisfied that God promises to give you all good things through Christ Jesus. Instead, you long for more than He has said He will give you (think about that for a second; how silly, since “…He has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing the heavenly places…” Eph. 1.3, ESV).

Ultimately, these sins (and many others) branch out from this trunk of pride, bear their fruit in our lives, steal our joy in Christ, and weaken our faith in God.

“ Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches…” (Jeremiah 9.23, ESV) This is just one passage in which God commans us not to boast, be proud, turn from Him to self-sufficiency. In other words, it’s not ALL ABOUT ME!

So, how do I recognize pride in myself? I’ll look at this a bit more in another post, but for now, try on these two questions:

  • Are you driven to receive the approval, praise, or acceptance from others?
  • Do you have a hard time confessing your sin to God or others (not just in generalities, but specifics)?

For now, pray for humility, seek the mind of Christ & put off foolish pride. Look to Christ!

 

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