The Deceit of Pride

by Margrett Dawson Wallace
(Pelham, Georgia USA)

The Deceit of Pride

Pride (definition) – An excessive belief in one’s own abilities, that interferes with the individual’s recognition of the grace of God.

Pride is Deceptive

Pride is a venomous poison that seeps into the lives of even the mightiest of men. It claims self-sufficiency and independence as a focal point for one’s accomplishments. I struggle with this form of pride. Who wants to be dependent on anyone or anything? Yet Jehovah God is desiring a humble spirit, to realize that we can’t live this life in our own strength. Even when we don’t give praise and honor to God, He is still where the strength is coming from; we are just not admitting it to ourselves.

Apart from God I can do nothing. — John 15:5

Every good and perfect gift is from above. — James 1:17

Pride Comes With Friends.

Pride does not travel alone. With pride comes guilt, competition, and judging. It is hard to stay feeling self- sufficient because one soon realizes that they never measure up to their own expectations.
They feel guilty for their own inadequacies because they are so bent on fixing themselves in their own strength and soon realize this is an impossible task. One may also become competitive as they realize they can’t be perfect. So as long as they are better than the guy next to them they are doing OK, which would also lead to the judging aspect. Pride has a way of comparing oneself with others, in a futile attempt to feel adequate.

Desire to Feel Loved

Pride sneaks around like a wolf in sheeps clothing, preying on our desire to feel valued through our own strength. Yet, when the fog fades we soon realize the desire to be great is not what we wanted after all. It is the desire to be loved.

King Nebuchadnezzar was proud of the kingdom that he built in all its grandeur. How often do we do the same thing? We pat ourselves on our backs with a smile on our face and a warm fuzzy feeling in our tummy.

Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty? Even as the words were on his lips, a voice came from heaven, “This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you. You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the” Most High” is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes.” — Daniel 4:30-32

God is only for Emergencies?

There is this false notion that we can do it all on our own, that God is only for emergencies, or for the weak. Pride sets in. It becomes easier and easier to truly believe you can do it on your own. It takes instances beyond our control to slowly crack into that false façade.

Pride cometh before the fall. — Proverbs 16:18

Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. — 1 Cor. 10:12

Nobody is Perfect

God knows we are not perfect, but we try to puff up and validate that we can do it all on our own.


For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. — Romans 3:23


On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. — Matthew 9:12

How could we possibly think that we could put on our best spit and polish and impress the Lord with something we’ve accomplished on our own?

Give God Praise

We need to humble ourselves and thank God for what He does for us and through us.

One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” — Luke 17:15-19

He wants the best we can do, each new day, with this frame of dust held together by our Maker. That’s enough. That’s the key-to understand our dependence on Him, not to impress Him with our lack of need.

Thanks for allowing me to share…never to live this life again…

Pride

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to (((YIV))) Real Discussion Real People.

YOUR inner voice

Right here, Right now.

BLOGGING for A Better WORLD!

What do like minded-people have in common?

More Articles...

Being a Prince 
Not sure how your response relates to "why do you continue engaging, knowing all the long term pain and suffering this is causing"? Seems to me, this …

how I got my husband back 
I want to testify of the good work of prophet Bond, who helped me in bringing back my ex,  i never thought i was going to have him again. My name is …

Justified because DOMINATION 
It took an incident like this to push to the forefront the inhumane treatment of black America...demand attention, stop the killing, stop the racism, stop …

Losing a best friend 
Wow! First of all my condolences for your lost! Death is uncontrollable. Some are chosen first and some are chosen at a later or different time! We all …

my testimony on how i got my husband back and kids  
Hello everyone i want to share a live testimony on how Dr Osimen was able to bring my husband back to me, myself and my husband were on a serious breakup, …

White girls ignoring white guys and throwing themselves at Mexican American guys 
I'm a white guy in fresno can and all I see is white girls running to Mexican American guys. They refuse to even consider a date with me a good looking …

White women are destroying white men Not rated yet
Women can make or break a man, for behind every successful man is a strong woman. White women today are weak and out to break the white man in the name …

I am a Channel Not rated yet
Hi, I am a chenneller. I became aware of it in 2011 after a huge loss. I am mixed but spirit sent me a black channel to teach me what I am. She is …

Life Not rated yet
Wat is life if all we do is make money for pointless gain look at us were losing everything but we don't care along as we have more than the person next …

Women's Corner Not rated yet
As we prepare for the Christmas (Holiday) Season.. We are out shopping for gifts and preparing special dinner, cooking those delicious cakes. Let us …

looking for whitewemen that hate whitemen Not rated yet
I love whitewemen that hate their own race I'm a blackman.

A MELANIN FREQUENCY-THE MYSTIC CHANNELER SEKHMET Not rated yet
Greetings and Welcome to my page. "A MELANIN FREQUENCY-THE MYSTIC CHANNELER SEKHMET" I am blessed with the gift of Clairaudient and Clairvoyance. …

"PSYCHOLOGICAL INFLUENCES AND SPIRITUAL WARFARE" By A.A. AMEN-RA Not rated yet
Sometime late last year in 2015, a subject was brought to the attention of the American public, that it had been decided that they were going to try to …

Beautiful tribute  Not rated yet
Dee, you said it so poignantly with such deep feeling. I hope that when my time comes, someone will be so caring of me. May she rest in peace and may …

How prepared are you?re you prepared Not rated yet
The people that are involved in a relationship will some day plan and prepare for their special day with much time,effort, decision making and a whole …

who is making the white women for u Not rated yet
haters here. clearly.

is that a knock-out? Not rated yet
I thought that rose would be dead by now, great job

Thank you for sharing Not rated yet
Our history is so violent and distorted and all we want to know is both sides of the story. Recognize, confess, know...thanks for sharing

you go girl... Not rated yet
beautiful, somebody is expecting a bountiful harvest, like that huge lobster! Enjoy

Love Leggings Not rated yet
People talk about the shit you do ruining their kids, but you never hear about the things they do ruining yours. Who's ruining who? A heart for leggings, …

When you think you escaped Not rated yet
Can't sleep, stress, can't be satisfied and more stress. A chain, lock, wrench, telephone how can they help you? One day you come to realize for …

Cosby's infidelity Not rated yet
Cosby has long been dogged by accusations of infidelity. As Cosby joined the ranks of other famous infidels like Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson, Willie …

Cosby's response Not rated yet
Bill Cosby will not dignify "decade-old, discredited" claims of sexual abuse with a response, his attorney said Sunday, the first comment from the famed …

Something Better for Something Worse Not rated yet
Is Mr. Cosby a good example of this?

Click here to write your own.

NOTHING like TRN was announced - PURE LIE Not rated yet
It is very strange people spreading BS instead of facts. They were screaming all over the internet that March 17 will be announcement of TRN and prices …

Click here to write your own.