Friday, September 14, 2012

Oh Dear. Pride.

(Proverbs 11:2) When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

A brick wall that separates us from home, a bolder blocking the pathway, a raging sea separating a sailboat from shore—all of these things can be compared to pride. One thing's for sure though and that is that pride will never bring us anything good. It's the reason why we can't fully express ourselves, the reason why worshipers go sour, and the reason why a worship team can never come to be one. Pride. Even the utterance of this word sounds beguiling and intense.

Pridea high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.


In our personal and quiet lives as worshipers this can become a barrier between us and God, constructed by our own inhibitions. This state of mind will not permit us to connect with God because our eyes become fixed on our own splendor when they should be fixed on God's glory. Thinking highly of what we can do is meaningless in the things of God because our sole purpose as Christians is to recognize what He can do and what we can't do. Suddenly we get compliments, start living better than before, or maybe get accepted into one of the best Universities and leave God out. We forget who took us by the hand and guided our every step. Where's God? Where have we placed Him? He is the one and only deserving of all the glory and recognition. Just like pride affects our personal relationship with God it also has horrible consequences in our churches. Once there is a prideful spirit roaming around our time of fellowship all will go wrong because it divides friend against friend and neighbor against neighbor. Specifically talking to the Praise and Worship teams of churches I say with all my heart, leave pride out of your worship because it will soil even the prettiest song. What you feel you project and you can only give to others what you have. If that's a big bowl of pride then that will only bind up those who are free and entertain those who are not. God does not delight himself in a pretty song because anyone can sing; God lives in Worship that is presented to Him in spirit and in truth. It's got to be all about Him and nothing about looking at us. If you've seen this at your church then you know what I'm talking about. Singers, instrument players, ministers, dancers, people of the congregation, pride has got to get out of our churches because the whole "look-at-me" act is keeping us from God. If we want to see His glory then we've got to stop exhibiting ours.

How to Know if We're Full of Hot Air...

Suddenly no amount of praise will fill us. When pride takes over there'll be no more room for God and our relationship with Him will get devalued. We will replace our first love for an idol because without knowing it we will have become our own God. Pride causes us to say, "You know what God, thanks but I can do this! I'll call you if I need you but I'm doing really good right now." Our attitude will change and suddenly the words coming out of our mouths will even surprise us because we'll be unrecognizable. This path is surely one that we do not want to take because we are not alone in this life and if we have anything, anything at all, it's because God made it so. The glory and the honor...those belong to God.

How to Keep Both Feet On The Ground...

If we are humble always, in every situation God will be the one to lift us up. This is not to say that we can not accept a compliment but we must always, always, always give the glory to God and care more about putting His name in lights. We must never forget our first love and we must always remind ourselves of the moment in which we were saved by grace. It's always and forever got to be about Jesus. If our relationship with God remains first then pride will not stand a chance against such a burning flame.

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