THE “ME” SPIRIT
“. . . for whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Pride is dangerous, because it is a lying spirit. The result of believing in self rather than believing in God, and it’s tragic for someone who is blind that they may have this sin. Because what happens is that a person with a prideful spirit misses the opportunity to enter into the wealthy place of God. He does not have God’s signet on anything he does. Take a look:
“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.”
(2 Chronicles 16:9)
We hear much about, talk about this wayward heart condition, but we need to dig deeper into the matter. Because some would have us to think that this prideful disturbing character flaw is nothing but self-confidence, but how can this be if God hates this in us. Does he hate pride? Yes, he does.
“Six things are hated by the Lord; seven things are disgusting to him:
Eyes of pride, a false tongue, hands which take life without cause;
A heart full of evil designs, feet which are quick in running after sin;
A false witness, breathing out untrue words, and one who lets loose violent acts among brothers.“ (Proverbs 6:16-19)
Now we start to get a good picture of what the Lord is saying why pride is not good. Because the prideful spirit is more than likely starting trouble in all his relationships because a prideful person is more than likely doing all this stuff that we see above. I do want to bring attention the fact that the word “murder,” doesn’t always mean killing someone and ending their natural life. We can also kill or murder someone’s reputation through the lies and gossip that someone so willfully promotes for their own gain, and yes pride is usually the vehicle to fuel these attacks of the enemy.
I wanted to get a firsthand view of what I deal with when a person lives in a state of pride. So let’s take a peek and see what this person maybe up to behind the scenes. Let’s look shall we?
15 SIGNS OF PRIDE
(1) Being blind, unable to see pride. Pride envelops itself in smoke unless you’re in the mirror of God’s word and God, by His grace, allows you to see your sin and its magnitude. Many people see the logs in other people’s eyes and maybe the speck in their own. They may even say “I’m proud” and then move right on as if it were insignificant.
(2) Being unthankful. Proud people think they deserve only what is good. The result is, why should they be thankful? As a matter of fact, they may even complain because they think they deserve better. They tend to be critical and complainers. One of our professors at the seminary sized up a student, saying, “This person is a walking minus sign!” They may grumble, be discontent, see the downside of everything, be quarrelsome and divisive. No one is safe around this type of person.
(3) Outbursts of anger, withdrawing, pouting, being moody or impatient because one’s rights or schedules aren’t being met.
(4) Perfectionistic-type persons who want to be the best at everything are also proud. Why? Because it’s self-serving. They brag and talk about themselves all the time. It reminds me of a cartoon of Garfield talking to Odie, the dog. He says, “Odie, I’m tired of talking about me. You talk about me for awhile.” Some have an inflated view of their own importance, abilities, and talents.
(5) Seeking independence. Some proud people find it extremely difficult to work under someone else, to submit. They have to be their own boss. They say, “I don’t need anyone. I don’t need accountability for my faith and doctrine.” Others cut themselves down with comments, but inwardly they crave self-sufficiency.
(6) Monopolizing conversations, being rigid, stubborn, headstrong, and intimidating, saying, “It’s my way or the highway.”
(7) Being consumed with what others might think of them, being man-pleasers or man-fearers.
(8) Being devastated by criticism.
(9) Not listening very well. They compose what they are going to say while you’re speaking.
(10) Being unteachable. They know it all. They’re superior. They can’t learn anything.
(11) Being sarcastic, hurtful, jesting, saying, “That’s just the way I am. That’s my personality. I’m A-type. I’m dominant, choleric, lion, beaver, mule,” whatever else you want to call them!
(12) Wanting to be praised or to be coaxed to serve. Unwillingness to initiate or commit to the right thing simply to please God. I like Jay Adams’ answer to people who leave churches and say, “That was a cold place.” He says, “Go warm it up!” Such people are just consumed with themselves, jealous, envious, not glad for others’ successes, deceitful, covering up faults, rarely seeking help, fake, and hypocritical.
(13) Being defensive: “It can’t be my fault!” Then they attack one another. Revenge, trivializing their sin, rationalizing it, justifying it, judging others by their own self-made standards. Often proud people rarely admit their sin or ask for forgiveness.
(14) Lacking in biblical prayer, in service to other people, and in sacrificial deeds of love. (Thomas Watson said, “We should pray without ceasing because beggars beg.”) Instead, being touchy, irritable, or ultrasensitive.
(15) Resisting authority, being disrespectful. We say he or she has a submission problem. No, they have a pride problem. It’s displaying itself that way. This person is rarely concerned about the welfare of someone else. They view and judge others in terms of how others support them and their concerns, their ministry. They voice their preferences at times, even when not asked. When they do voice them, it’s without compassion or consideration for others. They convey an un-approachableness. Even when someone points out a flaw, there’s always a quick retort, minimizing it and moving on.
(Excerpt from “Pursuing the Servants Mindset” by Stuart Scott)
“Man’s steps are ordered by the Lord. How then can a man understand his way?” (Proverbs 20:24)
Good question. Because the prideful and arrogant spirit most certainly is void of understanding the things of God…we can see from those 15 signs that there is much prayer needed when pride is our house. It is not something that is picked up overnight but is a spirit passed down from house to house, a generational curse, meaning that this is not a physical ailment but a mental one. So the spirit may be rooted in the House of Dailey, the House of Dixon so on and so on. Amen.
What does the Lord say about this? He is saying that he is a good plan and that He has already made a course of action for us, but the prideful spirit has his own agenda that goes along with the idea that says, “I can do what I want and can’t no one stop me!”
Well ok go ahead but you’ll get no help, no anointing or favor are ours when we think more highly of ourselves than we ought to thinks (Romans 12).
“For the eyes of the Lord go this way and that, through all the earth, letting it be seen that he is the strong support of those whose hearts are true to him. In this you have done foolishly, for from now you will have wars.”
(2 Chronicles 16:9)
God has more grace for us today to do what He wills us today. We must repent and trust God with our lives…it will save us from all kinds of problems in our lives…it’s foolish to think that we know what is best for us when we’ve let ourselves down so many times before this.
Trust God and kick that Me spirit out of you house.