Thursday, December 27, 2012

Are You Proud to Be a Christian?



Are You Proud to be a Christian?

If you immediately said “Oh yes! I’m proud to be a Christian!” then you are cursed of God, will be ashamed, shattered and brought low, and worse…hated of God.

Psa_119:21  You have rebuked the proud who are cursed, who go astray from Your Commandments.

Psa_119:78  Let the proud be ashamed; for they perverted my cause with lying; I will think on Your Commandments.

Job_26:12  He quiets the sea with His power, and by His understanding He shatters the proud.

Job_40:12  Look on everyone who is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.

Pro 6:16-17 These six Jehovah hates; yea, seven are hateful to his soul: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

“Well, that’s the Old Testament, you say, that doesn’t count for today.”

Okay, let’s see what the New Testament says about the proud, pride and the prideful:
Luk_1:51  He has worked power with His arm, He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their heart.

Rom 1:18-30 speaks about those who will come under the wrath of God. After a long list of reprobates and sinners, comes this: “…backbiters, haters of God, insolent, proud, braggarts, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,”

Jas_4:6  But He gives more grace. Therefore He says, God resists the proud, but He gives grace to the humble.

1Pe_5:5  Likewise, younger ones, be subject to older ones, and all being subject to one another. Put on humility. For God resists proud ones, but He gives grace to the humble.
Now, that’s just a study of the word “proud”. What about “pride”?

Psa_73:6  Therefore pride enchains them; violence covers them like a robe.

Pro_8:13  The fear of Jehovah is to hate evil; I hate pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the wicked mouth.

Pro_11:2  Pride comes, then shame comes; but with the lowly is wisdom.

Pro_16:18  Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Pro_29:23  A man's pride shall bring him low; but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.

1Jn_2:16  because 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.

According to Isaiah 14, the reason Lucifer was cast out of heaven was because of pride of saying he could become God. Then he convinces Eve that by eating of the fruit she could be as gods (Gen 3:5).

So pride was the first sin, and he has spent 6000 years convincing people that pride is a good thing. Afterall, you should take pride in your accomplishments. You should rightfully be proud of your children, your spouse, etc. Right?

Wrong.

When God spoke from heaven after His son’s baptism, He did not say, “This is my beloved, Son, of whom I am proud.” That’s what most Christians would say, “I’m so proud of my kids!”

God never identifies Himself as being proud of anything. He is always “pleased”. “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Now, if God hates the proud, and you say “I am proud”…you might want to learn to express your pleasure in you and your loved one’s accomplishments in a different way. It’s not easy. Expressing pride in something is too easy…it’s what everyone says…but it’s not what God says.

Who are you going to be like? God or the rest of the world?









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