– Taiwo Akinyemi
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Genesis 3 (NKJV)
4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.
5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
This is what the devil said to the woman that opened her eyes and let pride in for in the very next verse she suddenly saw all the advantages of touching and eating the fruit.
Genesis 3 (NKJV)
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
Like we said a few days ago, it wasn’t until after the devil spoke to her that she suddenly realized that she needed the fruit of the tree. Suddenly, she saw it was going to make her look good and pride set in.
Pride shifts our focus to self and as long as we are the focus God can do nothing. Like in the example I gave yesterday of the choir, even when you are good at what you do never let it get into your head for if you do, pride will set in and it will be all about you and not God.
However, a person can still be full of pride even when they are not good at what they do. They could be the worst failure ever and still be so full of conceit. They are not teachable but instead are full of arrogance. They use pride – (ego and self-image) to protect themselves and to cover their feelings of insecurity.
And finally there are those who are so lifted up in their hearts but pretend to be humble. They appear humble on the outside but are lifted full in their hearts and this is probably the worst case of pride because you deceive others and sometimes you might even deceive yourself.
However God knows and is not deceived by how you appear. So whatever the case, God knows the truth and see what God says in the two scriptures below about pride.
James 4 (NKJV)
6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.
1 Peter 6 (NKJV)
5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.
The bottom line is this – once pride sets in; you are stuck in a life of struggle because God resists the proud. You will struggle, talk about how good you are, wonder why people who you think are losers appear to get ahead, you will be full of yourself and be lifted up in your heart; yet nothing will work or change.