kinds of pride are there? Are you proud of your children? Do you take pride
in your appearance?
You may be immensely pleased
that you are doing a good job at your line of work and you may be pleased
with your children and you take pride in your appearance being always neat
Good pride involves dedicating
oneself to achieving one's highest potential, both in one's character and
Personal pride is often destroyed
by government by making citizens a means to accomplish
That is not the type of 'pride'
we will be discussing more about here. It is another kind of pride which
is considered to be a character
30:32 "If you have done foolishly in lifting up yourself or if you
have thought evil, lay your hand upon your mouth."
A person can eliminate arrogance
by simply deciding to be a person of humility
gentleness and by
seeing his arrogance for what it is, a cover for fear and insecurity.(one
will only see his faults if he sincerely
wants to, and then how?).
You can recognize an arrogant individual; they
don't listen with an ear to consider anything better, for themselves
or for others:.Zephaniah
2:15. That's one reason we still have poverty, disease and lack after
thousands of years of history.
Arrogance, being a form of
selfishness, prevents one from moving forward and eventually takes him
or her down to awaken them. It's like a law. It always works that way,
but arrogant people will not see it until it's too late to alter their
course. That's why Christ
talked so much about changing, called repentance
in the Bible.
A destructive thing is one
who possesses arrogance with carelessness, typical of tinpot dictators
and uncaring politicians, uncaring that is, until it comes to them wanting
again for the public to elect them.
A person run by the pride
ego dictates is evidenced by his taking offense when he is questioned
by another. This kind of pride is self-centered,
1:3,4 "The pride of the heart has deceived him...that says in his heart,
Who shall bring me down to the ground? Though you exalt yourself as the
eagle and though you set your nest among the stars, thence will
I bring you down, says the LORD." Isaiah
13:11 "...I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease and will
lay low the haughtiness
of the terrible.(original
implies 'those proud of their power').".Why?
2:4 "Behold, his soul which is
lifted up is not upright in him....."
10:4,5 "The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not
seek after God. God is not in all his thoughts. ...His ways are always
are far above out of his sight. As for all his enemies, he puffs at them.".(like
you blow out air, and say 'what are they to me?')
1:51 ".....he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts."
4:28 All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar. At the end of twelve
months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon. The king spake
and said, Is not this great Babylon that I have built for the house of
the kingdom by the might of my power and for the honour of my majesty?
While the word was in the king's mouth there fell a voice from heaven saying,
O king Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from
40:12 "Look on every one that is proud and bring him low; and tread
down the wicked in their place.".(Isaiah
Some people do works for
reasons of self pride, reasons for their
righteousness. This was like
the Pharisees in Emmanuel time:.Matthew
as in the sense of worship toward God);.John
12:43 "For they loved the
praise of men more than the praise of God." Zechariah
4:6 "Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of
the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my
spirit, says the LORD of hosts."
in their ego as if they really believe that they can 'find it' and
'accomplish it', that is, whatever are their particular goals in life and
be able to 'maintain it' on their own. But life will show them they cannot.
God has said:.John
15:5 "...without me you can do nothing."
There is only one way to
get what you want in life:.John
15:5 "I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me and
I in him, the same brings forth much fruit, for without me you can do
Without having the knowledge
of how to use these universal laws to bring a person all he wants, he continues
under subjugation, bumbling along in life under influence of the
mass mind of humanity and life continues with many hurts and he never
'finds his heaven on Earth'. He just never comes to the light that would
show him the way:.Haggai
1:6 "You have sown much and bring in little; you eat, but you have
dissatisfied), you drink, but you are
not filled with drink, you clothe youself, but there is none warm and he
that earns wages earns wages to put it into a bag with holes."
5:14 "Wherefore he said, Awake you that sleep and arise from the dead
shall give you light." John 14:6 "Emmanuel
said unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes unto
the Father, but by me."
The prideful are headed for
16:18 "Pride goes before destruction and an haughty spirit before a