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GOD HATES PRIDE

(a barrier to healing)

 

 

DON’T LET PRIDE GET IN THE WAY. WE ARE ALL BORN WITH A CERTAIN MEASURE OF PRIDE AND THE WORLD TEACHES US TO USE OUR OWN POWER AND OUR OWN UNDERSTANDING. THEY TEACH THAT WE CAN DO ANYTHING IF WE PUT OUR MIND TO IT. BUT THAT IS THE SPIRIT OF SATAN AND GOD HATES PRIDE. WE MUST OPEN OUR HEARTS, FORGET WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED IN THE WORLD (A FALLEN WORLD FOR THAT MATTER) AND OPEN OUR EYES AND EARS TO JESUS, WHO WILL TEACH US THE TRUTH ABOUT THE WORLD WE LIVE IN.  PRIDE MUST BE DEALT WITH BEFORE WE CAN EVEN ADDRESS GROWING OUR FAITH IN GOD, BECAUSE PRIDE WILL CAUSE US NOT TO PURSUE FAITH AND TO THINK, AS THE WORLD DOES, THAT WE CAN DO ALL THINGS ON OUR OWN STRENGTH WITHOUT THE HELP OF THE LORD.

James 4:10 says, Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up". Yes, the Lord will lift you up and that includes any sickness or health issue. Therefore...

Proverbs 3:5-8 [Extremely Important]

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil. 8 It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.

 

Note: This is the first barrier to healing. If you don't operate in the above verse you will go nowhere. If you don't get past "pride" you don't have a chance. We must learn to trust in the LORD for our healing. We may count on the medical industry to patch us up, but the LORD is our healer and if we get to the level of faith that Jesus speaks of (more on that later) in the LORD as the ONE who heals, then we can walk in divine, complete and perfect health. There are actually many, many verses in the Bible to validate this. Therefore, as the Proverb says, "do not lean on your own understanding" but learn from God. He speaks to us by His Word, the Bible. Each word divinely inspired. It is the authority in our life.

 

You might say that you have searched for the Lord but He doesn't answer. Yes He has. His Word is spoken to you by and in the Bible. That's His words to you, but you have to "in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight". And, that will make for healing and complete heath. It's not a free gift, but received by the above. This will require that we "not be wise in our own eyes". Our own thoughts are not reliable. We cannot know all things as the LORD does. We should instead "fear the LORD and turn away from evil (more on that later). Only then will we receive true healing to our body and refreshment to our bones. How do we do this you might ask? Let's learn an important lesson from the people that walked the world in Jesus day. In the days of old, people were humble and reverent towards God, even bowing or kneeling in His presence. They didn't have everything that wanted. Being humble actually showed that they revered and looked upon the Lord Jesus as the son of God and Lord of their life.

 

Here are a few examples (and there are many more especially in the book of Matthew):

In Matthew 4:24-25 the Bible says "The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them. Large crowds followed Him from Galilee and the Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and from beyond the Jordan." Here large crowds followed Him because they believed in Him and the crowds came from afar. Today, we just want Jesus to heal us, but we must follow Him and pursue Him. Are you pursuing Him, or perhaps just fitting Him into your day. Today we have many things in the world to pursue, but we surely ought to pursue Him first. 

In Matthew 8:1-2 the Bible says...

When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him. And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” The key is that the leper "bowed down before Him". Who does that today. Hardly anyone. But that shows true reverence and belief. Enough to get healed!

In Matthew 8:5-8 the Bible says...

"...a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.”  Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion said, Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed." Again, a show of great faith and of being humble since the centurion was a man of much authority. He did not let the pride of his authority affect his belief in Jesus.

In Matthew 9:18 it says...

"While He was saying these things to them, a synagogue official came and bowed down before Him, and said, “My daughter has just died; but come and lay Your hand on her, and she will live.” Again, a man of authority "bowed down" before Jesus and exercised faith with his words.

In Matthew 9:20-21 it says...

And a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years, came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak; 21 for she was saying to herself, “If I only touch His garment, I will get well.”  The woman was humble and full of faith.

That's the way to be, contrary to pride in self that is taught in the world. According to Gods Word, Satan is the "power of the air", which means he influences all the world, so in a sense if you are learning from the world then you are learning from Satan. That's one reason why Jesus says, "Apart from me you can do nothing".

 

Sure, people of the world accomplish much and have much knowledge today but they don't have the wisdom of God's Word and they do it in their own power and at the mercy of Satan, who "comes to steal, kill and destroy. When that power fails, people fall. Instead, we ought to place Jesus first and "all things will be added". This is the precept throughout the Bible. 

If you choose to ignore the above then God says:

Psalm 31:23

Love the LORD, all you faithful ones! For the LORD protects those who are loyal to him, but he harshly punishes all who are arrogant.

