Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. —Proverbs 16:18
Free from the Stronghold of Pride is written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka. This editorial is meant to be a stepping stone in uncovering the demonic strongholds that keep us captive and prevent us from receiving God’s best. Explore the website to see how strongholds may be trying to surround you and strip your life of God’s blessings.
Many have fallen prey to this deceptive stronghold. The tricky duplicity of pride can confuse us and cause us to sanction what we assume to be justified. There is a pride in doing well and a satisfaction taken in others that may be admirable. But pride can soon turn destructive when it is not in its proper place.
Unrighteous pride will bring in a spirit or stronghold of arrogance, haughtiness, over inflation of self importance, an inordinate opinion of our own dignity, merit, or superiority, and the resultant strongholds that protect or sanction its right to being. In short, the wrong kind of pride can separate us from God and cause us to fall flat on our face before the enemy.
1. Evaluate your life. What type of pride belongs to you? Are you haughty and arrogant or do you have a sense of well-being about someone or something?
Proverbs 26:12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes and conceit? There is more hope for a [self-confident] fool than for him.
Philippians 2:3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
2. Help others. Reach out to those who are less fortunate. There may be some among them who have lost things without seeming cause.
Romans 12:16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.
Proverbs 22:2 The rich and the poor have this in common: the Lord is the maker of them all.
1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.
3. Humble yourself. A humble spirit will never allow pride to rule.
Proverbs 11:2 When swelling and pride come, then emptiness and shame come also, but with the humble (those who are lowly, who have been pruned or chiseled by trial, and renounce self) are skillful and godly Wisdom and soundness.
1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
4. If there is any praise from your lips let it be for God and for another and not for yourself.
Proverbs 27:2 Praise should come from another person and not from your own mouth, from a stranger and not from your own lips.
5. Gain understanding and wisdom. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.
2 Corinthians 10:12 Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.
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