Devotion: PRIDE AND DESTRUCTION
Isaiah16:6-14; Jeremiah 48;29-46. | Daniel 4:1-37. | Acts 19:24.
The Proud man is one who is self conceited[one so full of himself as to think extremely highly of himself; a man with a personal overrated report]. A proud man is self sucken hence intoxicated by the thoughts of self. The proud trust so much in himself and rips regard from the One to whom it is due. >“Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God.”[Habakkuk 2:4 NLT].
It is a more than proven fact that pride goes before destruction. Going by the encounters of people and even of nations who have puffed themselves up at some point, it is no longer news that Pride and destruction walk hand in hand like twins. Even the Bible states it clearly in >Proverbs 16:18 (NLT)==>“Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.”
One of the detestable things the world has to offer is pride. >“For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.”[1 John 2:16 NLT]. Pride is not from God. Feeling bloated by person achievement is pride. It is not part of the original intent of God. Pride is of the world and not of the Father. And because from the beginning it isn’t so, even now it shall not be so. >“Stop acting so proud and haughty! Don’t speak with such arrogance!…”[1 Samuel 2:3a NLT].
The Lord says =>19)“I will break your proud spirit by making the skies as unyielding as iron and the earth as hard as bronze. 20)All your work will be for nothing, for your land will yield no crops, and your trees will bear no fruit.”[Leviticus 26:19-20 NLT].
The Lord hates pride, to Him it is sin.
>“Haughty eyes, a proud heart, and evil actions are all sin.”[Proverbs 21:4 NLT]. >Proverbs 8:13b(NKJV)==> Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.”
O pride and the proud why would you allow the Lord Almighty, to break you? In breaking the pride of the proud, He shuts the heavens above against them, and causes the earth to yield no fruit; he makes them unfruitful and frustrates the works of their hands. This is definitely not a good place to be.
Beware therefore of the lump of PRIDE OF THE PROUD.
- Let your soul bless the Lord.
- Speak in the language of the Spirit for 15 minutes.
- Cry out to God to deliver you from the lump of the pride of the proud.
- Pray that this day God will help you to identify pride and it’s root as it applies to your life, and you be set free.
- GOD HATES THE PROUD.