Killin’ It

by APC on April 01, 2015
Apostolic Pentecostal Church
Killin’ It


Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18, KJV).

Defining Pride

Scripture tells us that pride is a precursor to the bad things that happen in our life. Many do not fully understand the concept of pride. Pride at its root form is self-focus. John tells us, “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world,” (I John 2:16, KJV). These are the base elements of pride and exist in every human today. When these elements are violated, the worst comes out in us.

Pride has roots in Satan himself. Satan wanted to exalt his throne above God’s and also be like Him (Isaiah 14:13–14). This is why pride is about self-focus. It always revolves around the question: Who is going to rule? Pride is ultimately what separates us from God as well as others.

In a basic sense, pride is our flesh (our spirit)—the part of us that God is trying to save us from. The flesh is what God’s Spirit, in operation in our lives, is trying to control. Christianity today is slipping into a concept called “humanism,” where believers follow the dogma that purpose man’s existence is for his own happiness. However, when we come to Christ, we lay aside our own desires, and adopt Christ’s.

Scripture tells us that we are not our own, but are bought with a price (I Corinthians 6:20). Happiness is a by-product of serving God—His glory is manifested in everything around us. When we are where God wants us to be, we will experience happiness.

What We Need to Know About Ourselves

There’s Not Much Good Inside Us Except Jesus

“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh), dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not” (Romans 7:18, KJV). Paul realized if left to his own thinking, there wasn’t anything good in Him and he had no benefit to the Kingdom of God. He had a great desire to do what was right, but was struggling with the continuous application. Humans will always struggle between knowing what our brain/heart says and what the flesh actually does.

Jesus May Be Alive, But We Have to Fight to Keep Us Dead

On Sundays, Jesus helps to crucify our flesh. But, we have a tendency to “resurrect” our flesh every Monday after church. This is why it is so important that we walk in God’s Spirit so we don’t give in to what the flesh wants (Galatians 5:16). Our flesh and the Spirit will always walk in opposition to each other; therefore, we need to be on guard and kill off our flesh daily (I Corinthians 15:31)!

There is Nothing About Our Pride that God Can Use

“So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God” (Romans 8:8, KJV). If we are left to ourselves, we alone cannot be pleasing to God, nor can we do a work in His Kingdom. We must keep His commandments and believe that His Word is true. It must have a presence and application in our life!

What We Need to Know About Pride

Pride Does Not Make Us Stronger

Pride will always make us weak and tear us down. It takes away our capacity to apologize, admit, and acknowledge. Pride cannot say what needs to be said, give what needs to be given, or do what needs to be done. Pride is self-focused! When we are too full of us, there is no room for God to come in and complete a true work. When we concentrate our ourselves, we de-prioritize everything around us—and this includes God! In essence, we tell God that His ways, His thoughts, His priorities, are less important than our own agenda.

Pride is a Prison

Pride will always shut us away from everyone else and it keeps others out. We cannot possibly be an effective witness if we have pride in our life. We cannot have a true relationship with God if we have pride in our life. He cannot get close if we are shut up in pride. Pride will control us and whittle us away until it eventually destroys us. We need to make the decision today that we will not be controlled by pride!

Killing Our Pride

There is only one way to kill our pride. We need to give to God what Satan himself threw away. We need to give God surrender. Surrender is the only true death to pride because pride is a “who’s going to rule” issue. Pride will not die by being modest, meek, etc. These are only by-products of surrender.

Subjecting to Surrender

King Nebuchadnezzar was a Babylonian king who learned over the course of his reign that God was a might God who revealed secrets (Daniel 2:22), and even commanded his people not to speak against God because He was a mighty deliverer (Daniel 3:29). However, the king had a pride issue.

Daniel warned the king that he would be humbled, so he would truly realize that God was the most high God who ruled the kingdom of men (Daniel 5:21). King Nebuchadnezzar did not heed the warning and continued in his pride. Therefore, God took His mind from him, and he was driven out to pasture like a wild animal. God humbled him because of his self-focus.

Glorifying God

Surrender is so important because it is all about subjecting ourselves to the truth that God is in control. We need to understand that everything is about God’ glory. We need to walk worthy of being called into God’s Kingdom, and His glory (I Thessalonians 2:12). God’s glory won’t always make us look good, and it may take us to a place of pain, suffering, and/or hurt. But, sometimes we need to give God glory through our trials and infirmities (II Corinthians 12:9).

Pride is sin—all who have sinned fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), and the wage of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Scripture tells us that “…no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord” (I Corinthians 1:29–31, KJV). Life is all about God’s glory and He deserves the reward. When we have pride we take that glory and reward out of God’s hands. Let’s get rid of our pride today, and give glory to the One who deserves it!

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on April 8, 2015