Spiritual Pride

Cliff Ellison

Spiritual pride is one of the biggest dangers for not being used by God.  There are many well-meaning men and women who are looking for recognition, or they have a Burger King attitude and require having everything done their way and thereby miss a great opportunity to serve God because of pride.  When God begins to use us, it's easy to see ourselves as God's gift to the world and not part of the body of Christ.

Peter and John give us a wonderful illustration in the Book of Acts.  Peter instructed a lame beggar to get up and walk.

"Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you.  In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”  Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong."  Acts 3:6-7

At that point, all of the attention in the temple turned toward these two servants of God.  They could have used this attention for their personal advantage, but they didn’t.

"When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you?  Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?"  Acts 3:12-13

They gave God all of the glory.  That is integrity.  That is humility.  And it takes an honest evaluation.  As God begins to use us, we need to be careful that we don’t think, “I’m really something special.”

"But he gives us more grace.  That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”  James 4:6

To avoid Pride:

Ask God to use you in your daily walk with Him.

Thank God for allowing you to serve Him.

Praise God and give Him all the Glory and Honor.

 

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