Pride

Text: 1 Cor. 10:12

INTRODUCTION:

A. TOO EASY TO THINK WE ARE BETTER THAN WE ARE.

B. WHEN WE GET TOO BIG FOR OUR BRITCHES, WE ARE GOOD TARGETS FOR THE

DEVIL.

C. PRIDE IS A GOOD ATTITUDE TO AVOID ( Prov. 8:13; 11:2; 16:18; 29:23 )

D. A PRODUCT OF AN EVIL HEART (Mark 7:21-23).

I. WHAT IS PRIDE?

a 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 Dictionary.com

A. Rom. 12:3. AN OVERESTIMATION OF ONES VALUE, IMPORTANCE OR ABILITY.

B. LINKED TO SELFISHNESS (Phil. 2:3-4). Im better, therefore, I deserve more.

II. THE OPPOSITE OF POOR IN SPIRIT (Matt. 5:3).

A. SPIRITUALLY HUMBLE REALIZING SMALLNESS (Psa. 144:3-4).

1. Consider mans place in the cosmos.

2. Consider mans effect on his environment (Ecc. 1).

B. A TRAIT NECESSARY FOR MEMBERS OF THE BODY (Matt. 18:1-4).

1. Beware! the temptation to over-inflate (Rom. 12:3; Matt. 3:9).

2. Dare we compare ourselves to others? (2 Cor. 10:12; Luke 18:9-14).

3. Jesus is the standard (John 12:48; Acts 17:30-31). How do we compare now?

4. How important are we? (1 Cor. 12:21-22)

5. Put the other first (Phil. 2:1-4).

6. Lowliness springing out of that Love (Eph. 4:1-3; 1 Cor. 13:4).

D. CONTRAST WITH THE PHARISEES (Luke 18:9-14).

C. WE ARE TOTALLY DEPENDENT ON GOD.

1. Man has nowhere to brag (Prov. 14:12; Jer. 10:23; 1 Cor. 10:12; 1:21; 3:18).

2. All are sinners (Rom. 3:9, 23).

SAVED BY GRACE!

Eph. 2:8-9

CONCLUSION:

A. WE MUST HUMBLE OURSELVE TO OBEY AS JESUS DID (Phil. 2:5-8).

B. IF WE HUMBLE OURSELVES, GOD WILL LIFT US UP (James 4:10)