First pride, then the crash—the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.
–Proverbs 16:18 MSG
The sin of pride turned Lucifer from a beautiful angel to the devourer. This sin led to his exile from Heaven, where he was sent to earth to spend the rest of his days.
The sin of pride led Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, where she and Adam were exiled from the Garden.
A proud heart focuses on self – it’s all about me; I. Pride presents itself in numerous ways—being quarrelsome, feeling that life is unfair or unjust, making excuses, being unteachable, feeling superior to others, and in having a lack of forgiveness. Pride convinces you that you are more important than others. Pride shifts your reliance on yourself rather than God.
How do you fix a proud heart? By giving your life over to Jesus Christ. 2 Chronicles 7:14 explains it perfectly—go to God in prayer, seek to know Him and turn from your prideful ways, and He will heal you.
- Pray that God reveals to you areas of pride.
- Ask that God send you ways to serve others in order to put the focus on them instead of yourself.