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A much needed post. Personal truth…I have seen just how pride and those in bondage to it, destroys. It destroys relationship with God, it destroys relationship with people, and in my case, it has destroyed all pretense of marriage. While pretense is a good thing to have to face because there is no truth in pretense, how that pretense has been cultivated, set up and administered is heartbreaking. It is when it is your sin and you must face it, and it is when you realize that the one you had your hope in as a spouse can never even be a friend. All because of pride. God’s word is truth. It does lead to a great fall. And it does destroy. Original sin…and the hallmark of Satan. May God smash all pride and regenerate every heart held captive by it in genuine, broken, devastating repentance and full surrender to Christ as Lord. Anything less is nothing more than seeking freedom from guilt, a better life, feelings of “peace”, and every selfish thing under the sun. And hollow spirituality is no substitute for true righteousness gained only through God granting the humility to truly repent and stop seeking Him for what one can “get” in that seeking, but to seek Him as the only One who can break the psychotic slavery of the prideful heart that, when you get right down to it, doesn’t love Him or anyone else but themselves. And in the end shall reap their own destruction.~AGM†
In his wonderful sermon, “Pride the Destroyer”, Charles Spurgeon preached,
A prideful person “does not seek the Light of God. You can often notice that if a man has a high opinion of himself, he is extremely good and excellent and does not need to be saved by Grace. He does not want to be told too much about himself. He likes to go to a place of worship where they prophesy very smooth things and if he ever strays in where there is very plain talk, he says that the preacher is too personal. The Hindu thinks it is wicked to kill an insect, or to take life of any kind—and that he will surely not enter into his happy paradise if he does. When the missionary showed a Hindu, by means of a microscope, how many living creatures there were in a single drop of the water which was in a glass on the table, in order to convince him of the impossibility of avoiding the destruction of life if he drank the water, what did the Hindu do? Why, he smashed up the microscope! That was his way of answering it! And so, sometimes, if the Truth of God is put very plainly so that men cannot escape from the force of it, not wishing to know the uncomfortable Truth, they turn upon their heels and find fault with the preacher and refuse to hear any more from him!”
We are the microscope. We show the truth of the hidden manna. We point the eye toward the hidden kingdom. Some will not even look through the lens! Others who dare to peer, will react as the Hindu did, and smash the Christian. Why is this?
For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. (John 3:20)
In 1845, American Preacher Daniel A. Clark said,
Wicked men hate the light, because it exposes his vileness. When the cellar has been shut up for years is first laid open, by the opening of knows and doors, it presents a disgusting sight. We wonder how so much filth could have accumulated there. So the dark and wicked heart of man seems unutterably vile and loathsome when God’s Word and Spirit enters into it.
Wicked men hate the light, because it shows the necessity of a better character. The soul in love with sin is agonized with an apprehension of the necessity of reformation. Sinful habits let go their hold with a wonderful reluctance. They cry out, “let us alone,” and they are expelled, just like the demons who were driven out by our Savior. The contrast which exists between good and bad men is painful to the wicked just as it is perceived.
(source, The American National Preacher, Volumes 19-22, 1845)
But there is good news too. John 3 continues from verse 20 to verse 21,
“But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”
It cannot be stated strongly enough or more times than necessary….
“The Bible makes it clear that those who are genuinely saved are righteous and holy. They still sin, but with decreasing frequency. A true believer hates his sin (cf., Rom. 7:15-25) and repents of it, hungering and thirsting for what is right. He obeys God, loves his brother, and hates the evil world system. No one can be a Christian and continue living the way he did before he knew Christ. Making a decision years ago, going to an inquiry room, walking an aisle, or reading a tract on how to accept Christ is not a biblical criterion for salvation–the issue is what your life is like right now. If sin and unrighteousness characterize your life, there is a possibility you are a disobedient Christian–but there is a greater possibility you are not a Christian at all.”~John MacArthur
One who lives in a constant state of pride is perishing. And the devil loves that.