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By William Campbell
Elder, Mission Bible Fellowship 

Pride - A Great Deceiver

 


Imagine you’re facing an assassin, an assassin who has been hired to kill you. Now imagine handing him the weapon to kill you with. I know this is difficult to imagine and yet that is exactly what pride is like.

Satan, the great deceiver, comes to “destroy both body and soul” (Matthew 10:28). We give him the tool of destruction when we willfully become prideful.

Scripture records the following words, “I hate pride and arrogance” (Proverbs 8:13), “Pride goeth before the fall” (Proverbs 16:18) and “those who walk in pride he is able to humble.” (Daniel 4:37).

Pride says, “I can do this myself.” It argues, “I don’t need any help.” It screams, “I know what’s best.” It insists on “being right, over being righteous” Pride comes to us all! It may even appear as “Spiritual pride” which insists that “I’m too bad to be saved”…imagine telling God that his own son’s death on the cross may suffice to save some but He must to something extra to save you.

Pride is a form of arrogance. While the Bible calls us to humility (the very opposite of pride), we willingly indulge ourselves in prideful words and behavior. Make no mistake pride in itself is a sin.

Paul records in his letter to the Philippians, “Do nothing out of personal ambition or vain conceit but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look out not only for your own interests but also to the interests of others.

So, let us take care not to place a tool for our own destruction in the hands of the one who kills and deceives.

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