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The Gospel By Paul Washer

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Spiritual Pride

HT Grace Gems

A tumor and swelling in the mind(Thomas Brooks,
"The Unsearchable Riches of Christ")

The Lord Almighty has done it to destroy your pride and show His contempt for all human greatness." Isaiah 23:9Pride is the original and root of most of those notorious vices which are to be found among men. Of all sins, pride is most dangerous to the souls of men. Pride is . . . a gilded misery, a secret poison, a hidden plague. Pride is . . . the conceiver of deceit, the mother of hypocrisy, the parent of envy, the moth of holiness, the blinder of hearts, the turner of medicines into maladies.Of all sins, spiritual pride is most dangerous, and must be most resisted. Spiritual pride is the lifting up of the mind against God; it is a tumor and swelling in the mind, and lies in despising and slighting of God--and in the lifting up of a man's self, by reason of birth, breeding, wealth, honor, place, relations, abilities or graces--and in the despising of others.Spiritual pride is a white devil, a gilded poison--by which God is robbed of his honor, and a man's own soul of his comfort and peace.Pride is a sure forerunner of a fall. "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty mind before a fall." Herod fell from a throne of gold--to a bed of dust. Nebuchadnezzar fell from a mighty king--to be a beast. Adam fell from innocence--to mortality. The angels fell from heaven--to hell; from felicity--to misery."The day is coming when your pride will be brought low and the Lord alone will be exalted. In that day the Lord Almighty will punish the proud, bringing them down to the dust!" Isaiah 2:11-12 "The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished!" Proverbs 16:5
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