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 169 (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 28:25. (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.)
Proverbs 28:25: “He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat.”
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John Piper said, “In our proud love affair with ourselves we pour contempt, whether we know it or not, on the worth of God’s glory. As our pride pours contempt upon God’s glory, His righteousness obliges Him to pour wrath upon our pride.”
The Bible Knowledge Commentary says, “Greedy (proud in the KJV) refers to an uncontrolled, avaricious appetite for material things. Because greed is selfish it results in dissension or strife. In this way, greed is a companion to deceit, hatred, temper, perversity, and anger. The one who trusts in the Lord rather than in riches gained by greed will prosper.”
Here the Bible shows us the contrast between those who have a proud heart, trusting in themselves, and those who put their trust in God. Those who have a proud heart stir up conflict with everyone they meet. Their attitude displeases others and their actions make others oppose them in their works. On the other hand, the person who trusts in God will be made prosperous. David Guzik said, “A proud man or woman is constantly causing strife because they want the attention and preeminence. That doesn’t agree with most people, so there is strife. Because he makes it his great business to advance and please himself, and hates and opposes all that stand in his way, and despises other men, and is very jealous of his honour, and impatient of the least slighting, or affront, or injury, and indulges his own passions, there is strife. The greedy person’s insatiable appetite brings him into conflict with others, for he transgresses social boundaries. Not content with his portion, he becomes disruptive and destructive, and whose person and property he violates fight back.” To trust in the Lord is presented as a contrast to the proud heart. That one should expect to be prospered, as they humbly trust God and forsake pride. Those who trust in Yahweh can wait for their appetites to be satisfied, cause no discord, and in fact will be satisfied.” Rather than trusting in yourself and having a pride heart that stirs up strife with others and leads to conflict, put your trust in God so that you will have good relationships with others and you will truly prosper in the way God wants you to prosper.
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!