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Victory Over Strongholds

Besides your sin in general, there is only one thing that God opposes… your pride!

Victory Over Strongholds
The Stronghold of Pride – Part I

Scripture Reading: James 4:1-12

Key Verse: James 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

As we examine the stronghold of pride, keep your heart and mind open for God to speak to you.

Pride is a tough stronghold because a prideful heart is seldom aware of the problem.

Also, pride is tough because it comes in so many different forms. One can be humble in some areas and prideful in others… it is not all or nothing. Besides sin in general, there is only one thing that the Bible mentions that God opposes… pride!

The good news for us who care about living in a right relationship with God is that the Holy Spirit patiently reveals the layers of pride in God’s people.

I know a man who had walked with the Lord for most of his life. Yet in the latter part of his life, God revealed another layer of pride for him to deal with. This pride the man hid from the people around him. He had a reputation for being very humble. But the Holy Spirit knew better and began the process of peeling away that layer of pride still in him.

Find in today’s Key verse the great motivation for carefully evaluating our hearts: “God… shows favor to the humble”.

A believer understands how important God’s favor is in their life. They want God’s favor enough to work on anything that would diminish it in their lives.

If you have been walking with the Lord for several years, it is easy to take for granted the favor that God shows us. It is good to remember how special God’s favor is to all of us, and how it helps us to stay humble.

When a believer forgets that they did nothing to gain God’s favor, they might start thinking that God is lucky to have them in His family. That kind of foolish thinking results in pride, which in turn results in God opposing them.

The Bible gives us more reasons to be humble, like Proverbs 16:18:

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

This is not so much a command of God but more a principle of life.

Whether it is in sports, at work, or in church, a person who thinks they have all the talent or have all the answers will soon know the reality that they are wrong. Usually, the reality that humbles them happens in front of the people to whom they did so much bragging.

I remember a time, years ago, when I and a friend were riding together to play in a golf league. We both did a little bragging about how we were so glad that even on a bad day of golf we did not get out of the forties for nine holes. Well, that night we both shot in the fifties.

Pride goes before a fall (Proverbs 16:18). This is a good reminder for all of us to stay humble.

Father, thank You for Your favor in my life. Help me to remember to never let pride creep into my life. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.