By: Bishop Samuel Hughes
If you are being defeated in life today, it’s because of either ignorance or pride. For the purpose of this article, we will focus on pride.
When pride is not eradicated, it can only produce lust and rebellion. Subsequently, an axe must be laid to the root of any attribute (pride) that does not promote God’s original plan for our lives (Matthew 3:10). Therefore, everything that does not bring forth good fruit must be cut off at the root and cast into the fire (destroyed). If roots of pride are not destroyed, it will continue to manifest in our lives.
Pride is putrid and brings forth only rotten fruit; therefore, it can never produce the will and purpose of God. By nature it is very destructive; it not only destroys our lives but also the lives of those around us.
When God found iniquity(pride) in Satan’s heart, He cast him out of His presence. Therefore, Satan attempts to use this same operation through us so that we cannot enter into God’s presence. But by the Word of God and by the Holy Ghost, those who are born again can lay an axe to pride’s roots and rid themselves of this evil. Then we are able to produce fruit worthy of repentance (Matthew 3:8). Our good fruit will reveal to people that we are indeed Sons of the Living God.
I Samuel 15:23 thoroughly explains that pride results from the rejection of truth. The prophet Samuel relays to Saul why God has rejected him: “ …because you have rejected the Word of the Lord, He has also rejected you from being king.” Anytime you reject something, you have to accept something else. When you reject the Truth, you automatically embrace the Lie!
The Word of God further expounds on manifestations of pride in our lives (I Samuel 15:23):
- For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft – here God compares rebellion to witchcraft—believing in another power over God’s power; believing that something other than the Word and Spirit will bring you joy, peace, or gratification.
- Stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry – unreasonably determined to exert one’s own will; difficult to entreat or deal with.
- Obstinance – stubborn adherence to an attitude or course of action; difficult to manage, control, or subdue.
Key Attributes of Pride:
P= puffed up; looks good on the outside but has no spiritual substance
R= rebellion; no respect for instituted authority, the 1st authority to a saint is the Word and Spirit
I= idolatry, stubbornness—must have your way (self worship, “me, my, I, and mine” are key phrases)
D= defensive, deceptive, and delusional – defensive about everything, people have to walk on eggshells around you because they don’t want to offend you or make you upset; you become a deceiver trying to manipulate and cover, but you can never deceive God; you also become delusional- deluding the mind by believing something that is false to bring temporary gratification
E= ego, egotistical, egomaniac—driven by an exaggerated sense of self importance; an unduly high opinion of oneself. Results in lust for reputation, recognition, power, and control; no longer driven by the Holy Spirit, the ego becomes the driving force.
The Word of the Lord concerning pride is found in Matthew 23:12 AMP – The proud shall be abased, but the humble shall be exalted. God will not bless our pride. God does not want us to become a part of what He is tearing down. Therefore He wants us to walk in humility which always produces virtue, integrity, and greatness!
In Ephesians 2:1-7 God thoroughly explains that He did not save us to remain controlled by what had power over us before He came into our lives. He has given us power over all the power of the enemy and by effectively utilizing His Word and Spirit, we too can annihilate pride in our lives.
The only way to annihilate pride is by submitting to God. You submit to God by obeying His Word. You cannot obey God in your own strength, you must lean on the Holy Spirit to help you perform the Word of God, for its “not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord” (Zechariah 4:6).
How do you lean on the Holy Spirit you ask? By spending quiet, intimate time with Him and allowing Him to minister the Word of God to you. This is what feeds your spirit man. Then once your spirit man is strengthened, because you have submitted yourself to God, you can resist the devil and he has to flee (James 4:7).
During those times when pride tries to manifest itself, simply humble yourself. Humility is not weakness, its simply power under control! So, I encourage you to pull on the strength of the Holy Ghost to master your soul and live a more fruitful and productive life.