By Gena Barnhill @BarnhillGena
Have you met people who appear puffed up and full of themselves as they tout their accomplishments?
We often label this puffed-up response to perceived success as prideful or boastful behavior—or self-worship. It is easy to recognize this form of pride demonstrated by people desiring admiration for their achievements.
Did you know there is another form of pride not as easily recognized? I had not considered self-pity as prideful behavior until I read John Piper’s explanation of pride. Self-pity seemed needy, not boastful. Piper wrote self-pity is the response of pride to suffering by those who believe they deserve admiration because of their suffering. He said the purpose of this attention-seeking behavior is not for others to view them as helpless and weak but as heroes.1
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One of the greatest dangers associated with the spirit of pride is that it can take subtle forms and leave most people unaware of their pridefulness. We all deal with pride to a degree. The Bible speaks about the dangers of pride.
First Peter 5:5 tells us to clothe ourselves with humility when we relate to one another because “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Pride is the opposite of humility.
Proverbs 16:18-19 says, Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.
Proverbs 6:17 tells us God hates haughty eyes.
Isaiah 2:12 says, For the Lord of hosts has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up—and it shall be brought low.
Psalm 101:5 Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure.
FAITH and giving God control of our lives destroy pride. We can ask ourselves: Is God in control of my life? Believing in God’s sufficiency for our lives and a humble heart kill pride. Self-reliance is not the solution. Dependence on God is the answer to extinguishing pride. We can trust Him to take care of us better than we can take care of ourselves.
F- Fall in love with God. He meets all our needs.
A– Ask God for forgiveness for prideful behavior and repent. Renounce and reject the spirit of pride.
I- Invest time in speaking with the Lord and listening to His response and guidance.
T– Thank the Lord for His forgiveness and faithfulness. Ask Him to fill us with peace and humility.
H– Honor the Lord with worship and a humble heart.
Do you recognize a recurrent pattern of pride in your family line or in the lineage of others you care for? How will you pray against this negative ancestral influence? Be sure to leave your thoughts on our Facebook Group Healing Prayer Discussion.
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1John Piper, Desiring God. (Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2003), 302.
*Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV).