Posted by: missionventureministries | July 6, 2017

PRIDE COMES BEFORE THE FALL – Proverbs 16:18

As part of the sanctification process that God would like to start with each one of us – one of the first things that God will be doing, through the power of the Holy Spirit, is to either take out or prevent certain types of negative qualities from entering into our personalities. And without question, one of the major negative qualities that God detests is pride. 

This cancerous, lethal, and destructive quality, probably more than any other negative quality, has brought down more kingdoms, toppled more empires, caused more wars, destroyed more marriages, ruined more friendships, and led more criminals into our jail systems than all of the other negative qualities combined. 

The spirit of pride has to be the absolute king of all the negative and destructive qualities that can enter into our personality – and no one is safe and immune from it. Therefore, all Christians, young and old, need to keep a sharp eye on this negative quality, and do everything not to let this spirit get a foothold and grip into their personality and mindset. 

God does not condemn us being joyful that we have accomplished something that pleases Him. However, as with anything else that may start out good, there is always the danger of possible excess. What starts out as a simple joy can start to grow into something much more deadly, if a person does not properly keep on top of it. 

One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is the fruit of self-control. Not only will a person need to use self-control to help keep a proper grip on this quality from getting out of control in their personality – but they will also need the help of the Holy Spirit to help them keep proper control. This is especially important for those who are called by God to work in any position of leadership within His church. 

Proverbs 16:18 states that: “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.” 

Here you see two key words “pride” and “haughty.” 

Webster’s Dictionary and several of the different Bible Dictionaries describe “pride” as: 

  • An unduly high opinion of oneself
  • A domineering spirit
  • Exaggerated self-esteem, conceit
  • A puffed up and inflated ego
  • Boasting – A conceited sense of one’s superiority

What gets some Christians into major trouble with the Lord is to fall into these categories.

Therefore, what can start out as a humble, justified, and reasonable kind of self-respect for one’s self and one’s own efforts and accomplishments in the Lord can quickly deteriorate and turn into pride where one starts to lose all sense of who they really are in the Lord. 

The other key word is the word “haughty.” Here is what Webster’s and some of the other Bible Dictionaries have to say about this negative quality: 

  • A prideful attitude and disregard for others
  • Lack of respect for others
  • Conceited, arrogant, superior attitude
  • An egotistical spirit
  • Haughty behavior resulting from arrogance

As we see in Scripture, the Lord uses some very intense and strong language when describing this negative quality. Not only does God call pride an actual sin in His sight, but He goes one step further and calls it an actual abomination! Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord (Proverbs 16:5). 

Whenever the Father is uses the word “abomination”– He is using the most extreme and intense word that He possibly can to let all of us know, without any other possible interpretation, that we are to have no part of the activity He is describing as an abomination. We are to avoid it like the plague. 

When God puts the qualities of pride and haughtiness in this abomination category – we know that He is giving all of us a very serious warning on this issue. 

Once pride starts to seep into someone’s personality – it has to be dealt with and neutralized with the help of the Holy Spirit. If it is not, then it will continue to grow and spread through that person’s personality and mindset. From there, it will start to seep into their emotions, actions, and behaviors. And once this negative quality starts to manifest into their actions and behaviors, then their judgment will start to cloud, and they will no longer be able to separate truth from error. 

Eventually they end up becoming their own little god, thinking they have answers to everything and that the entire world revolves around them and what they are trying to achieve and accomplish. They are no longer willing to be accountable to anyone else in their life, including God Himself. 

Their inflated sense of pride and ego; their pompous, arrogant, conceited, bossy, know-it-all attitudes convince them that they are smart enough to be in control of others.  

The Word says: Let no one boast in men (1 Corinthians 3:21). This is what happens to someone once the spirit of pride starts to enter into their personality, they will start to seek after their own glory; and everything revolves around them and only them. 

Christians who fall into this type of pride trap will not only start to try and steal the glory from anyone else who may be attempting to compete against them – but they will also try and steal the glory that would only be due to God Himself! 

This is why the Bible tells us that we have to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. We have to learn how to develop right thinking in our thought process. 

When God says that pride will come before a “fall” – He is giving all of us a major warning that some of these falls could end up being be very severe. We need to stay humble and accountable in our walk with the Lord; if we do not we will have to pay with severe consequences. 

We are not to glory in ourselves or to any other men and women in this life – and we are not to glory in our own accomplishments, in our own strength, or in any of the riches and wealth that we may have acquired in this life. The only Person that we are to glory to in this life is to the Lord Himself. 

Remember that with any type of position of leadership comes power and authority, and with power and authority comes the possibility of pride and corruption. THEREFORE, BEWARE!

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