3 Ways To Combat Pride

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:3-5‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Philippians 2:3 popped up as the verse of the day on my Bible app and it just fits what I have been thinking about and studying this week and that is the subject of pride.

I posted a meme yesterday that pictures a fully armored knight who got hit with an arrow in the eye slit of his helmet. It pictured a Christian who was spiritual, they got taken out with pride.

Pride – inordinate self-esteem, a reasonable or justifiable self-respect, delight or elation arising from some act or possession or relationship.

There is a fine line between self-confidence and pride. There is a fine line between self-respect and pride. It all comes down to how you portray yourself and what you say when it comes to self-confidence and self-respect. I can be sure of my abilities, happy of my accomplishments, and thankful for my possessions without being prideful.

So how to I keep from being prideful? How do I keep from getting hit with that arrow of pride?

1. Have the mindset of humility.

We see in verse 3 above that we should esteem others better than ourselves. We shouldn’t think ourselves better than anyone else! The only difference between you and someone else are the decisions you made!

In God’s eyes, we are all sinners, we all deserve Hell! Jesus Christ loved each person so much He died and rose again for each person! He paid sin’s penalty for each person! So what makes you any better than your neighbor or the person you sit with in church.

Never think you are better than someone else, because when you do, that’s when you will fall!

2. Have the mindset of helping.

Verse 4 says to look on the things of others and not your own. When I see this, I’m sure it doesn’t mean that we need to look on other people’s things to see how much better we have it than them, but to see how we can help and be a blessing to others.

It’s hard to have a mindset of pride when you are focused on helping others. Helping others helps to keep you humble. Helping others helps keep you grateful. No matter how good you have it or how much stuff you have or how good you think you are, helping others will keep your eyes on others and not on yourself!

3. Have the mindset of holiness!

In verse 5, Paul tells us to have the mind of Christ. I Peter 1:16 states ‘be ye holy, for I am holy.’ When we have a mindset of holiness, there is no room for pride. This isn’t a mindset that says ‘I’m more holy than you, you need to get on my level.’ This is a mindset that says ‘Lord, let me grow closer to you each day and use me in whatever way you like.’

Pride will eat away at your humility, your willingness to help, and your holiness. It’s a fight to stay humble, it’s a fight to help others, it’s a fight to be holy….without letting pride creep in!

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‘Hotly Pursue’

We live in a time when we are quick to assume and quick to judge. We live in a society where if we were wronged, we have to get back or get even with the one who wronged us.

And sometimes, what we think happened to us or who we think hurt us, didn’t happen. We get so focused on the fact that we were wronged and that we have to get back, that we forget to stop and breath and actually figure out what happened.

I read a verse yesterday that made me think about these issues. “And Jacob was wroth, and chode with Laban: and Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my trespass? what is my sin, that thou hast so hotly pursued after me?” Genesis 31:36

This is the story of Jacob leaving Laban after working for him for many years. As they were leaving, Jacob’s wife, Rachel, took some of her father’s images with her. Once Laban found out, he was upset as he thought that Jacob was trying to steal from him and leave as quickly as he could. Laban pursued after Jacob, made his accusation, and searched Jacob’s camp but couldn’t find his images anywhere. Now, if you know the story, Rachel had hid them in the camel’s furniture and was sitting on them when Laban was looking. But as far as Jacob and Laban knew at this point, there were no images in Jacob’s possession.

Laban had chased after Jacob because he was angry. Jacob then became angry with Laban because he was falsely accused.

This sounds like the majority of Christians today, we are always thinking someone wronged us or is trying to hurt us. When we get to feeling this way, we do what Laban did and “hotly pursue” after that person to get back at them.

What happens when you ‘hotly pursue’ someone to get back or get even with them?

The first thing I notice is that you leave someone behind. When you are worried about getting even, you forget the effect it has on your family and those close to you. Laban left his house to go pursue after Jacob, he left his family and those in his care behind while he went and tried to get even.

The second thing I notice is that you leave your work behind. Laban had a household that he had to run and he left his work and making sure that the job gets down to go find Jacob. In life, when we focus on getting even and trying to get back at someone, we forget what our job is and what we should be really doing in life.

The third thing I notice is that when you ‘hotly pursue’ someone to get back at them, you may be the one who ends up looking like a fool. Laban ‘hotly pursued’ and it ended up backfiring on him. He was the one who caused a big scene and had nothing to show for it. When you try to get back or get even with someone, you may be the one who is ashamed of what had happened.

The moral of this lesson today is this, ask yourself is what that person did to me really worth my time? Do I need to go get even with them? Or should I just continue on doing what I am supposed to be doing and leave it at that?

If you retaliate, you are in the same position they are. In life, in the Christian life, someone may hurt you, someone my offend you, someone may wrong you, but don’t let it stop you from serving God!

It is not worth your time and effort to get back at someone for something they did to you. You will be better off if you continue to serve the Lord and work on being a better Christian!

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Spiritual P.T.S.D.

I am sharing this message that was preached by Bob Gray II on 4/7/2019. I listened to and even though a somewhat short message, it was filled with some powerful truths. The rawness and emotion was felt and it truly came from Bro. Gray’s heart and him being led by the Holy Spirit!

Below is the link to watch this message and I encourage you that you do and let it speak to you.

Spiritual P.T.S.D. – spiritual shock, spiritual distrust, spiritual burnout due to the dictatorial, manipulative spiritual leadership that was about building church kingdoms at any cost with no regard to the family structure and/or personal dignity.

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