The Barrier of Pride


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Week #5 of our “Barriers to Going Beyond” Series
 
The Barrier of Pride
 
Quiz:
  • How long did the hundred-years war last? 136 years
  • Which country makes Panama hats? Ecuador
  • From what animal do we get cat-gut? Sheep and horses
  • What is camel hair brush made from? Squirrel fur
  • What was King George’s fist name? Albert
  • What color is the purple finch? Distinctively crimson
You can think you’re right, but you’re not even close. That’s how pride works.
 
Proverbs 16:18 – “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
 
Look at the lessons from Uzziah’s life:
 
King Uzziah stands as a devastating and sobering reminder of the effect of pride in our lives
 
2 Chronicles 26:1-8 – “And all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king instead of his father Amaziah. He built Eloth and restored it to Judah, after the king slept with his fathers. Uzziah was sixteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jecoliah of Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done. He set himself to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God, and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper. He went out and made war against the Philistines and broke through the wall of Gath and the wall of Jabneh and the wall of Ashdod, and he built cities in the territory of Ashdod and elsewhere among the Philistines. God helped him against the Philistines and against the Arabians who lived in Gurbaal and against the Meunites. The Ammonites paid tribute to Uzziah, and his fame spread even to the border of Egypt, for he became very strong.”
 
Uzziah did a lot of great things, but pride eventually destroyed his legacy.
 
2 Chronicles 26:16-19 – “But when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction. For he was unfaithful to the Lord his God and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense. But Azariah the priest went in after him, with eighty priests of the Lord who were men of valor, and they withstood King Uzziah and said to him, “It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the Lord, but for the priests, the sons of Aaron, who are consecrated to burn incense. Go out of the sanctuary, for you have done wrong, and it will bring you no honor from the Lord God.” Then Uzziah was angry. Now he had a censer in his hand to burn incense, and when he became angry with the priests, leprosy broke out on his forehead in the presence of the priests in the house of the Lord, by the altar of incense.”
 
  1. Our desires turn us away from God
 
Warning signs tell us to “watch out, there’s danger ahead.”
 
Being impressed or inflated with ourselves leads us to ignore warning signs
 
Are you in awe of what Jesus has done and is doing in your life or have you put that to the side in favor of what you have done and are doing?
 
Pride says: I can do that. I have the skills to do that. That “can do” attitude helps us go beyond, but there’s also an unhealthy pride.
 
An unhealthy pride turns you away from God and towards yourself.
 
Once you start thinking like that, you know unhealthy pride has entered your life.
 
  1. We turn our face away from instruction
 
Uzziah did what was right in the Lord’s sight of early on but then he trusted in his own sight and strength.
 
He forgot that there was another King he needed to follow – God.
 
Psalm 1 – “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.”
 
Delighting in the Lord is about following where God leads and instructs. We do that because of our relationship with Him.
 
Isaiah 1:12-14 – “”When you come to appear before me, who has required of you this trampling of my courts? Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations— I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates; they have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them.”
 
When we just go through the motions, our lives aren’t being transformed.
 
Proverbs 28:9 – “If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.”
 
Don’t turn your face away from instruction.
 
Can you learn from your mistakes?
 
You can’t live a Go Beyond life while staying in your comfort zone.
 
  1. We turn from other people
 
Instead of responding to a wise council with humility, we respond with anger.
 
How we respond reveals the true nature of our hearts.
 
Make yourself accountable to others.
 
Pride is the only disease known to man that makes everyone sick except the one who has it.
 
Accountability questions:
  • What are you doing to enjoy life?
  • What new stresses are entering your life?
  • Who or what is getting too much air time in your life right now?
  • What are you passionate about in the coming weeks, months, years?
  • Where have you succumbed to temptation lately?
  • What have you not told me that you should?