PRIDE: A Destructive Element

The bible talks a lot about pride and its demerits. The book of Proverbs tells us extensively the results of pride. In James 4:6 we are made to know that God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. This is reiterated in 1 Peter 5:5. We know that pride leads to destruction Prov. 16:18 but what can pride really cost us?

The King of Tyrus

Before going further, please take a moment to study the 28th chapter of Ezekiel verses 1–19. It is about the king of Tyrus (or Tyre) who is symbolic of Satan.

The king of Tyrus had called himself a god and had lifted up his heart. He had attained riches and wealth because of his great wisdom, and with his beauty he became proud. From the 6th verse, we begin to see the outpouring of punishment because of his pride.

God has made us fearfully and wonderfully as His beautiful creations. It would be very foolish of us to make the same mistakes of the prince of Tyrus. Whatever we have been given by God should not be used for self exaltation and to lift up our hearts. Rather, a better option would be using it to glorify Him. Pride destroys just as it did to the prince of Tyrus. It is God who raises up leaders and removes them from office. Remember, no one is indispensable and God can use the least expected people to replace us. Our job is to submit to God’s bidding and stay humble.

Jesus was humble. Why can’t you?

Jesus, the son of God, God Himself, came down to dwell among man. While He was here, His whole life portrayed humility. Imagine the Messiah “stooping” so low as to wash the feet of His followers, his own creations John 13:1–17. That’s something to learn from, don’t you think? Think about it, God in all His glory, even first of all making His home among men, being baptized by His forerunner, making His servants His friends and then washing their feet! Amazing! So really, if the master of the universe could be humble, do you really have an excuse as to why you shouldn’t be?

ACT TODAY: Humble yourselves in the sight of God and He will lift you up. James 4:10

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Why Isn’t My Prayer Answered?

In the gospel of Matthew, in the 7th verse of the 7th chapter, Jesus makes us understand that when we ask, we will receive. One would then wonder, “if this is really true, why are my prayers still unanswered?” To answer this, let’s delve into the scriptures, shall we😉

SOME CONDITIONS FOR ANSWERED PRAYERS

  • Does your request bring Glory to God?

You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.
John 14:13 NLT

1 Corinthians 10:31 says whatever we do should be for the glory of God, whether eating or drinking. Jesus said that we can ask anything in His name and He will do it that the Father may be glorified. That is to say, for the glory of the Father to be made manifest by our requests

  • Is it the will of God?

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
I John 5:14‭-‬15 NKJV

When we pray in alignment to the will of God, we know that He hears us and that His will cannot be thwarted. God’s will is always the best for us.

Our requests will also be answered if we remain in Christ and He in us

But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!
John 15:7 NLT

From another perspective, our requests must synchronize and be in harmony with His Word.

  • Are we praying through the right source?

At that time you won’t need to ask me for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name. You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.
John 16:23‭-‬24 NLT

When Jesus was talking to His disciples, He told them that they should ask God the Father using His name, and that if our requests are made using His name, we will receive answers and have abundant joy.

As weird as it might seem, some people pray to unknown gods and still expect answers, perhaps out of ignorance. For effective answers, prayers must be made to God the Father Almighty using the name of Jesus and not any other fetish god or idols

  • Repentance from sin

Behold, the Lord ’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.
Isaiah 59:1‭-‬2 NKJV

The above scripture lets us know that it is our iniquities (sins) that have separated us from God and have hidden His face from us so that He will not hear. In conjunction, Micah 3:4 says;

Then they will cry to the Lord , But He will not hear them; He will even hide His face from them at that time, Because they have been evil in their deeds.

One major hindrance to answered prayers is sin. If you do not belong to the family of God, I don’t think you should expect fulfilled requests. There is only one prayer a sinner makes that God is certain to answer and that is the cry for mercy and forgiveness. The sincere desire to be reconciled with God and to be called His own. After this, other requests may follow.

Sometimes, our sins may be unknown to us. This is why the psalmist said;

How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin.
Psalms 19:12‭-‬13 NLT

This should constantly be our cry to God so that we can be free from guilt and innocent of great sin and be rest assured of answered prayers

KEY: As long as we are free from sin, pray to God Almighty and our requests Glorify God and are aligned to His will, we will receive answers in due time.

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BE YE HOLY

Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.
Hebrews 12:14 NLT

As Christians, one of our major goals is to see God in His glory on the final day. Therefore,we should regard Holiness as a mandate. From the above scripture, holiness should be the primary purpose of our lives.

  • Why should I be holy?

Our God is Holy, His name is Holy, and He has commanded us to be holy. If we truly love the Lord, we will obey His commands and we have been commanded to be Holy. Moreover, what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness, and what communion has light with darkness? Our very righteous God who is the light should have no business with any forms of darkness and sin which include unholiness. For proper fellowship with God, we have to be holy. Ultimately, we cannot behold God in His glory if we are unholy and continue to dwell in sin. Jesus Himself said;

On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’
Matthew 7:22‭-‬23 NLT

God’s law says BE HOLY! Every other thing contrary is breaking God’s law and we won’t be accepted into God’s kingdom on judgement day

  • How can I be holy?

In Exodus 3, when God called Moses, in the 5th verse, He said;

“Do not come any closer,” the Lord warned. “Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground.

What I obtained from this verse is that the presence of God brings Holiness. To live holy lives, we need the presence of God. The Word which is God (John 1:1) needs to sink deep into us such that wherever we go we can have His presence with us and truly be holy

ACT TODAY: Let the word of God not depart from you so that you can truly be Holy

PRAY: Heavenly Father, give me the grace to be holy just as you have commanded me and to finally behold you in all your glory on the last day

In Jesus’ Name. Amen

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