Beware of Pride!
Temptation can almost always be categorized as obvious and evil. Adultery, lying, murder, covetousness; but in some cases, temptation can appear innocent and even pure. When Satan can’t get you to fall any other way, what becomes his next plan of action? If he can’t get you to fall into the sin that so easily beset you before, how does he attack? He starts to draw your attention to yourself. Thoughts such as “Wow! Now look what you’ve become! You are not the “sinner” you used to be. You have become so beautiful! God must be very proud of you. You should be very proud of yourself.”
Notice what satan did to Job one night at the beginning of Job’s trial:
Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof. In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men, Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake. Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up: It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes,there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying, Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
As I read this scripture along with many examples in the gospels of the Pharisees, it became very evident that satan uses pride, not on those who are ashamed of their sin, but to those who’ve been living for God for some time. Pride is the temptation of a righteous man!
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
James 4:6-7a Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God.
James 4 warns us about pride. God resists the proud. This is not a warning to the lost, but to all of us. The Lord gives grace to the humble.
What is my attention/focus on? Self or God? My will or God’s will?
It’s time to adjust the sails in my heart and not allow the devil to pull me into self-will!
Beware of Pride!