 

Other verses on pride that we need to know…

Proverbs 16:5

Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; assuredly, he will not be unpunished.

 

Proverbs 29:23

A man's pride will bring him low, but a humble spirit will obtain honor.

 

Proverbs 16:18

Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.

 

Galatians 6:3

For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

 

Proverbs 26:12

Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

 

Jeremiah 9:23

Thus says the LORD, "Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;

 

James 4:6

But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, "GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE."

 

Philippians 2:3

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;

 

1 John 2:16

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.

 

2 Timothy 3:1-2

1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,

 

Isaiah 66:2

My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine. I, the LORD, have spoken! “I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word.

NOTE: The Book of Job helps us to be humble. Here’s God’s answer to Job about being humble...

God Speaks to Job...

 

1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, 2 "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? 3 "Now gird up your loins like a man, and I will ask you, and you instruct Me! 4 "Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, 5 who set its measurements? Since you know. Or who stretched the line on it? 6 "On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone, 7 when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? 8 "Or who enclosed the sea with doors When, bursting forth, it went out from the womb; 9 When I made a cloud its garment And thick darkness its swaddling band, 10 And I placed boundaries on it And set a bolt and doors, 11 And I said, 'Thus far you shall come, but no farther; And here shall your proud waves stop '?

 

God's Mighty Power

 

12 "Have you ever in your life commanded the morning, and caused the dawn to know its place, 13 that it might take hold of the ends of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it? 14 "It is changed like clay under the seal; and they stand forth like a garment. 15 "From the wicked their light is withheld, and the uplifted arm is broken. 16 "Have you entered into the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep? 17 "Have the gates of death been revealed to you, or have you seen the gates of deep darkness? 18 "Have you understood the expanse of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this. 19 "Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And darkness, where is its place, 20 that you may take it to its territory and that you may discern the paths to its home? 21 "You know, for you were born then, and the number of your days is great! 22 "Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail, 23 which I have reserved for the time of distress, for the day of war and battle? 24 "Where is the way that the light is divided, or the east wind scattered on the earth? 25 "Who has cleft a channel for the flood, Or a way for the thunderbolt , 26 To bring rain on a land without people, On a desert without a man in it, 27 To satisfy the waste and desolate land And to make the seeds of grass to sprout? 28 "Has the rain a father? Or who has begotten the drops of dew? 29 "From whose womb has come the ice? And the frost of heaven, who has given it birth? 30 "Water becomes hard like stone, and the surface of the deep is imprisoned. 31 "Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, or loose the cords of Orion? 32 "Can you lead forth a constellation in its season, and guide the Bear with her satellites? 33 "Do you know the ordinances of the heavens, or fix their rule over the earth? 34 "Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, So that an abundance of water will cover you? 35 "Can you send forth lightning’s that they may go and say to you, 'Here we are'? 36 "Who has put wisdom in the innermost being or given understanding to the mind? 37 "Who can count the clouds by wisdom, or tip the water jars of the heavens, 38 when the dust hardens into a mass and the clods stick together? 39 "Can you hunt the prey for the lion, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions, 40 when they crouch in their dens and lie in wait in their lair? 41 "Who prepares for the raven its nourishment when its young cry to God and wander about without food?

 

Here are some verses on being humble…

 

Matthew 18:4

Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

 

Matthew 23:12

Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.

 

Proverbs 3:34 NLT

The LORD mocks the mockers but is gracious to the humble.

 

Proverbs 15:33

The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom, and before honor comes humility.

 

1 Peter 5:6-7

6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, 7 casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

 

Matthew 7:1-5

1 “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2 For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

Don’t be stubborn or rebellious as God does not look upon this lightly…

 

1 Samuel 15:22-23

22 But Samuel replied,

“What is more pleasing to the LORD:

your burnt offerings and sacrifices

or your obedience to his voice?

Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice,

and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.

23 Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft,

and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols.

So because you have rejected the command of the LORD,

he has rejected you as king.”

 

2 Corinthians 12:7-10

7 So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. 8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

 

COMMENT: Do not make the mistake as some do that Paul's thorn in the flesh was some kind of sickness. First of all, it was given to him “to keep me from becoming proud”, not to give him a punishment of sickness or to use sickness to get closer to God or even to glorify God in your sickness. No, this book of health and healing scriptures is filled with God’s healing and we must harmonize the entire Bible, not take one verse or circumstance out of context. Besides Paul was going around in Acts healing many.

 

A CAUTIONARY WORD OF WARNING…I ALMOST HATE TO PUT THIS VERSE IN HERE BUT WE MUST HARMONIZE THE WHOLE BIBLE:

 

Malachi 4:1 KJV

For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

A major benefit to humbling yourself is seen in...

Psalm 37:11 (The Way)

But all who humble themselves before the Lord shall be given every blessing, and shall have wonderful peace.

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