Remove the Rock of Pride – Luke 18:9-14
Proverbs 16:18 warns “Pride goes before destruction.”
We see the example of the results of pride when we remember Eve in the garden. Satan came to her in his sneaky, crafty way and tempted her to eat the fruit that God had forbidden saying, “You will not surely die, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God.” He appealed to Eve’s pride. She fell for the lie.
This opened the door for the troubles that then fell on all of mankind, of whom we are a part.
On the other hand, we see the Godly handling of pride when we read of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4: 1-1-11). Satan tried his best to tempt Jesus to get into pride. He suggested Jesus use his power to turn stones into bread after his 40 day fast,(appealing to His power), then he tried to get Jesus to throw himself done off a pinnacle,saying angels would bear him up. Next he tried to appeal to Jesus by telling him he would have all the kingdoms of the world if he would worship him. Jesus met the test with the word of God. He did not let Satan lure him into pride of who he was and what his power was.
We do not want to be like Eve when faced with pride. Psalm 73:6 says, “Therefore pride is about their neck like a chain.”
When we think of pride like a chain around our neck it helps to resist it, but it can be so tempting to want to set people straight when we are challenged in our opinions or behavior (especially when we know we are right). When these temptations come, let us determine to walk in the example Jesus provided and not fall for the temptation to let pride get a foothold. We don’t have to have that chain around our neck which takes our focus off Jesus and puts it on our grievances, stirs us up, and steals our peace. See pride coming and resist it in the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.