• Pastor James Yako

Get Rid of Pride

Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

I’ll never forget the first sermon I ever preached. It was in a preaching course at Nyack College. I was so excited to preach that pride started to fill my heart. I thought my sermon was going to be the best; however, it was a disaster. It was the shortest message ever ministered and I gave no eye contact to the audience because I read my notes the whole time. After I miserably failed, the Lord spoke to me and said, “Son, do you want to do things my way now?” In other words He was telling me that He allowed me to fail, so that I could realize that I preach for His Kingdom not my own.

Pride is a powerful tool that the enemy will use so that we won’t give glory to God, but we’ll give it to ourselves. When the truth is that everything we do should be for God’s glory not our own. So, how do we get rid of pride? The answer is by being humble.

Proverbs 11:2- When pride comes then comes shame, but with the humble is wisdom.

When you’re humble, that’s when you will receive wisdom, which will help you to make better decisions. How does this work? Well, let me explain. A person that is prideful is always thinking about themselves especially when it comes to making decisions. However, a humble person will base their decisions on how it will affect others. A humble person will put other people’s needs before their own, which will result in them getting rid of their pride.

It is also important to acknowledge that when we are humble we’ll receive honor.

Proverbs 29:23- A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor.

A prideful person is so selfish that people won’t respect them. However, those that are humble will be respected by others. I think it’s safe to say that we all want to be respected by other people. The only way for that to happen is if we humble ourselves and get rid of pride.

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