The Sin of Pride
The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?
Obadiah’s message was charging Edom with the sin of pride, and noting their arrogance would not be ignored. God judged Edom harshly for the sin of pride and the violent acts against Israel. There were other sins committed against God and Israel, and the quarrel between two brothers, Jacob and Esau, affected their descendants for over 1,000 years.
Pride seems to be the number one reason why God’s people are not usable in the work of God. Whatever it may be that keeps us from dying to self and living for God is ultimately the sin of pride. What will it take to bring someone to the point of brokenness? And, how much will we be willing to lose to save face or keep our pride in tact?
Why do we act out in such overwhelming bouts of pride and arrogance? We are sinners! “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world” (I John 2:16). We don’t understand the incredible sacrifice of God on our behalf, or realized the abundant grace, provision, and love, He has entrusted to those who believe. Why would we want to make life altering decisions based on self or pride, when we don’t know the future, the fruit it may bear or the finish of our life? Jesus said, “...for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5b).
Apart from being born again you cannot begin to overcome the deep-rooted sin of pride. If you do not know Christ, I encourage you to bow your heart, head and knee to the most Holy God. Believe in who He is–––repent of your sin and receive His full forgiveness.
Lord, I confess my sin of pride.