Sunday April 21st, 2013 Rev. Mark Ballosingh TITLE: SPIRIT OF PRIDE

The Spirit of Pride originated from Lucifer who was the brightest, prettiest and most anointed of all angels. Being so proud, he wanted to be higher than the Most High.
Oxford dictionary meaning of the word Pride – a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction
Pride drives us to the point that we feel we are bigger than God. There is no greater one than God. Proud people express high opinions of themselves. Pride brings disrespect to those around us. Believers have to be weary of the Spirit of Pride. It can cause us to lose focus on our true purpose. Lucifer’s purpose was to create music so all angels can worship God but Pride stepped in.

Ezekiel 28:11-18 – 11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
Proverbs 16:18 -Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
Learn to identify the spirit of Pride. People rather stay in the pit rather than to accept help.
1 John 2:16 – For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
James 4: 14 -16 – 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.
Mark 7:22 – Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness
1 Timothy 3:6 – Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
Pride is used 44 times in the Bible. ‘Puffed-up’, ‘Wrapped up in smoke’ and ‘Haughty” is also used. We need to give God the glory for without him we are incomplete. We need to stay humble.
2 Timothy 3:4 – 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
1 Timothy 6:16 – 16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
1 Corinthians 4:6, 18, 19 – 6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.
18 Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you.
19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.
1 Corinthians 5:2 – And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.
Leviticus 26:19 – 19 And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:
Job 33:17 -17 That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
Psalm 31:20 – 20 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
Proverbs 11:2 – 2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
Proverbs 13:10 – 10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
Proverbs 29:23 – 23 A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
Luke 1:51 – 51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
Showing off and Arrogance are outcomes of Pride.
Romans 1:30 -30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
James 4:6 – 6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
1 Peter 5:5 – 5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
Job 38:11 – 11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?
Psalm 101:5 – 5 Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.

Pride is associated with Satan. Pride brings/will cause –
• Shame
• Contention
• Destruction
• Blasphemy
• Lose respect
• Lying Tongue
• Miserable
• Induced sense of superiority
• Want all the attention
• Unnatural self-esteem
• Against God

God favors the humble.

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