|STEP FOUR - FIND WHAT GOD HATES (PRIDE)
These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren." Proverbs 6:16-19
In our daily walk with the Lord, we need to find out what he hates and refrain from doing them. This is very important. So therefore what is pride one may ask?
Pride is proud or disdainful behavior or treatment; insolence or arrogance of demeanor; haughty bearing and conduct; insolent exultation; disdain.
The reason why it is very important to do away with the pride of life is that God hates it. Lucifer was cast down because of pride. The Bible says that "Pride goeth before distruction" so please do away with it. The Bible says in Isaiah 14:12-14 "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Read the whole story about Lucifer in Ezekiel 28
The Bible says in Proverbs 8:12-14 that "The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate" and in
Proverbs 11:1-3 it says "When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom." It continued to say in
Proverbs 16:17-19 "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."
A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit. An example is Nebuchadnezzar, who because of his pride, his heart was made like a beast and he ate grass. This is recorded in Daniel 5:20,21
"But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him:
And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will."
Pride is not of God
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." (1 John 2:15-17)
God resisteth the proud
"Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble." (James 4:6,7)
Step 5 -
Find What God Loves (Humility)