Pride is just one thing that has kept a lot of people from achieving success. Pride first comes with a feeling before an action.That feeling of over-satisfaction, superiority over ones life. The action of pride is arrogance. So when that feeling comes, arrogance sets in and once arrogance sets in, failure comes immediately.
Most often people develop pride in the quest of developing a high self esteem. But we ought to note that Pride is totally different from high self esteem.One who has pride does not have a healthy self esteem. A high self esteem is having a positive reaction or evaluation about oneself while Pride is a feeling of over-satisfaction over ones self esteem. So you can now see the difference. You can now understand that in as much as you are working on developing a healthy self esteem, you must look out for pride because it is one thing that must set in immediately.
I have always thought, “why is it that one starts being successful and all of a sudden gets back to the zero level”.I understood this more when I understood what pride can do. Pride is what causes you to over trust yourself and to stop believing in the power of God. It makes you feel that it is your power and not God’s power. Pride makes you feel superior, feel powerful, over confident, self trust, arrogant, etc. These are all what God dislikes.(see proverbs 8:13)
Pride makes you feel that it is your power and not God’s power
Notice that when pride sets in, backwardness follows. This is because God is never pleased with a proud man and always seeks to humble him ( Isaiah 13:11). If you don’t humble yourself, God will humble you by taking you back to where you started from. Proverbs 11:12 says “When pride comes, comes disgrace but humility cones with wisdom.” A proud man cannot success because he is never humble to learn. His Mr I know all attitude will never let him be. He is always right while the other person is wrong. He feels that he is the only one that can do it best, every other person is worthless.
If you don’t humble yourself, God will humble you by taking you back to where you started from
This is what causes failure in academics, carrier, business and marriage. Jesus was able to have a successful stay on earth and also fulfilled his purpose because he never allowed pride to set in. Knowing fully well that he has the power to do all things, he was humble enough to always acknowledge the power of his father. God loves a humble man.
Though I know I share in his inheritance, I have what it takes, he has paid the price for me. I am doing just fine and I’m becoming who he created me to be but I’ll never stop acknowledging the fact that it’s all about him and his love. His reason of using you to touch the life of men is because you humbled yourself for him to use you.Grace is a product of God’s love. James 4:6 God resist the proud and give them grace to the humble. If you could always humble yourself and place God as the most superior, and acknowledge his Power, you will never struggle to achieve success. His grace will be bountiful and before you know it, you’ll see yourself rising daily and breaking barriers without constantly falling.
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