Why Pride Will Ruin Your Life

Prideful Lion - Pride Will Ruin Your LifeI’m writing today’s post because pride is the sin I struggle with the most. It lays heavy on my heart. Pride has caused me to stumble numerous times in my life and I fear it will do the same to each and every leader who succumbs to its subtle embrace…

Here’s what pride will tell you:

  • You’re right. They’re wrong.
  • You don’t need help.
  • You’re solely responsible for your own success.
  • Your better than everyone else.
  • Your life is more important than everyone else’s.
  • You don’t need to listen to anybody else.
  • You are the center of the universe.
  • Your intellect is superior to scripture.
  • Your wisdom is better than truth.
  • You are your own god.

Pride has told me each and every one of these lies at varyious points in my life.

Pride loves to feed us a batch of lies. It’s goal is to boost our fragile ego in a way that is completely illegitimate and false. Pride is the pretty little bow we put on our lives when we want to appear more “together” than we really are. It is the very sin that causes us to conceal our struggles, hide our shortcomings, and alienate friends.

I’m convinced that pride is one of the devil’s sneakiest tricks. It creeps up on us as a subtle sense of accomplishment. Next, we’re patting ourselves on the back after a job well done. Finally, we’re at cocktail parties bragging about the bagillion dollar deal we just put together. We’re on top of the world.

Here’s the problem:

God is supposed to be on top of the world. He IS the world. We accomplish nothing through our own efforts. When we allow pride to sneak in and steal the glory from God, we are essentially setting ourselves up as objects of worship. We become our own little deities. Who needs the one true God when you’ve got your own success to worship?

Flip the coin and imagine yourself with nothing. You just lost your job, your savings are gone, and the bank is about to foreclose on your home. You’ve got family and friends who would step in to help you at the drop of a hat, but you refuse to ask for help. Your pride just couldn’t take that hit…

That same selfish pride has kept you from the authentic community in which God has blessed each and every one of us to take part. It has told you that you need to put on a show; that you need to appear “better” or “more fortunate” than you really are. Your pride has lied to you. The enemy has lied to you.

As James 4:6 says, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ In verse 10, James calls us to humble ourselves before the Lord, that He (God) may exalt us.

Today, I want to challenge each one of us to intentionally take a stand and go to battle against this enemy; to humble ourselves and descend. Praise God in your triumph. Trust him in your defeat. Cast your prideful crown before the throne.

Don’t let your foolish sense of pride continue to lie to you. Stand in truth and be free.

“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.To Him be the glory forever. Amen.” – Romans 11:36

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  • http://twitter.com/rentmychurch @rentmychurch

    Standing in truth! Great article!

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thank you very much stopping by!

  • http://www.flybluekite.com Laura Click

    Wow, Kenny. What a powerful post. Thanks for sharing. This is something we all need to hear – especially this time of year. It's way to easy to get caught up in the hub bub of the holidays and lose focus on what's really important. I'm certainly guilty of this as well. Thanks for the gentle reminder that God is the reason we ever achieve any kind of success – we can't do it without Him.

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      I need to "gently" remind myself everyday that my accomplishments are not my own. If I don't, I head down a very prideful street and lose focus on who I am and who I've been created to be. Thank you for reading, Laura.

  • http://silenthearts.wordpress.com Morgan MacGavin

    Really taking this in right now…thank you for a great post Kenny!

  • Unforgivable

    I have pride issue I didn’t know it was my pride till I almost lose someone I love n care deeply…
    When wrong is wrong, I couldnt believe i did wrong.. so i continue to fight and become real unreasonable bitch..
    Subconsciously I know I’m wrong yet I don’t wanna admit.. Till the very end, he is giving up on me..
    I realized What a fool I was

  • Tyler Hand

    Kenny, I am so glad to see these posts. It’s a constant reminder of what God has done in your life, and how far you’ve come since I first met you. Thank you for your diligence in Him. – Tyler Hand

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thank YOU for being obedient and ministering to me in a season when I was about as far from God as I could be. Over the years, He has faithfully put saints in my life who have planted seeds in various times and various ways. I’m very thankful that you were one of them.

  • Lasonya

    God! Bless you Kenny! your words have been a blessing to me and I was wondering If you have any books on pride especially with people thinking they are better than others. For years I have been around mentors that thought they were better than others and they taught me to be that way as well. Please help me that I may be delivered.