How to Overcome Temptation, Part 11 (Onward Christian Soldiers #134)
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 11”
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.
The sin that we are going to continue looking at today is the sin of “pride”. We have already looked at nine 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 18:12 says, “Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.” The first part of this verse is similar to the one that says, “Pride goeth before a fall.” Often, proud people have terrible failures because they are not humble enough to heed warnings and advice. They think that they can handle it and that they have everything under control. Their pride and their haughtiness or high opinion of themselves blinds them to the dangers of the way they are going, and they end up meeting destruction and ruin. On the other hand, humility goes before honor. The one thing God can do with a humble person that He can’t do with a proud person is raise him up. We ought not to be seeking for glory, praise, or honor, but God, in His goodness, may choose to give some of that to us, but only to someone who is humble.
2. Proverbs 21:4 says, “An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.” One of the outward signs that is sometimes associated with pride is the lifting up of the head. A proud person sees himself as better than others, and he shows this in his posture. When you walk into a room, you can normally tell who the self-important people are just by the way they carry themselves. But, more dangerous than a “high look” is a “proud heart.” There are some people who mask their pride under false humility. They appear humble on the outside — and they work hard at making others think they are humble — but, inwardly, they think they are better than others. The “ploughing of the wicked” denotes persistent, aggressive action. It takes strength and vigor to plow a field by hand; in Biblical times, farmers used an ox to pull the plow. Proud, wicked people put the same kind of aggressive strength into implementing their evil schemes, and the Bible calls this “sin.”
3. Proverbs 21:24 says, “Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.” The definition of the word “scorner” is a person who mocks and scoffs. You can imagine a proud person brushing off, mocking, or scoffing at biblical instruction. They don’t think they need God’s advice. They plow forward dealing with things in their own proud way. The Pulpit Commentary states that ‘wrath’ in this verse ‘denotes a lack of moderation; a person who acts presumptively.’ You can’t teach these people anything. The most you can do for them is to let them learn the hard way that pride and rebellion will only bring them down.
In closing, consider this poem titled “Save Me” by Joanna Fuchs:
Save me from myself, Lord;
Save me from my need
To always run my life, Lord,
To control my every deed.
Save me from my pride, Lord,
My focus on just me;
Help me learn to serve, Lord;
Like you, I want to be.
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!