The pride of your heart has deceived you. Obadiah 1:3
“Each morning, the enemy lays out his landmines in our lives,” wrote Dr. Charles Stanley. “If we are not discerning, we will fall prey to his tactics. The landmine of pride can tear a gaping hole in the life of the person who yields to its folly. It is one of Satan’s chief modes of operation and favorite weapons of warfare because it tempts us to take our eyes off God and place them on ourselves.”1
Pride is so deceptive that it destroyed the reputation of the powerful angel, Lucifer, who said, “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God” (Isaiah 14:13). The sin of pride and arrogance caused Satan to become the epitome of evil today. It’s a reminder that we should never seek to be above others, but we’re to seek to serve as Christ served.
If you have gifts, accomplishments, honors, blessings, and influence, make them matters of thanksgiving and recognize them as gifts from God to use in the service of Christ. Keep your eyes on Jesus and live a life of humble thanksgiving and Christ-centered service.
Pride always overemphasizes self. Our hearts need to be God-focused and not self-focused. Charles Stanley
- Charles Stanley, Landmines in the Path of the Believer (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007), quotes from chapter 2.
Pride Has Deceived You by Shane Idleman