In our previous four Facts we defined pride, spoke of Gods view of pride, and how we manifest pride. We continue:
EXAMPLES OF PRIDE:
Uzziah: All the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in place of his father AmaziahHe did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father Amaziah had doneBut after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense (2 Chron. 26:1-4, 16 Selected).
King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia erected a gold image of himself, demanding that all nations worship it. Sometime later, he was driven away from his people by God to live with the wild animals, eating grass like cattle, until he acknowledged the Most High as sovereign over the kingdoms of men. (Dan. 3:1-6; 4:28-37)
Proud businessmen: Now listen, you who say, Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money. Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that. As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil (Jms. 4:13-16).
TESTING YOUR PRIDE QUOTIENT:
How do you respond when others are chosen or advanced ahead of you? When Jesus entered his public ministry, John the Baptist quietly stepped into the background stating, He must become greater; I must become less (Jn. 3:30).
In next weeks Facts we will continue to test our Pride Quotient.
This week may you experience His grace, peace and protection.
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