Pride and humility is a topic of utmost importance for Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction…” and destruction is that which must be avoided at all costs. Therefore pride must be avoided at all costs. We must put on the mind of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was humbly and lowly.
Pride Led to the Fall of Many Old Testament Leaders
From Gideon, Samuel, David, Solomon, and Asa, pride was a factor in their falls. What lessons of humility we should learn from their failures. Video: The Failures of Old Testament Leaders, Uzziah’s Pride: Famous King to Excluded Leper
Defensiveness Reveals Pride
Defensiveness rears its ugly head whenever anyone touches a nerve in my soul, possibly exposing that I could be wrong about something. Defensiveness is that feeling I get when anyone challenges me on something, possibly exposing that I have blind spots they see that I don’t see. Video: Defensive People Are Prideful | Are You Defensive?
Pride and Humility: Proud People Destroy the Church
Pride and Humility: How to Get Humility?
Humility is a vital characteristic of the Christian life. If we would keep from falling away, and if we desire to have healthy churches, we must cultivate and attain this blessed virtue. Video: Cultivating and Attaining Humility We often get humility through the rebuke and correction of others. Video: Video Blog on The Battle With Sin Series. The Lord will prune us and discipline us and we must rejoice in God’s faithful discipline. Video: The Miracle of God’s Faithful Discipline
“I Am Not That Proud of a Person!”
One of the scariest things to think about is the pride that we all have but that we cannot discern and recognize. Article: Undiscerned Spiritual Pride
What About Pastors and Pride?
“Pride in the preacher? Of all those who surround the Lord Jesus, you would expect humility in the pastor. Just as certain weeds grow best in certain soils, so pride grows perhaps most easily in the heart of a Christian minister. Surely the pastor could afford to stay low.” Article: Ministerial Pride
Undiscerned Spiritual Pride
The first and worst cause of errors that abound in our day and age is spiritual pride. In this article Jonathan Edwards exposes this sin.
Grace and Humility or Are You An Egotistical and Arrogant Calvinist?
Egotistical and Arrogant Calvinists? More directly stated, sovereign grace, for example, Calvinism, especially the doctrines of grace...
Fighting For The Throne Instead of Picking Up The Towel?
There are people who are fighting for the throne rather than fighting for the towel. Small people, because Jesus says, you want to know the real path to greatness?
Go Low Like Christ | The Upper Room Discourse, Part 2
Why does Jesus say, "If I don't wash you, you have no share with me"? It is clear that foot washing represents something, and if Peter rejects the sign, then he rejects the reality and, in doing so, rejects Christ's t...
Humility: Make Me Like Jesus
Just make me like Jesus. I never knew it would hurt so much not to be made like Jesus, because I'm not made like Jesus yet, but to be in the process.
Humbled in Conversion, Humbled in Ministry
If there's any work of God that should characterize every person's conversion, it should be the destruction of that person's pride.
Blessed Are the Meek
An essential characteristic of someone who wants to follow Jesus Christ and call themselves a Christian is meekness. When we think of meekness...
Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit
Before we can properly understand the Sermon on the Mount we need to understand the first beatitude: poor in spirit.
The Failures of Old Testament Leaders
In this sermon, we look into the Old Testament and see that most of the good leaders start out well but finish badly, suffering moral failures later in their lives.
Humility Necessary for the Christian to Work Properly
The Bible urges us to walk worthy of God's calling; one of the characteristics of a walk worthy of our calling is humility. The Bible also calls members...
Are You a Young, Proud, Rude Pharisee?
What should we think of a 14-year-old who is being heavily accused of characteristics that resemble a Pharisee? What could be the cause of this?
Cultivating and Attaining Humility
Humility is a vital characteristic of the Christian life. If we would keep from falling away, and if we desire to have healthy churches, we must cultivate and attain this blessed virtue.
Jonathan’s Robe: A Humble Response to Being Surpassed and Overshadowed
This was the crisis of Jonathan's life. What was to be his attitude towards the one who had suddenly surpassed and overshadowed him? There could be...
How Do You Respond to Personal Slander?
The psalmist finds himself in a position we all commonly share at times. He is being slandered. His words and actions have been misrepresented and his character maligned.
The Faults of Christians
You are very unwise to let your thoughts dwell upon the faults of Christians at all; and when you do so, you hunt up a few professors of religion...
Useful Because of Weakness
The futile cultures focus on men being strong in their own strength. Yet for the Christian, Jesus says His strength is made perfect in our weakness.
Bob looks at four things that led up to Peter's denial of Christ.
Pride is a mother sin. All sin, in a way, is a manifestation of pride. That is, the conceit, the arrogance, the self-importance – pride affects every word, thought and deed. Pride, though subtle...
Self-Exaltation and Humility
Pride is the last thing to go before conversion and 1st to return. If you want to please the devil, admire yourself.
You’re an Unworthy Servant
Tim talks about how Jesus would often tell someone a story and use a role reversal to get people to think right. One example of this is how king David responded to the prophet Nathan, yet Nathan then rebuked David to say "You're the man!"
The Battle With Sin: I Want My Way (Part 7)
68 Minutes | Video Bible Study The Battle With Sin Part 3 | The bible talks about humility and how to be the greatess in the Kingdom of Heaven. How many of us want our way? But God's way is better, it is humbling, it is a path of humility - but it is a path of being more like Christ, now that is a path I want to be on!
