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The Fiery Darts of the Evil One - Pride

1 Peter 5:5b-9; Ephesians 6:10-20; Various

The Fiery Darts of Pride

1 Peter 5:5b-9; Ephesians 6:10-20; Various

I used to have to remind my oldest son of his pride. He would simply smile and say, “I’m the humblest.” They don’t give out awards for humility. But they do give out a lot of awards that give people a mighty big head.

And most of us don’t like to hear people rattle off all their accomplishments and achievements. Most of us don’t do that. But we do like to build ourselves up in our own eyes and in the eyes of others. A little bragging and a little of people stroking our ego often makes our heads too big to go through the door.

For Christians, our pride can cost us big time. John calls it “the pride of life” in 1 John 2:15-17. He says it is earthly and not of God. Those who are prideful are worldly. And John reminds us that the world will pass away but those who follow God’s will shall live eternally.

My Grandma used to say “Pride goeth before the fall.” I didn’t know at the time that she was quoting Proverbs 16:18 which says, “ Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”

Satan uses the fiery dart of pride to get us to believe we’re great, or to believe that our way is the only right way, or to believe that others are inferior to ourselves. Pride opens the door to sin: ingratitude, conceit, envy, coveting, stealing, adultery, murder, rebellion against God. And usually the person who is struck with the fiery dart of pride has a hard time realizing what it has done to them or that they are even dealing with the sin of pride. Satan himself was removed from heaven because of his pride (Is 14:13-14; Ez 28:17; 1 Tm 3:6).

So what do we do. We have to keep our eyes low and humble ourselves. How do we do this. We put on the attitude of Jesus Christ. Philippians 2:5-11 says, “ In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

I believe that humility and submission are key to living a strong faith and walking close to God.

James 4:6-10 - “ God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

1 Peter 5:5b-9 -All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

Either humble yourself or be humbled by God.

-Prayer

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