The PRIDE in Christians Is Destorying Others & the Work of God!
Senior Pastor Dan Barnes
The pride in Christians is becoming unbelievable! The work we are doing is suppose to be bringing glory to the Lord Jesus Christ, yet, it appears, that the glory is going to those who are doing the work and God is only a means to that glory! Can you hear the pastor, who has name his ministry after himself, ”God is using me to…”? Can you hear the Television Evangelist bragging on how God has used him to do this and to do that…?
Even in independent Baptist churches, many seem so proud of the crowds they are drawing and the souls they are winning. Our attractions are becoming more and more exciting and vibrant. Our music programs are loud and claim to be “spirit-filled.” Many churches, according to those running them, are the best and by the way there is no body better then their pastor. There seems to be a simple Bible verses that has been forgotten… “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” Psalm 127:1
Oh! Don’t get me wrong! I believe is working hard to bring people the foot of the Cross to meet the Saviour, Jesus Christ, but I also believe the only thing I am is a tools being used by God to do His great work! We must always remember… It is God winning and building and changing lives, as John the Baptist said, I am only a “voice” for God to use where, when, and how He chooses. If God chooses to give me some glory, I will accept and rejoice in it…but I must also remember when I am in the valley and no one will even speak my name, if that is what God chooses I must be content.
Several days ago, while sitting in a revival meeting, the Holy Spirit convicted my heart. He whispered in my ear “son, you are full of pride and you need to get right.” I was minding my own business. I wasn’t bothering anyone! All I’m trying to do is what God wants. But the truth became very evident as the Holy Ghost did His chastening. He began to point out things I knew where there, I just didn’t want to admit it because of my pride. But thanks be to God for His correction.
Christians are screaming for revival and not seeing it. Why? I think I can answer it: PRIDE!
II Chronicles 7:13-14 “If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among the people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
I want to focus on 3 words “shall humble themselves.”
The other stuff – I understand – I don’t mind praying or seeking God’s face or even turning from my wicked ways!
BUT that “humble myself” that is a tough one!
The word “humble” means = to be humble, be humbled, be subdued, be brought down, be low, be under, be brought into subjection.
If I have to humble myself that means I am something else other then humble!
And the opposite of being “humble” is to be full of pride, disrespect, rudeness, impertinence, conceit, bighead, arrogance, egotism, overconfidence, self-importance, condescension.
God warns about pride!
He tells the us in I Timothy 3 about the pastor
“Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.”
He tells us that pride will keep us from seeking God
Psalms 10:4 “The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.”
He tells us that pride will bring shame
Proverbs 11:2 “When pride cometh, then cometh shame:…”
He tells us that Pride brings contention
Proverbs 13:10 “Only by pride cometh contention:…”
He tells us that you can tell the pride of a fool by his words
Proverbs 14:3 “In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride:…”
God tells us that Pride will destroy you
Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”
God says that pride will cause depression
Proverbs 29:23 “A man’s pride shall bring him low:…”
God says that pride is not part of Him – but is of this world
I John 2:16 “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is
not of the Father, but is of the world.”Since pride is so destructive – since it can so easily entangles us – it would behoove us to learn to recognize it.
So how can we?
I mean, how do we know if we are slipping into the grasp of this sin?
To help you answer that question, here are some common symptoms that are found in prideful people.
Read and see if you recognize any of them in yourself.
1. Terrible prayer life!
2. Lack of Bible Study!
3. Always Angry at everyone who seems to be doing better than themselves.
4. A critical spirit.
5. Taking responsibility for any success they may have and making excuses for failures!
7. Always weary and ready to faint!
8. Longing to be praised and lifted up in front of others.
OUR PRIDE IS KEEPING GOD FROM BRINGING REVIVAL.
If we are going to see revival in America – it’s not going to come through any program we may invent. Or any worldly event that churches think are necessary to bring people to Christ. Though I believe we should be compelling people to come to church. But real revival, that only going to come through God and Him alone – but we must follow His plan to the letter! Then we will see God do amazing things in our great country! And we must begin by “humbling” ourselves. To be “humble” is not to be weak, “humble” is to be NOTHING in our own eyes! As a dead man!
A dead man response only to the call of God! Nothing else can move a dead man to action, only God’s voice! If I am “dead” to self…you can insult me and I will not responsed; and you can praise me and pride will not enter in…because I am dead to everything but the will of God for my life…humble!
Pride has taken hold and is choking the life out of America and the people of God! To heal this land we must “humble” ourselves!
Dan BarnesSenior Pastor
Lighthouse Baptist Church
105 Shun Pike
Nicholasville, Kentucky 40356