The Battle With Sin: Who is the Greatest? (Part 4)
Tim talks about humility and who will be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 23:11 - The greatest among you shall be your servant.
Video Blog on The Battle With Sin Series
James testifies to God using Tim Conway to reprove him for being too judgmental and how God used it to break him of more pride. Brethren be sure to watch the bible study series on The Battle With Sin, it will apply greatly to all of our lives.
The Battle With Sin: Pride (Part 2)
Part 2 Tim talks about putting to death pride and being filled with humility by the mighty hand of God.
Be Encouraged, Die to Self
May God keep putting death all self in our lives that we may not be attached to anything in this world.
Stop Lying and Worrying About Your Reputation
Are you putting off the old man and no longer living for the approval of man? Do you find yourself constructing sentences in your mind, before you say things, to cause yourself to appear to be someone that your not? My friend this is no small matter, this lying. May we put off the old man and live in the newness of life! Christ is all! Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Ephesians 4:25
Humility will not make us unconscious of what is good in us, but it will make us beware of imagining that to be good which is not, or that which is good to be better than it is; and it will constantly keep before the mind, that whatever good is in us has been put into us, is not so much ours as God’s, the gift of His grace, the work of His Spirit.
It is good to have spiritual heroes we emulate. But idolizing men is a different thing altogether. It is a subtle trap to be avoided. Scripture says, “Stop regarding man, in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he?” (Isaiah 2:22) We are to appreciate, honor, and respect God’s men, but never idolize or view them as perfect.
One of the awful things about pride is that it deceives us; we may think we are serving God and others, but in reality we are serving ourselves only.
Pierson in regards to George Müller: To one who asked him the secret of his service he said: “There was a day when I died, utterly died;” and as he spoke, he bent lower and lower until he almost touched the floor–“died to George Müller, his opinions, preferences, tastes and will–died to the world, its approval or censure-died to the approval or blame even of my brethren and friends – and since then I have studied only to show myself approved unto God.”
We have nothing but what we have received from God. If we see any truth or if we are kept from any error, it is sheer grace, for any of us is entirely vulnerable to making a regrettable blot.
One by one, pare and prune from your life every single crutch that has an “I” attached to it. When you become weak enough and small enough and nothing enough, all the strength and power of the Lord Jesus will be made perfect in you by your utter dependence and trust in Him.
Spiritual pride takes great notice of opposition and injuries that are received, and is often speaking of them. Humility disposes a person rather to be, like his blessed Lord when reviled, dumb, not opening his mouth. The more clamorous and furious the world is against him, the more silent and still will he be.
How dishonouring it is unto God to have so many professing Christians eulogizing worms of the dust and using such expressions as “He is a great man,” “a remarkable preacher,” “a wonderful Bible teacher.” What glory doth the Lord get therefrom? None. No wonder the unction of the Spirit is now so generally withheld! Moreover, nothing is so apt to destroy a preacher’s usefulness as to puff him up with flattery; certainly nothing is so insulting to the Spirit and more calculated to cause Him to withdraw His blessing than such idolatrous man worship. How much better to say, “Such a preacher is highly favoured of the Lord in being so gifted by Him.” “The pastor was much helped by God in his sermon this morning.”
The pride of preachers of the Word, in wanting a name for themselves alive and after their death, is the cause of attracting men to themselves, rather than to the Lord of the harvest. Men are so prone to make idols of one another… and ordinary people, when they hear a good orator, and have but a little taste of his doctrine, are ready to set him up as a Herod of old, in the place of God; then his heart is so taken with this promotion, and with the people’s allegiance, that he begins to boast of, and flaunt this new name which he wishes to perpetuate, and which others readily ascribe to him. This new sect both he and they conclude is better than all those old sleepy sects whose names are rusted.
If you have anything to be proud of, remember what it is and that it is not your own, but has been given or lent to you by God, who especially hates pride.
The pride of preachers of the Word, in wanting a name for themselves alive and after their death, is the cause of attracting men to themselves, rather than to the Lord of the harvest. Men are so prone to make idols of one another… and ordinary people, when they hear a good orator, and have but a little taste of his doctrine, are ready to set him up as a Herod of old, in the place of God; then his heart is so taken with this promotion, and with the people’s allegiance, that he begins to boast of, and flaunt this new name which he wishes to perpetuate, and which others readily ascribe to him. This new sect both he and they conclude is better than all those old sleepy sects whose names have rusted.
My printed journals and sermons have been blessed in an uncommon manner. I am only afraid lest people should idolize the instrument and not look enough to the glorious Jesus, in whom alone I desire to glory.
I would be very slow to try to be a public figure beyond my church. If God has a public role for you beyond your church, that will happen without your design. If you strategize for that, it will probably have too much vanity in it to be of great service.
I have found myself exercised sorely with some particular things that I thought myself most of all freed from. And thus I have ever found it, when I have thought the battle was over and the conquest gained and so let down my watch, the enemy has risen up and done me the greatest injury.
Pride in the preacher?… What’s the problem? First, unbelief and subtle insecurity cause him to promote himself. He is afraid someone else will get the credit and the honor and threaten his position. But the Christian minister ought to ask himself, “Has God put me here or not?” If so, he can afford to take the low position, for he is secure with God.