Pride has a sneaky way of creeping into our lives. We have to stay on the look out and stay on guard from this great evil. Pride can come packaged in a number of different ways but it all stems from the same source, self glorification.
While being boastful and conceited can be a show show sign of pride… it is not the only. Pride can also conceal itself and hide in:
- False humility
False humility says all of the right things and does all of the right things but it is within the heart, the person with false humility is puffed up, proud, arrogant, and yearns to be glorified. A perfect example would be the pharisees. They were the religious leaders, who said and did all of the right things, they tried to appear noble and humble but within their hearts, they questioned Jesus and His ways. They did not like the simplicity of His Gospel or the fact that he strayed from rules and religion because they wanted their fortitude and ability to keep the law to be exemplified. False humility craves to be glorified while yet appearing nice and humble.
Along with false humility, fear can also be a facade of pride. Recently, The Lord has shown me that fear can appear a number of different ways but that all fear stems from not being rooted in the love of God. 1 John 4:18 says perfect love cast out fear. The Lord told me that when I came into a full understanding and accepted the love that He has for me, I would not fear anything; (whether that be failure, attacks, judgement or loss)… He said that I would not fear anything. His love cast out all fear. When we fixate on our problems and settle in fear we are in so many ways, saying that our problem is too big or that our situation is too much for the love of God. We are glorifying ourselves and our situation – instead of God.
(We could also be revealing that we have not come into a full revelation of His love yet.)
I like the way the amplified Bible puts it…
“There is no fear in love [dread does not exist]. But perfect (complete, full-grown) love
drives out fear, because fear involves [the expectation of divine] punishment, so the one
who is afraid [of God’s judgment] is not perfected in love [has not grown into a sufficient
understanding of God’s love].” 1 John 4:18 AMP
Pride has subtle ways of sneaking into our lives but aware of the enemies devices and schemes we now know how to detect pride in its’ many fashions and resist the devil.
While pride can manifest as
- flamboyant conceit,
- false humility, or
it all stems from the same place…the heart.
God cares about the matters of our heart.
1 Samuel 16:7 says, man looks at the outer appearance but God looks at the heart.
May God give us eyes to see, ears to hear, and a special awareness to know when pride is arising in our own lives, so that we may humble ourselves unto God. May we not be ignorant to the devices and schemes of the enemy but rebuke and resist them on their onset. And, may be so rooted and full of the love of God that pride (of any kind) has no room in our life.
In Jesus Name.
So here is to identifying and uprooting pride & living lives of love in true humility.
Hoping all is well,
With lots of love,