Do I Have Pride in My Life?

Pride was the original sin, and God HATES it.

Ezekiel 28:13-15 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

It sounds like Lucifer was the music director in heaven.

Isaiah 14:12-15 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Look at the one letter word I. This is how does pride shows up in our lives, and sometimes we don’t even recognize it?

Assuming there is nothing more to learn when someone is teaching: When a person immediately tunes out a teacher or pastor because he already knows the material, it’s an assumption that the learner knows everything there is to know about the subject. He sees the teacher as inferior in knowledge to him, and the teacher or pastor can’t teach him anything new. 

Not willing to perform certain tasks: When a person is not willing to do menial tasks, and his immediate thought is, “I shouldn’t have to do that. That task is for someone else.

If Jesus was willing to leave heaven and come to earth for me, then who am I to say I am too good to do what someone asks me to do?

Being too proud to ask for help: There are times in life when we all must admit that something is beyond our capacity, and we need help. The unwillingness to recognize our own shortcomings and ask for help is a sign of pride.

Feeling a need to always be teaching things: Have you ever been in a group where someone feels he needs to dominate the conversation and share everything he knows without giving other people an opportunity to speak?

Talking only about himself: When a person talks only about his accomplishments, his education, title, position, and/or financial status, is a sign of pride. The Bible says, “Be swift to hear and slow to speak…” (James 1:19). When we talk about only about ourselves, it reveals that we are focusing on ourselves and not focusing on the interests of others (Phil. 2:3).

Thinking himself better than others. This can be subtle form of pride. A person can appear to be humble and caring on the outside, yet in his mind, he secretly thinks himself better than other people who have different backgrounds, cultures, or experiences than his.

Ignoring the advice of others: When a person thinks he has all the answers to life and doesn’t need or see the value in other people’s perspectives, it carries the idea that he believes he can be successful and accomplish his goals without the counsel of others.

Consistently being critical: When a person constantly puts others down, it is usually because he has a deep-seated need to feel better about himself.

Needing attention and affirmation: When a person constantly has a need to be the center of attention in public or secretly and craves constant affirmation for his looks, accomplishments, personality, service, and intelligence, it’s because of his pride.

Not receiving constructive criticism: When a person struggles to allow other people to share helpful feedback into his life, it is a sign that he is too blinded by his own pride to see the value in what others are sharing with him.

Not submitting to authority: When a person is unwilling to submit to authority at work, church, at home, or in any relationship, it could be that person believes he could make better decisions than the person God has placed over him.

Ignoring people’s attempt to communicate with them: When a person consistently ignores those who text or email him, he is minimizing the importance of others and their communication. He is saying that some people are not important enough to invest his time.

Justifying sin instead of admitting it: When a person graciously points out a sin issue from the Scriptures to someone, and he gets defensive and begins to justify his sin, he is saying that he knows better than God.

Name-dropping: When a person consistently associates himself with people who have prominent positions and publicly drop their names in conversations, his pride hopes that people will think that he is as equally as important as the people he associates with.