The crisis and calamities going on globally today are of a biblical proportion. As many people struggle to understand why, I ask you to consider this…
When and where did it become acceptable for those who believe in God through Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) to have pride?
God has made it very clear that pride is one of the deadliest sins… That He hates it…and that He resists it!
Proverbs 6:16-19 (NKJV)
16 These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to [a]Him:
17 A[b] proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
19 A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.
James 4:6 (NKJV)
6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:
“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”
God resists THE PROUD and He resists THAT OF WHICH WE ARE PROUD OF!
God has not given us permission to be proud of ANYTHING!
From pride comes arrogance, hatred, racism, exclusion, supremacy, and the idolatry self-worship or worshipping the institutions we have established.
God does not allow us to be proud to be Black, White, Latino, American, European, or African. He doesn’t give us permission to be proud of any institution that we have established.
Pride is the source of many of the problems in our society today. You do know it’s the devil that’s convinced us this is okay…right?
The problems we are TOO PROUD and NOT THANKFUL enough. Think about it, God has commanded that we be thankful and not proud…
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)
18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Anytime we use the word ‘PRIDE’ or ‘PROUD’, the word ‘THANKFU’L is always more appropriate! Try it!
“I’m proud of my race”…. “I’m thankful for my race.”
“I’m proud of my country”…”I’m thankful for my country.”
“I’m proud of my accomplishments… “I’m thankful for my accomplishments.”
“I’m proud of my heritage… “I’m thankful for my heritage.”
“I’m proud of my children,,,”I’m thankful for my children.”
Once we claim we are proud, we’ve opened the door for the devil to pervert that pride into idolatry. Remember, you don’t have to bow to a graven image to commit idolatry…that’s why God said that covetousness (greed) is idolatry…
Colossians 3:5 (NKJV)
5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
Israel was exiled from their land and lost their freedom, not because of the sinners in the land, but because of their own PRIDE, ARROGANCE, COMPROMISE, COMPLA ASSIMILATION, and SPIRITUAL ADULTERY! That’s why God said…
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)
14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Many Americans are afraid of losing their freedom and pointing their fingers at many causes. Before you blame the potential loss of your freedom on anything…look at your own pride.
If you don’t agree, just look at what God said Himself…
Proverbs 16:18 (NKJV)
18 Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before [a]a fall.
Maybe, just maybe God is tearing down the idols of our hearts (Economy, Sports, Politics, Heritage). The real enemy ‘within’ is the enemy within us.