As I was thinking about titling this, I considered that it is unlikely that very many people would google for articles on pride. We generally don’t want to think of ourselves as prideful. And therein lies the first danger. We rarely open that closet to see if anything has collected. We are told to check ourselves to see that we are walking in the Lord. (2 Cor. 13:5-6) Certainly, checking our humility factor figures into that.
Another danger of pride is that often its beginnings are innocuous and so mild that they are hardly noticeable. Because somewhere deep inside our psyche’s we know well that we are hopelessly lost and ignorant compared to God, when God does use us and move through us to perform good deeds, it is easy to make the mistake that perhaps we are something “special” (meaning more special than others) after all. This is really not an unusual “banana peel slip”. It happens to most all of us. It is not easy to balance the truth that in spite of our sinful condition, God died for us and loves us enough to lay down His own life us and continues to intercede for us daily as our mediator and High Priest. And that is why we are able to do anything good. God uses us and moves through us in spite of our yet remaining imperfections and sinful conditions. Thus, it is not because of us but because of His great love for us individually and corporately that God uses us.
And here is the danger. The minute we think we are something special because God has used us, pride has found a hook. If we continue to think this even if we never say it, it will affect the quality and quantity of what the Spirit is able to do through us. This is why sometimes a person starts out prophesying, teaching, serving, helping and or preaching in the anointing of the Holy Spirit and then as the years go by, the anointing gets less and less. One day someone realizes he or she is moving out of their own flesh and their own thinking. And it may still sound good because we remember how the Holy Spirit spoke through us. It just isn’t the living Rhema anointing that it once was.
And if we are one who has a calling to do works for the Lord, whether it be serving the poor, sacrificial giving, services of help to others, teaching children or really ANYTHING motivated by the Holy Spirit, that consideration that we might be doing out of our flesh should give us a slight fright. Why should it frighten us; because our pride hurts others. Pride does not lift up others, it lifts up self. When we lift ourselves up over others even in the hidden thoughts of our mind, we affect others negatively, not positively.
So, with that thought, let’s all go into that closet, if we can remember where it is, and just take a little look. If there is anything in there that shouldn’t be, let’s throw it out and apologize to God for allowing it.
Romans 12: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.