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The 'I' of the Storm (4 of 6)
Series: Making the Grade
Pastor Jeff Schreve
A lion went out into the forest one day, out into the jungle. And he was swaggering, for he was a lion. And he came to a tiger. And he looked at that tiger, and he roared at that tiger, and he said, "Second rate, second class tiger, who is the king of the jungle?" And that tiger said, "Why, you are, mighty lion. You are the king of the jungle." The lion said, "That's right." So he strutted on over to the bear. And he said, "Hey, Mr. Bear, you hibernating bear. Who is the king of the forest? Who is the king of the jungle?" And that bear said, "Why you are, Mr. Lion. You are the king of the forest, the king of the jungle." And he said, "That's right." Then he went down to the pond and he saw a bull elephant. He said to that elephant, he roared at that elephant, and he said, "Hey, fat elephant, who is the king of the jungle?" That elephant looked at him. He took one of those big feet and he stomped on that lion's paw. And then he picked up that lion with his trunk and he dunked him down into the water. And then he pulled him back up and he flung him against a tree. And that lion just slid down to the base of the tree, and he said, "Look here, elephant. You don't have to get so mad just because you don't know the right answer." That lion had a problem with pride.
We are talking in our series in the book of Daniel, "Making the Grade." And we're going to look today about the sin of pride. You can't make the grade in life, you can't please God if you're proud. You just can't do it, because the Scripture says that God is opposed to the proud, but He gives grace to the humble. So if you are proud, you're never going to make the grade, and you're not going to please God.
Did you know pride, when the Lord talks about sins that He hates, that pride is the number one sin He hates? Proverbs chapter 6 and verse 16 says this: "These six things the Lord hates; indeed, seven are an abomination to Him; seven are an abomination to Him ." Seven of them are. There's another word. Repulsive, that's the word. "…seven are repulsive to Him: a proud look…." Right off the bat, a proud look. And the Amplified says, "The spirit that makes one overestimate himself and underestimate others." Pride. God hates pride. See, pride is that independent spirit that says, "I can do things on my own." And when God says He hates pride, pride is not so much an action; it's an attitude. William Barkley says that pride is the ground from which all other sins grow. See, a person who is proud, that person won't say, "I'm sorry." A proud person can't say, "I'm sorry." Pride won't let them say "I'm sorry." They can't say, "I was wrong." They can't say, "Please forgive me." See, they think they are somehow better than others. The prideful person says, "Look at me. Look what I have done. Look how great I am." The prideful person says, in effect ...
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