How to Overcome Temptation, Part 165 (Pride) (Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class #289)
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 165 (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 16:18-19. (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.)
18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
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William Cowper said, “What else is the cause of all transgression, but that man’s ignorant pride will have his will preferred to the will of God?”
The Bible Knowledge Commentary says, “These verses discuss pride, humility, and disaster. Pride leads to one’s downfall. Pride is so despicable that a person should avoid it even if it means being economically oppressed. One may share plunder (acquired through violent or dishonest means) with the proud but such dishonesty will not go unpunished.”
In today’s passage, we see a warning regarding the disastrous consequences of pride. Pride leads to destruction. Lucifer sought to raise himself above God, and his pride caused him and his angels to fall. Solomon’s son Rehoboam pridefully refused to listen to advice and ten of the twelve tribes of Israel rebelled against him. The pride of the scribes and Pharisees caused them to refuse to believe in Jesus and led to the eternal destruction of their souls. Nebuchadnezzar’s pride led him to his kingdom being taken from him and him being debased to the behavior of the beast of the earth. Haman’s prideful attempt to destroy the Jews led to him and his ten sons being hung on the same gallows that he had ordered to be built for Mordecai. John Crosby said, “Pride is poison to the heart, soul, and mind. It hardens the heart from loving and forgiving others, so it corrodes relationships. It cauterizes the soul against correction and warnings, so it leads to terrible backslidings and falls. It blinds the mind to dangers and risks, so a man rushes into foolish choices and destruction without ordinary caution. The noxious nature of pride; self-will; self-importance or arrogance must never be minimised – because pride is destructive and a haughty spirit will cause us to fall.” Due to the destructive nature of pride, it is better to be humble and poor than to be wealthy and proud. Keep in mind that the writer of this proverb, King Solomon, was one of the richest men who had ever lived. He had great success, great power, and great stores of wealth as King of Israel during the nation’s golden age. And yet even while experiencing all the benefits of his prosperity, King Solomon said it is better to be poor and humble than to be rich and proud. Why? Because as Solomon wrote elsewhere in Proverbs, pride brings contention and rich people think they are wise in their own conceit. Solomon also wrote that pride is an abomination to the Lord and that God is the enemy of the proud. You should not want God as your enemy. You cannot take the riches you acquire on this earth with you after death, but those who are humble enough to trust in Jesus Christ and seek his kingdom first in their life rather than their own prosperity are laying treasures up in heaven. John Gill said, “The followers of the meek and lowly Jesus, whose spirits are humbled under a sense of sin; have lowly thoughts of themselves and their own righteousness, and submit to the righteousness of the Son of God, and wholly trust in him for salvation, and ascribe all they have and are to the free grace of God; humble themselves under the mighty hand of God; are resigned to his will, and patiently bear all afflictions without murmuring, and think better of others than themselves, are not in so much danger of falling as the proud and haughty, and are more grateful to men, and acceptable to God; with these he vouchsafes to dwell; to these he gives more grace, and they shall inherit the earth. Wherefore it is better to be of such a spirit, and be ranked among and keep company with the meek and lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. It is better to be the followers of Christ, and have only a little, than to be the devil’s, and have ever so much.” Take heed to this passage and humble yourself to avoid the disastrous consequences of pride. Be humble enough to seek the kingdom of God first, and trust in the words of Jesus that even though you may be poor in this world, you have eternal treasures and eternal life in the world to come.
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 Gospel Light Society.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!