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Proverbial Pride (9 of 11)
INTRODUCTION: Early in my ministry I thought that I had to master something in my own life before I was able to speak on it. But it didn't take long before my repertoire was extremely limited. But I learned that my authority to speak on a matter doesn't come from my mastery of the subject, but from the authority of scripture. I'm especially grateful for the Word of God this morning as I am talking about something I have certainly NOT mastered. The subject of Pride and Humility.
Churchill said of his political rival Clement Attlee, "He is a humble little man, with much to be humble about".
The 2nd part of that is very true of me, but the first part isn't. I have much to be humble about... but I'm not very humble. But I can say that I am pursuing humility.
CONTEXT: One of the most consistent themes in Proverbs is that we are called to wage war on Pride.
It seems if you are going to do overcome pride there are three things you must understand.
1. You need to know what Pride is
2. You need to know how to recognize it in your life
3. You need to know how to wage war on Pride.
1. What is Pride?
a. Pride Was the First Sin
Ezekiel tells us of that great ArchAngel Lucifer - "Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor."
Isaiah 14:13-14 (NASB95) tells of Satan's 5 I will statements 13 "But you said in your heart,
• 'I will ascend to heaven;
• I will raise my throne above the stars of God,
• And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north.
• 14 'I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
• I will make myself like the Most High.'
Not only was Pride the first sin...
b. Pride is the Essence of Every Sin
When Satan tempted Eve in the Garden he told her, "go ahead and eat... you will be like God, knowing good and evil"
Pride is you thinking you know more about the situation ...
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