My sermon notes from a message by Pastor Adrian Rogers.
Pride keeps people from achieving the goals that God plans for them because they puff themselves up and think they are too good to do what God has asked them to do. Pride divides families, friends and prevents good relationships from ever happening and good business from being conducted.
Showing respect to the Lord will make you wise, and being humble will bring honor to you.
Pride isolates. Most people don’t like arrogant people.
Take to heart this teaching because pride is one of seven things that God hates. Being full of pride is right up there with being a killer…
There are six things the Lord hates. There are seven things he cannot stand: a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that kill innocent people, a mind that thinks up evil plans, feet that are quick to do evil, a witness who lies, and someone who starts arguments among families. (Proverbs 6:16-19)
Prideful people set themselves up for failure regardless of how gifted they are. People don’t like them. The Lord doesn't like them. They are destined to fail.
Pride precedes destruction; an arrogant spirit gives way to a nasty fall. (Proverbs 16:18)
Everyone proud and arrogant in heart is disgusting, hateful, and exceedingly offensive to the Lord; be assured I pledge it they will not go unpunished. (Proverbs 16:5)
People who are full of pride are quick to call out the sins of others without taking a close look at their life. Not one of us is sinless, but prideful people forget to look in the mirror before casting judgment.
Yes, all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious ideal; yet now God declares us “not guilty” of offending him if we trust in Jesus Christ, who in his kindness freely takes away our sins.
It doesn't make any difference how amazing you are or if you are a spiritual leader of any type. Consider that the devil fell from God’s grace because of pride and new believers are warned to be careful.
I will rise above the highest clouds and make myself like the Most High”? (Isaiah 14:14)
An elder must not be a new believer, because he might become proud, and the devil would cause him to fall. (1 Timothy 3:6)
Pride has wrecked the human race. Think about it: Wars are started because of pride; families are dissolved because of pride; friendships are destroyed because of pride; companies cannot provide exceptional products or services because of pride and the list goes on.
Selfish people cause trouble, but you will live a full life if you trust the Lord. (Proverbs 28:25)
Pride only leads to arguments, but those who take advice are wise. (Proverbs 13:10)
“As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on thing and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
The point is that pride prevents us from honoring and serving the other person. We forget that God created that person. That person is special to God. We can’t stand to be the servant. A prideful person wants to be served. They forget that Jesus washed the feet of his disciples…
Clothe apron yourselves, all of you, with humility as the garb of a servant, so that its covering cannot possibly be stripped from you, with freedom from pride and arrogance toward one another. For God sets Himself against the proud the insolent, the overbearing, the disdainful, the presumptuous, the boastful—and He opposes, frustrates, and defeats them, but gives grace favor, blessing to the humble. (1 Peter 5:5)
Do you need to see more Scriptures? Your life will not end well when you wear the badge of pride.
Everyone with a conceited heart is disgusting to the Lord. Certainly, such a person will not go unpunished. (Proverbs 16:5)
A conceited look and an arrogant attitude, which are the lamps of wicked people, are sins. (Proverbs 21:4)
We were born with pride, so each one of us has to deal with it.
And Jesus said, “The things that come out of people are the things that make them unclean. All these evil things begin inside people, in the mind: evil thoughts, sexual sins, stealing, murder, adultery, greed, evil actions, lying, doing sinful things, jealousy, speaking evil of others, pride, and foolish living. All these evil things come from inside and make people unclean.” (Mark 7:20-23)
Pride is the problem in society. Pride dishonors life
Showing respect to the Lord will make you wise, and being humble will bring honor to you. (Proverbs 15:3)
Pride leads only to shame; it is wise to be humble. (Proverbs 11:2)
People will be rewarded for what they say; they will be rewarded by how they speak. What you say can mean life or death. Those who speak with care will be rewarded. (Proverbs 18:20-21)
Pride destroys souls. Pride is filling hell. – Pastor Adrian Rogers
A person’s pride brings him down, but one of humble spirit has a firm hold on honor and respect. (Proverbs 29:23)
Pride leads to destruction; humility leads to honor. (Proverbs 18:12)
The Lord will tear down the proud person’s house, but he will protect the widow’s property. (Proverbs 15:25)
Pride leads to destruction; a proud attitude brings ruin. It is better to be humble and be with those who suffer than to share stolen property with the proud. (Proverbs 16:18-19)
Pride is the road to ruin.
If my people who are called by my name 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.
(2 Chronicles 7:14)
Not only does pride bring relational issues, but it impacts your emotional and spiritual well-being. You covet what your neighbors have, your ego is too big for God to use and your life is a mess. Don’t risk your eternal life for the sake of pride.