PRIDE: SATAN’S TOOL
“Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.” Pro. 16:18
A boastful or proud spirit is not conducive to salvation and walking with God. Pride blinds the mind to one’s true condition. The Scriptures speak often about the attitude of faith that does not trust in one’s own righteousness. Paul said,
“9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,” Phil 3:9
A good man of God can be destroyed by Satan if he allows pride and boasting to become part of his character. The Apostle Paul understood the folly of trying to establish one’s own righteousness. Paul wasn’t perfect and he didn’t flaunt how smart or informed he was. He didn’t boast the way satan would tempt him to. Why? Because he was imperfect and understood that only the righteousness of God on the basis of faith could save him.
There’s no perfect Christian today. We make mistakes which is why it’s vain to put up a front of perfection. As a Minister of the Gospel, I have seen the devil use pride and boasting as a wedge to slowly draw men away from the faith. It’s OK to be wrong. You are human and God is patient and forgiving to the humble. God is the only one that’s perfect.
Are you puffed up? Are you tempted to gloss over little mistakes? Is your pride damaged if you are corrected? Do you fear losing your standing if you are proven to be wrong on a particular issue? If you are trying to establish your own righteousness, you will see any correction as an attack instead of a help. If you are always trying to prove your superiority, you will become inferior.