Overcoming Sin – Part 6
The importance of rooting out pride from our lives cannot be overstated. Pride is one of the biggest reasons people struggle with sins in their Christian walk.
1. Read Proverbs 16:5, who does this verse say is an abomination to the Lord?
2. According to Proverbs 16:18, what experience in a person’s life follows pride?
3. According to 1 John 2:16, where does pride come from?
The ResultA prideful person is anyone who is focused upon themselves.
The reason that pride is so devastating is found in James 4:6. Read James 4:6...
4. What is God’s stance towards those who are proud?
5. According to James 4:6, what does God do for the humble?
6. According to Isaiah 23:9, what will God do with the prideful?
7. If we are hoping to overcome sin, but are prideful, what kind of help can we expect to receive from God?
8. According to Luke 1:51, what does God do with those who were proud in their hearts?
9. If we do not receive God’s help when we are prideful, what likelihood will we be able to overcome the sin in our lives?
Therefore, when we have pride in our hearts, we no longer have the gracious strength of God working in us and suddenly our ability to overcome sin returns to simply being energy from the world, Satan, or our flesh (Eph 2:2).
How can we know if we have pride in our lives?
All people have pride in their lives. The question not “if” but “where”? By removing pride from our lives, we will enable ourselves to draw upon the Lord’s strength. Read the following lists of pride and mark any areas of your life*:
1. Complaining against or passing judgment of God (Numbers 14:1-4, 9, 11)
2. Wanting God to operate the way you think He should (Romans 9:20)
3. Boasting or Arrogance (1 Samuel 2:3)
4. A lack of gratitude (2 Chronicles 32:25)
5. Anger (Proverbs 28:25; Matthew 20:1-16)
6. Drinking (or drugs) (Habakkuk 2:4-5)
7. Forsaking one’s responsibilities (Habakkuk 2:5)
8. Selfish, se (2 Timothy 3:2)
9. Quick to fight or quarrel (Galatians 5:20)
10. Envy or covetousness (Galatians 5:20)
11. Seeing yourself as better than others (Luke 36-50)
12. Having an inflated view of your importance, gifts and abilities (Acts 12:21-23)
13. Being focused on the lack of your gifts and abilities (1 Corinthians 12:14-25)
14. Perfectionism (Matthew 23:24-28)
15. Talking too much (Proverbs 10:10)
16. Talking too much about yourself (Proverbs 27:2; Galatians 6:3)
17. Seeking independence or control (1 Corinthians 1:10-13; Ephesians 5:21)
18. Being consumed with what others think (Galatians 1:10)
19. Being devastated or angered by criticism (Proverbs 13:1)
20. Being unteachable (Proverbs 10:20; John 9:13-34)
21. Being sarcastic, hurtful, or degrading (Proverbs 12:18, 24)
22. A lack of service (Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 2:10)
23. A lack of compassion (Matthew 5:7, 18:23-35)
24. Being defensive or blame-shifting (Genesis 3:12-13; Proverbs 12:1)
25. A lack of admitting when you are wrong (Proverbs 10:17)
26. A lack of asking forgiveness (Matthew 5:23-24)
27. A lack of biblical prayer (Luke 18:10-14)
28. Resisting authority or being disrespectful (1 Peter 2:13-17)
29. Voicing preferences or opinions when not asked (Philippians 2:1-4)
30. Minimizing your own sin and shortcomings (Matthew 7:3-5)
31. Maximizing others’ sin and shortcomings (Matthew 7:3-5; Luke 18:9-14)
32. Being impatient or irritable with others (Ephesians 4:21-32)
33. Being jealous or envious (1 Corinthians 13:4)
34. Using others (Matthew 7:12; Philippians 2:3-4)
35. Being deceitful by covering up sins, faults and mistakes (Proverbs 11:3; 28:13)
36. Using attention-getting tactics (1 Peter 3:3, 4)
37. Not having close relationships (Proverbs 18:1-2; Hebrews 10:24-25)
* Excerpted and modified from “From Pride to Humility” by Stuart Scott
How do we remove pride from our lives?
10. According to Romans 12:3, how should we view ourselves? What does that mean?
11. According to Romans 12:16, how should we view ourselves? What does that mean?