By Grace Rid Yourself of Pride

November 7, 2009

By Grace Rid Yourself of Pride

1. Ask God to illuminate your heart so you can begin to see the fruits of pride in your life. Ask friends to point out the fruits of pride in your life realizing your
heart is exceedingly deceitful.

2. You must meet the qualifications if you are to go on in God. Humility is the
attitude upon which everything else is built.

3. Ask God to convict you point by point (Psalm 139:23-24) and trust that he will. You don’t want or need general condemnation, only specific, godly conviction.

4. Confess your pride to God point by point and ask for his forgiveness. Just as importantly, ask him to cleanse you of all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

5. Don’t ask God to humble you — the Scriptures say to humble yourself (1 Peter 5:6). Humility isn’t an emotion; it’s a decision of the will to think and act
differently. Vine’s Expository Dictionary defines humble as “low lying.” Ask
yourself how you could be low lying or put others before yourself in various
situations, and then do it.
*Respond to opportunities God gives you to humble yourself or honor others.

6. Confess your sins of pride to those you have effected and to your friends.
They can help to hold you accountable and bring the on-going correction you will need.
*Be open, honest and transparent about your life and sins.

7. Ask God to give you a holy hatred for pride and its fruits in your life. Be
continually on the alert. Don’t allow pride to grow in your heart. Sow to the
Spirit, not to the flesh.

8. Remember your war against pride is life-long. It is not a battle won in a day.
Yet, as you faithfully put to death, pride, and put on, humility, you will
experience greater freedom and more importantly greater conformity to image
and likeness of Christ. In so doing, God will be glorified in your life!


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