Pride (Part 9)

Zephaniah 3:11,12  “… then you will no longer need to be ashamed of yourselves, for you will no longer be rebels against Me. I will remove all the proud and arrogant people from among you. There will be no pride on My holy mountain. Those who are left will be the lowly and the humble, for it is they who trust in the name of the Lord.”

Zechariah 9:4-6  “… the Lord will strip away Tyre’s possessions and hurl its fortifications into the Mediterranean Sea. Tyre will be set on fire and burned to the ground. The city of Ashkelon will see Tyre fall and will be filled with fear. Gaza will shake with terror, and so will Ekron, for their hopes will be dashed. Gaza will be conquered and its king killed, and Ashkelon will be completely deserted. Foreigners will occupy the city of Ashdod. Thus, I will destroy the pride of the Philistines.”

Zechariah 10:9-12  Though I have scattered them like seeds among the nations, still they will remember Me in distant lands. With their children, they will survive and come home again to Israel. I will bring them back from Egypt and Assyria and resettle them in Gilead and Lebanon. There won’t be enough room for them all! They will pass safely through the sea of distress, for the waves of the sea will be held back. And the waters of the Nile will become dry. The pride of Assyria will be crushed, and the rule of Egypt will end. I will make My people strong in My power, and they will go wherever they wish by My authority. I, the Lord, have spoken!”

Zechariah 11:1-3  Open your doors, O Lebanon, that fire may devour your cedars. Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen, because the mighty trees are ruined. Wail, O oaks of Bashan, for the thick forest has come down. There is the sound of wailing shepherds! For their glory is in ruins. There is the sound of roaring lions! For the pride of the Jordan is in ruins.

Mark 7:18c-23  Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him, because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?” And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”

In Part 1 of this study, I stated that pride is the worst spiritual condition, as it puts a wall of contention between us and GOD. The spirit of pride is one of self-aggrandizement, and like anything that is selfish in nature, usually results in offensive and anti-social attitudes and behaviors. GOD Will Not Bless arrogance or pride, as those spirits are unholy, and will not be allowed into the Eternal Paradise that GOD Has Promised to His Children.  -revrob-

C.S. Lewis writes, in Mere Christianity, that pride is the “anti-God” state, the position in which the ego and the self is directly opposed to God. “Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison: it was through pride that the devil became the devil. Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind. In contrast, Lewis states that, in Christian moral teaching, the opposite of pride is humility and, in his famous phrase, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.”

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