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Root of All Sin

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Author: UEC Team
Date: October 26, 2016

Scripture

[ecko_quote source=" Proverbs 29:23"]A person’s pride will humble him but a humble spirit will gain honour[/ecko_quote]

Devotion

Pride is the great enemy of the Christian. It motivates you to do things that you know are not Christlike, and it hinders you from doing what brings glory to God. Pride influenced Adam and Eve to try to become like God (Genesis 3:5). Pride motivated Cain to murder his brother (Genesis 4:5) Pride provoked Joseph’s brothers to sell him into slavery (Genesis 37:8). Pride caused King Saul to resent David so deeply that he even tried to murder him (1Samuel 18:8). Pride led King Hezekiah to foolishly reveal his nation’s wealth to his enemies (Isaiah 39:2), Pride was at the root of the Pharisees’ anger toward Jesus. Pride was the reason the disciples argued over rank in the Kingdom (Luke 9:46).

If you succumb to its influence, there will be consequences. You may know that you have offended someone, but pride holds you back from asking forgiveness. You may realise you need to reconcile a broken relationship, but pride will lead you to deny that need. The Holy Spirit may convict you that you are living a sinful lifestyle, but pride will discourage you admitting it. Pride will convince you that you deserve better treatment. Pride will impede your serving others. Instead, pride will have you striving for places of prominence. Pride will have you listen to flatters and ignore honest counsellors. Pride will lead you to isolate yourself so that you are not accountable to others.

What's next?

Humility, on the other hand, is pleasing to God and places your life in a position where God will honour you. If pride has crept into some areas of your life, ask God to give you victory over it before it robs you of God’s will for you.

Source:Henry T Blackaby

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