I’ve always heard the phrase, “don’t pray for patience because God will test you.” While I don’t actually agree with that (we should pray for patience because it is one of the Fruit of the Spirit), it is a pretty accurate statement at the end. God will provide situations that will put your patience and character under trial as a way to help you produce endurance and grow in your faith (Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4), the same goes for pride. I’ve known for quite a while that one of my biggest struggles is pride. It really always has been. This morning before work I read an article from Desiring God and it was amazing. It was about pride and 7 signs of it that we may miss.
This is the link to the article: http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/seven-subtle-symptoms-of-pride The author of the article is Fabienne Harford, at Desiring God.
I really suggest reading it. It provides 7 different signs of pride that can be easily hidden in our hearts. I was guilty of every single one of them…it was a pretty awful feeling to realize that. However, it was also a time of rejoicing because it showed me an area that God can grow me in and teach me to become more Christ-like.
Pride is a deadly sin and can only cause destruction. “Pride infects our eyesight, causing us to view ourselves through a lens that colors and distorts reality. Pride will paint even our ugliness in sin as beautiful and commendable,” (Harford, Desiring God).
This article has not left my mind today and I remember while reading it how convicted I felt and how much my pride was trying to get in the way while I was reading it. The enemy knows how to make me stumble and he knows that I’ve been trying to re-center my life on Christ, so of course he didn’t want me to take the article to heart. In that moment, I prayed that God would help me surrender my pride to Him and become a humbled servant of His kingdom and to others.
Well…I should have known that I would be tested, first thing this morning. I did something wrong at work today by accident (I’m only human, I am bound to make mistakes along the way) and the person was upset and said it was something I did multiple times and then went onto insult me to my boss. I accept the blame for today’s wrongdoing but that really was an exaggeration. Anyway, my boss was a good sport about and understood my side of the story and said to take one for the team. It’s hard to take one for the team when you don’t want to take one for the team. I was so angry for ten minutes, my blood was boiling. Then I realized how prideful I was being and remembered my prayer from just a few hours earlier. That was humbling and in that moment I could feel the grace of God wash over me and calm me. I identified my pride and prayed for God to take it. I had no right to get upset, it was foolish of my. I know that is just one of many situations I will be given to produce endurance and mature. I welcome the trials now. (However, I do ask for grace and mercy if in some of those instances I don’t extend it myself. My prayer is to exercise self control over my emotions.)
I could write a 20-page paper on this, no problem, but I know that nobody has time for all of that reading. Therefore, I decided that I am going to do a mini series of blog posts on the 7 ways I am dealing with pride, provided in this article. (all credit and copyright goes to this article).
I hope that through these posts over the next couple of weeks God is able to reveal things to you that you may be dealing with unknowingly, or maybe even knowingly and you just didn’t know how to deal with it, and it allows you to transform your prayers into ones that ask God to transform your heart and mind in return.
Sin is ugly. Christ suffered and died on the cross for our sins, don’t take that for granted. Repent and live a life that is righteous. You’re never too far gone for God to save, take the story and transformation of Saul to Paul for example. Nothing can ever separate you from our Savior.
Die to self. Rid yourself of pride, it’s not about you. It’s all for the glory of God.
“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6
“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” Psalm 139: 23-24
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory.” 1 Corinthians 10:31