by Ronnie Floyd

The Perils of Pride
Ronnie Floyd
Daniel 4:1-37
May 22, 1994

INTRODUCTION: Are you a proud person? Are you pretty impressed with yourself? Your Abilities? Your gifts? Are you impressed with your level of education and your accomplishments? Your physical condition? Are you impressed with your success and position in life? Love human praise? Are you filled with a false humility that pats folks on the back, smiles at them, talks in spiritual language, saying to them what you think they want to hear? Does your mouth ever get you into trouble? Double-tongued? Unteachable?

Did you answer maybe or yes to any of these questions? If so, you are a proud person. Pride exists when you have an exaggerated view of yourself. It is when your behavior is arrogant. Pride is when everyone and everything has to revolve around you. Pride is when self is the center of everything. Pride is when the ego gets out of line and sits on the throne of your heart.

Pride is when you believe you can live your life like you want to. Pride is when you feel you can live by a different set of rules on the job, in the home, or in your spiritual life. Pride defies accountability! Pride tries to cut corners. Pride tries to make others look bad by casting suspicion on them, while trying to make yourself look better. Pride believes if you walked out, everything you were involved in would fall apart. Pride is when you are impressed with who you are and what you do in your life.

Is pride ever acceptable under God? No! The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:12, "Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall." Be careful. Pride is destructive!

T. S.: From the life of Nebuchadnezzar I want to share with you this message today entitled, "The Perils of Pride." There are four dangers, risks, or perils of pride that I want to share with you this morning. However, before I share these with you, permit me to place the entire story into the setting of Scripture.


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