Pride was the subject presented by Jeff Busma in today’s teaching. He took us to the root of pride by citing Bible verses that suggest this sin can be easily masked by not-so-obvious behaviors. In Lev 26: 3-4 God tells His people, “If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, I will give you rain, the land shall yield its produce and the trees will bear fruit.” Lev 26:18-20 tells of God’s warning His people that should they disobey Him, He would punish them stating, “I will break the PRIDE of your power; I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze. All your efforts will be wasted.” It’s important to take the time to recognize potential roots of our pride. The ARROGANT church referred to in Rev 3:17 claimed to be in need of nothing. They failed to see their wretchedness. God responded by saying, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him and he with me.”
Pride’s job is to prevent us from seeing and accepting what the Lord has for us. Fear, anger, depression, self-pity can all have their roots in pride. Are we attempting to face life’s challenges on our own, thinking we know best, instead of giving it all to our Heavenly Father?