How to Overcome Temptation, Part 10 (Onward Christian Soldiers #133)
Our key Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 10”
In this section of our Onward Christian Soldiers discipleship class, we are going to continue looking at specific temptations that are, as the Bible says, “common to man.” We are reviewing what the Bible says about these sins so we can be aware of its dangers and so that we can hide Scripture in our hearts to use when we are tempted with these sins.
The sin that we are going to continue looking at today is the sin of “pride”. We have already looked at six verses that combat this temptation. Here are three more. (Remember, the text of this lesson is made available online after each class, so you can go to our website GLHOPI.com, click the “Onward Christian Soldiers” banner on the home page, and begin to learn these verses by heart throughout the week.)
1. Proverbs 8:13 says, “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” A person who truly fears God hates those things which God hates. Chief among the things that God hates is pride. Pride goes hand-in-hand with arrogancy. A person who is proud and arrogant will soon go down the evil way because he, a sinful human being, thinks he knows what is right, but what he thinks is right is actually wrong in God’s sight. Such a person’s behavior will be evidenced by their words — which will be “froward” or perverse. These kinds of people will try to influence others to turn away from God as well.
2. Proverbs 13:10 says, “Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.” When you have a bunch of proud people in a room, in a family, or in a church, do you know what you will have? You will have a lot of arguments, a lot of disagreement, and a lot of contention because everybody will want to have their own way and will not want to listen to anyone else. Wise people, on the other hand, willingly receive advice from others. They are “well-advised” and they do better in life because they are willing to listen and learn.
3. Proverbs 16:19 says, “Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.” Not only should we be humble, but we should hang out with humble people. The proud may, for a time, have riches and success, but as other passages of Scripture tell us, it is the proud who are headed for a fall and for destruction. The humble are headed for blessings from God and possibly being raised up in the future.
In closing, consider this poem titled “Take My Pride, Lord” by Deborah Ann Belka:
Lord, take away the pride,
in the things I say and do
let me take no pleasure
in just my point of view.
Teach me to be humble,
instead of being right
so I can be worthy
and pleasing in your sight.
Help me to be meek,
less of myself aware
let not my ego cause
others any despair.
Let me be grateful,
and modest in my needs
may I not be haughty
in my acts and deeds.
Lord, take away my pride,
let me make you proud
may it be my gentle spirit
that stands out in a crowd!
If you struggle with pride, take these passages to heart and begin to use them the next time you face that temptation.
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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!