How to Overcome Temptation, Part 12 (Onward Christian Soldiers #135)
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 12”
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 12 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 26:12 says, “Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.”
This verse speaks to those whom we would call ‘know-it-alls.’ These people trust in themselves and their own knowledge. They are ‘wise in their own conceit.’ The word ‘conceit’ is the Hebrew word ‘ayin’ which means “eye.” These people see themselves as wise, and so they trust in their own knowledge and understanding. But the Bible says it is more likely that they will become fools than anything else.
2. Proverbs 27:2 says, “Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.”
One mark of pride is how a person talks about himself. We ought not to be always talking about ourselves and how wonderful we think we are or how great we think we are. God says it is better to have others speak well of us. John Gill said, “To be commended by others, by any but a man’s self, is to his credit and reputation; but there is nothing more hurtful to it than self-commendation. If someone that he knows not, or has little acquaintance with only has good testimonies of him, it is greatly to his honour to be praised by him: and such a commendation comes with much better grace than if it came from himself.”
3. Proverbs 29:23 says, “A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.”
As several of the verses that we have looked at have emphasized, a proud person is eventually brought low. Those who are proud have a willful blindness to their own weaknesses. They do not pay attention to the advice and warnings of God and others, so they eventually fall. On the other hand, a person who is humble will remain in honour. The Hebrew word translated honor means having dignity or a good reputation. A humble person will not suffer the embarrassing loss of the proud person because he takes heed to the warnings and advice of God and others.
In closing, consider the words of this hymn titled “Humility” by William G. Schell:
Humility, thou secret vale,
Unknown to proud in heart;
Where showers of blessing never fail,
And glories never depart.
Humility, how pure thy place!
Thou seat of holiness!
Thou door of entrance into grace
And everlasting bliss!
Humility, thou shoreless sea
Of perfect love so deep!
Thy crystal waters cover me,
My helpless soul to keep.
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!