Having looked at God’s heart concerning pride in Part 1 and scriptural insights about the nature of pride in Part 2, we now turn our attention to the consequences of pride.
CONSEQUENCES OF PRIDE
1.God will not tolerate you
In other words, God will not allow the existence, occurrence, or practice of pride without interference.
Whoever secretly slanders his neighbour, him I will silence; The one who has a haughty look and a proud (arrogant) heart I will not tolerate. (Psa. 101:5 AMP)
2. Pride will bring punishment from God
We noted above that God will not tolerate pride without interference. He will interfere through punishment.
Everyone who is proud and arrogant in heart is disgusting and exceedingly offensive to the Lord; Be assured he will not go unpunished. (Prov. 16:5 AMP)
3. Pride brings destruction and embarrassment.
Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. (Pro. 16:18)
The proud usually have lack of support when going through destruction because pride causes self-sufficiency and pushes people away because they feel unneeded and are usually made to feel inferior. So, when the proud person needs people they are nowhere to be found. The persons who do tend to hang around an arrogant person are usually able to do so because they also have an arrogant nature. God says that they too will be destroyed. God’s destruction will be so complete that nothing will be left.
“The arrogant (proud) one will stumble and fall With no one to raise him up; And I will set fire to his cities And it will devour all who are around him.” (Jer. 50:32)
4. God is against the proud and withholds His grace
The scriptures say that “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31). Have you ever thought about what happens if God is not for you? You are left without anyone to defend you against enemy attack because God Himself refuses to stand with you. That is a scary place to be.
“Behold, I am against you, O most haughty one!” says the Lord God of hosts; “For your day has come, The time that I will punish you. (Jer. 50:31, NKJV)
But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” (Jas. 4:6)
…….Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” (1 Pet. 5:5b)
Not only does God resist the proud, He withholds His grace from them. ‘Grace’ does not only mean unmerited favour as most of us have been taught, it also means divine influence within us to overcome sin. Hence, the inability to withstand the enemy. Since the prideful person believes that he/she is their own god they believe they can do things in their own strength and do not avail themselves of the grace that has been made available through the death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The inability of the proud to resist the attack of the enemy is brought out further in the following scripture.
So submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from you. (Jas.4:7 AMP)
It is obvious that a precondition for God’s grace to resist the devil is to submit yourself under God’s authority. A major challenge for the proud person is submitting to any authority.
5. Pride brings poverty, dishonour and death
By humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches and honor and life. (Prov 22:4 NKJV)
We established in Part 2 that humility is the opposite of pride. Hence, whatever benefits are gained by being humble the opposite must be true if pride is present instead. Instead of riches there will be poverty, instead of honour there will be dishonour, and instead of life there will be death. We can argue further, that the Lord says we have prosperity when we obey his commandments (Joshua 1:8). We already know that pride is sin; hence, we cannot access the promises of God that pertain to the righteous, including prosperity.
6. Pride hinders our prayers
One of the chief reasons Satan does not want us delivered from pride is to hinder the effectiveness of our greatest weapon – PRAYER.
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. (2 Chron. 7:14-15)
The Lord says ‘NOW My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer’. Now when? When prayers are made with an attitude of humility. God’s first requirement is not for us to pray but for us to pray with a spirit of humility. Where there is a spirit of pride our prayers are dead in the water. They have no effect. We could quote every scripture, agree and bind left right and centre, but God’s eyes will be closed and He will not hear our prayers. We will simply be wasting our time and His.
Ultimately, PRIDE DESTROYS OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AND OTHERS; IT CAUSES US TO MISS OUR PURPOSE.
See you next week for the next installment of “The Many Faces of Pride”.