Welcome to the Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class. I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society and pastor of Gospel Light House of Prayer International. The purpose of this time together is to teach young believers everything they need to know about their faith in Jesus Christ and provide them with the knowledge they need to live victorious Christian lives.
Our key Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13:
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
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Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 158 (Pride)”
In this section of our Onward Christian Soldiers discipleship class, we are looking at specific temptations that are, as the Bible says, “common to man.” We are looking at what the Bible says about these sins so we can be aware of its dangers and so that we can hide Scripture in our hearts to use when we are tempted.
The sin that we are looking at today is the sin of pride. This is the sixth sin in a list of 12 temptations that comes from two sources — one ancient and one modern. The first source is a list that was developed by monks in the early church called “the seven deadly sins” or the “cardinal sins.” The second source is a Barna survey from 2011 which tracked the top temptations Americans admitted to struggling with.
Today, we are looking at Proverbs 8:13. (Remember, the text of this lesson is made available online after each class, so you can go to our website Gospellighthouseofprayer.com, click the “Onward Christian Soldiers” banner on the home page, and begin to learn these verses by heart throughout the week.)
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
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Augustine said, “It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.”
The Bible Knowledge Commentary says, “Verse 13 shows that wisdom is moral as well as mental. One who fears the Lord and therefore is wise will hate or reject evil, pride, arrogance, evil behavior, and perverse talk.”
In this verse, we are urged to hate that which the Lord hates, because we should have a fear of the Lord. The Lord God hates evil, especially pride and arrogance. It is interesting that these sins are named specifically, whereas all other sins are grouped under ‘the evil way.’ Perhaps this is because pride is the true original sin. It was pride that led Lucifer to rebel against God. It is pride that leads us to believe that our way is better than God’s way, and therefore leads us into further sin. This verse also says that God hates the froward mouth. Froward means difficult to deal with or contrary. Does that not describe a prideful attitude? Thomas Cartwright said, “As pride is mainly in the mind, so “the evil way” is in action; “the froward mouth” in speaking-namely, it speaks things at variance with the Word of God, with truth, and with love. These all are specimens of “evil” which “the fear of the Lord” teaches us to “hate.” For the sum of piety consists in hating and loving the same things as God hates and loves. “Pride” stands first, as being most opposed to the fear of the Lord, which is associated always with humility. The more we fear the exalted majesty of God, the more we understand our own feebleness, want, and misery. Paul, in raising the structure of good works, lays ‘lowliness’ or humility as the foundation and beginning of all. ‘The beginning of pride is when one departeth from God, and his heart is turned away from his Maker: for pride is the beginning of sin.’ God hates evil, especially pride and arrogance. As a Christian, your fear of God should motivate you to hate the evil that He hates. Rip out the root of pride in your life and hate this sin so that you will be more like Christ.
If you struggle with pride, take this passage to heart and take heed to it the next time you face that temptation.
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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to GospelLightSociety.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!