How to Overcome Temptation, Part 167 (Pride) (Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class #291)
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 167 (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 21:4. (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.)
4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.
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J. C. Ryle said, “Let us watch against pride in every shape – pride of intellect, pride of wealth, pride in our own goodness, pride in our own deserts. Nothing is so likely to keep a man out of heaven, and prevent him seeing Christ, as pride. So long as we think we are something, we shall never be saved.”
The Bible Knowledge Commentary says, “Arrogance and pride, as well as hypocrisy, is what the wicked thrive on. But pride is sin. Pride is the lamp of the wicked, that is, it is their very life.”
This verse warns us that a both a proud look and a proud heart are sin. An arrogant look is often the sign of an arrogant heart, and we have seen earlier in the book of Proverbs that both are an abomination to the Lord. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of proud looks and hearts among humanity. John Crosby said, “Solomon first condemned a high look. God hates pride, so He condemns it often. Pride trusts and glories in yourself, and God hates competitors for His own glory and praise. God expressly hates a proud look. A high look is when thoughts of pride leak from your heart and affect your face, speech, and manners before Him and others. Solomon then condemned a proud heart. Your first duty is to keep your heart humble before God and others. You should bow your head and confess that without mercy you are lost. You must reject your own conceit and humble yourself before God.” Both a prideful look and a proud heart are called sin in this verse. The Bible gives us several awful characteristics of sin. For example, sin leads to more sin. Jeremiah said that wicked people “proceed from evil to evil,” and they know not God. In 1 Corinthians 5, the church was warned against engaging in pride and spending time with sinners because “a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” Also, sin leads to death. James warned that “sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death,” and the first half of Romans 6:23 says, “the wages of sin is death.” All sin, including pride, leads to spiritual death in hell. But we can find deliverance from sin, including pride, in Jesus Christ. The second half of Romans 6:23 says, “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Sin like pride leads to death, but repentance and trust in the blood of Jesus gives us eternal life. Reject sin like pride and repent and turn to Jesus so that will not face eternal death in hell.
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!