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Pride: The source of All Sin (Part II of II)

Pride: The source of All Sin (Part II of II)

The Bible identifies numerous potential sources of pride–things that satisfy us, that fulfill or complete something in us, and that leave us content to live without God as a meaningful influence in all our living. Wealth and Possessions. “...because of your wealth your heart has grown proud,” God told the ruler of Tyre (Ezk. 28:5). Wealth is the most consistent breeding ground for pride mentioned in Scripture. Riches fool us into an artificial sense of security. Too many declare, “What need have I for God!?! My savings, my investments, my monthly checks are my security. My cash-flow is what gives me happiness,” as the grave draws closer and closer. Success and Accomplishments. “You say to yourself that you have defeated Edom,” God said to King Amaziah, “and now you are arrogant and proud” (II Chron. 25:19). Success fulfills our longing for significance. We became impressed with ourselves, with little or no regard for the Lord. Fame and Prestige. This was Uzziah’s problem. II Chron. 26:15-16, His fame spread far and wide... But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. Being well known can be exciting, particularly in our spectator culture that places such enormous value on celebrities. When we learn that others have heard about us or recognize us, it feeds our ego and temporarily satisfies our longing for self-worth. And God is completely ignored. Physical Beauty. This was another pitfall for the King of Tyre. Ezk. 28:7 (God speaking), “I am going to bring foreigners against you, the most ruthless of nations; they will draw their swords against your beauty and wisdom and pierce your shining splendor.” Too many of us live for the compliment, the smile, the passing glance. Physical attractiveness brings attention, and attention meets our need to feel significant. And God is completely ignored. God-given gifts and abilities. Deut. 8:17, (God speaking) “You say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ “Like money, our God-given gifts and abilities can be used to allow us to rely on ourselves rather than the Lord. Our talents give us the illusion of self-determination and control and draws us into concluding we ourselves have brought about our success and well-being, leaving God, once again, forgotten and far away. It is a sad fact of life that many Christians, because of pride, will spiritually elevate themselves above others, feeling they are more devoted to ...

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