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Danger in Pride

In his pride the wicked man does not seek Him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.

Psalm 10:4

Pride beckons you to buy into a lie that you are something you are not. Pride happens when you consciously or subconsciously aspire to the position of God and refuse to acknowledge your dependence upon Him. Pride is a rebellion against God because it attributes to self the glory and honor of God alone. Pride can be glaringly obvious when it takes on the form of arrogance, self-reliance, or boasting. But pride can also be deceptively sneaky when it takes on the state of worry and anxiety, exposing a lack of trust in God, or when it craves compliments or entertains overly critical views of oneself.

One way to overcome pride is to adopt a correct view of God. Remember that He is the Potter, and you are the clay (Isaiah 64:8). Pride creeps in when you have knowingly or unknowingly swapped places with God or when you have allowed Him to become small in your eyes. If this is true for you, you can stop right now and confess your pride to God. He is faithful to forgive your sin, cleanse your heart, and renew your perspective (1 John 1:9). When you have the right view of God, you will subsequently hold yourself and others in an appropriate mindset.

Pause to Ponder: Would you take a moment right now to ask God for help if pride is something for which you struggle? Humility forges the way for wisdom.

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