Pride

Discussions on pride might seem to be simple and straight forward especially in Christian domain, where we all know that God resists the proud(Jas 4:6, 1Pe 5:5) and that pride comes before fall(Pr 16:18). These statements might evidently proof why no Christian will “willingly” fall to the sin of pride. But like many other sins, I belief that many like me might in one way or the other be at a struggle with pride. Not necessarily as a sin you commit, but take for example the times when it becomes a little difficult to differentiate whether a brother’s testimony was to glorify God or to tell you how he is more special to God than many of you seated in the pews and how you cannot even dare ask God to use you any way close to him. After all, you don’t pray long enough! A few questions, what is pride? Does anyone really want to be proud? What are the differences, similarities or relationships that exist in relation to self-confidence, self-esteem, pride, boastfulness and arrogance? Is there anything like false humility? I do not seek to answer all these questions in this write up but to make them serve as seeds for thought. Additionally, I will still be looking forward to your comments to throw more light on this topic.

One classical example of Pride in the bible is the biography of Uzziah, King of Judah, I love this illustration because it portrays to a large extent a complete working of Pride.

“Uzziah was sixteen years old when he began to reign… he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah had done… he set himself to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God; and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him prosper. But when he was strong he grew proud, to his destruction (2 Chronicles 26: 1-16)”.

Uzziah like many men did all the right things, worked with the right people and the right God until the wrong attitude comes along, P-R-I-D-E!

What causes it: a conscious or unconscious forgetting of where you come from and how you got where you are, or having a wrong perspective of where you came from and how you got to where you are ( e.g. thinking I would always have made it, I’m from a good home). These in turn leads to an overvaluation of yourself as a result of your current successes and thus pride.

What it causes: You damn your benefactors, by denying or devaluing their help. Then you find usually creative ways not to owe them gratitude, respect, love or faithfulness. You refuse to listen to caution and you ascribe to yourself more capability and responsibility than is truly due you (2 Chronicles 26:16 – 22).

God honours us with success by answering our prayers that are in line with his will and are made with the right motive or as an act of exercising his sovereignty. But pride is the response perverted benefactors of God pay for the honour God gives them.

When pride becomes our response to the honour God gives us, he strikes us in a way that causes people around us and ourselves to hurriedly abandon position of honour we crave for ourselves.(2 Chronicles 26: 20).

God’s gifts are without repentance but they come with accountability when we are accountable for something, we don’t own it, we steward it and as such the glory at any point for its success goes to the owner. To do this successfully no matter the level of success you continually attain,

1- Consciously as much as possible look for, recognize and inform yourself of the hand of God at work. Pride is seeded with wrong information why not keep updated with the right information. Recognize and accept the God’s work as not a work to glorify you but to glorify his name through you and purge yourself of all filthiness especially wrong information to make you a vessel of honour.
2- Confess openly the deep rooted believe in the grace of God at work in you when the time is appropriate. This will direct your mind and the minds of those who blindly push glory to you to the grace of God and also prevent you from adopting their thinking. Remember God will destroy the proud and those who fuel their pride.
3- Finally, know that you cannot achieve any of the above by yourself and that the Holy Spirit is your helper, never forget to ask for his help and be ready to submit to his leading no matter the cost.

God bless you and do not forget to leave your comments, we cherish it so much.

The Extraordinary Father: A Character Study of God

It is a blessing to have you today as we turn our attention to the very important topic of fatherhood. In the past two weeks we had the privilege of featuring an article by one of the readers of this blog entitled the Extraordinary Husband: A Case for Adam (it is a must-read). We learnt husbandhood from the first husband, and today we are blessed to learn fatherhood from the first father. And hence the character study of God

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The bible is decorated with scattered pieces of golden wisdom on fatherhood displayed by God to all his children and especially to his first born Jesus. In today’s discussion, we will attempt to unearth some of the wisdom for fatherhood embedded God’s disposition towards his children.

1. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5 RSV)

God acknowledges and bonds with us even before our birth. He sets us apart as his children and plans for our life. Being a great father begins with acknowledging the gift and power of procreation giving to us by God, knowing that we have children to be born to us and that we have a responsibility to guide them into the purpose of God for their life. This demands that we know our children before they are born to us, through prayer and supplication by faith and not assumption, opening our spirit to communion with God concerning our children and their purpose. This is not necessarily to come with clear directions, like the name of the child, the sex or school he or she should attend but this is to raise the your spiritual consciousness of and bonding with the coming child, to grant you prior spiritual insight and for your spirit to download important information about your child necessary for his or her unique nature.

2. For he received honour and glory from God the father when the voice came to him from the majestic glory, saying, “This is my son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (2Pe 1:17, NIV)

Let your children and those around you know that you love them (your children). Do it in deeds and in words, yes especially in words. That even seems to be where God started with in public in relation to Jesus. He publicly declared his love for his Son. This gives your children an important sense of being valued. Your children need this in a world that may look down on them in many ways. The honour and glory they receive from the knowledge of being beloved is essential in building their self-esteem and confidence and also plays an important role in the choices and decisions they make in life. Love your children from birth and let them know in word and deed.

3. Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever he does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all that he himself is doing… (John 5:19-20, RSV).

Instruct your child in the way he or she should go, but giving an example is the most important way of teaching a child. For children, especially those who are confident of their father’s love for them, what daddy does is an important indication of what is acceptable now and in the future. Apart from being an indication of what is acceptable, the examples evident in your lifestyle are also important in shaping your child’s understanding or conceptualization of fatherhood and thus manhood in general. As James Robin says, a father’s blessing to a child is sometimes in word but always by example. What examples are you setting for your children?

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4. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Mt 27:46, RSV)

God is repelled by sin in man and not even his beloved Son was an exception to this rule when he carried the sin of the world on the cross. Set the boundaries clearly at home, what can be done and what must not be done. Let your children understand the need and rationale for these rules at home and outside the boundaries of the home. Do not hesitate to punish disobedience, but punish disobedience because love demands it. Be sure to turn back to your child in love for him or her to understand that punishing him or her wasn’t a pleasure, but a sure way to lead him or her down the path of life. Let them be continually assured of your love.

5. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name… (Philippians 2:8-9, RSV).

The child needs to feel a continual growth of you confidence in him or her. The best way to achieve this is through a conscious increase in the quantity but most importantly, quality of responsibilities you give him or her.

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Additionally, some of these responsibilities especially those that are to raise the child into excellence must be rewarded and celebrated when accomplished well. If at first, he or she does not succeed, let them try again where possible. Failure in any of these tasks should not be treated as an end but a source of learning that should make the end better. Teach your children to learn from their mistakes and give them encouragement when the going gets tough. When Christ felt like “giving up” on the assignment His Father had given him (Gethsemane), the Father strengthened him, and when Jesus had accomplished the task, he rewarded him with a name that is above all names.

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There are more of these in the word of God and as you spend more time studying your bible I pray that God will open your eyes to more truths of fatherhood and manhood as a whole. God bless you.