1. Hello, listening friends.
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6. I’m wondering how many of us have a problem with pride.
7. The older I get, the more I’m convinced that pride is at the root of all sins.
8. Every one of them.
9. If you are joining us for the first time,
10. We are in the middle of a series called “Empowered by Praise.”
11. Last time we learned that praise is like a garment.
12. We must choose to put on the garment of praise daily.
13. God deserves to be adored, glorified, magnified, and praised.
14. Not for a few moments, but for our lifetime.
15. So what does praise have to do with pride?
16. Listen carefully, I am about to tell you.
17. Remember, pride is at the root of every sin.
18. Pride is at the root of anger and envy.
19. Pride is at the root of a critical spirit.
20. Pride is the root of fear and lying.
21. Pride is at the root of loneliness and self-pity.
22. Pride is the foundation of self-loathing and a poor self-image.
23. In fact, pride is the one sin that makes us self-conscious all the time.
24. It is the one sin that is behind the question, how do others perceive me?
25. It is the one sin that is preoccupied with this thought.
26. What impression am I making on other people?
27. Pride plagues you and me with the curse of wanting people’s admiration and praise all of the time.
28. Wanting encouragement is one thing, but wanting praise is another,
29. because praise belongs only to the Lord.
30. The truth is this,
31. satin with his deception has managed to succeed in telling us that pride is harmless.
32. He convinced us that pride gets things done.
33. He convinced us that pride is the secret for success.
34. He convinced us that pride is part of being human.
35. While in reality pride is deadly.
36. Why do I say this?
37. Because pride blinds us to any feeling of indebtedness to God and to others.
38. Pride blinds us from having gratitude in our hearts to God and others.
39. And pride will ultimately separate us from God and from others.
40. In fact, pride devastates a person’s emotional health.
41. Ultimately pride can kill the body.
42. And now I want to tell you about the ultimate cure for pride.
43. You see the beginning of that process of cure is when you come to God.
44. If you came to God in confession that you cannot save yourself,
45. and that you are helpless over sin,
46. and that you can never get to heaven without accepting what Jesus did on the cross for you,
47. and then you surrender your life to the lordship of Jesus Christ,
48. that is the beginning of the process of cure and healing for pride.
49. But then it has to happen on a daily basis.
50. Daily, you do the same thing over and over again through praise and adoration.
51. That is the cure for pride.
52. Well, you may say, I made my profession of faith when I was young,
53. and I died to pride when I was saved.
54. Well, yes and no.
55. Listen carefully.
56. The Bible uses a Greek tense in the New Testament.
57. The Greek tense is call the arist tense.
58. And the arist tense means, yes you died to self when you were saved,
59. But then you died to self every single day.
60. Yes, you have been crucified with Christ the day you were saved,
61. but then you crucified that flesh of pride every single day.
62. If I don’t do that on a daily basis,
63. then whatever confession of faith I made in that past, I didn’t really mean.
64. Salvation is the first step.
65. The day you said yes to Jesus was the beginning, not the end of a process.
66. It is the beginning of the sanctification process.
67. While salvation is a free gift of God,
68. sanctification is a cooperative effort between you and the Holy Spirit of God.
69. And therefore, you have to be willing to let the spirit of God work in your life on a daily basis.
70. Don’t miss this because if you do, sooner or later, you will become proud of your salvation.
71. I know people who are proud of their salvation and their denomination.
72. And listen, that is the enemy’s trap.
73. In fact, as I said earlier, pride is what keeps people from genuinely confessing to the Lord.
74. I read the other day about a priest who was sitting in his confessional box.
75. And he was listening to somebody confessing,
76. and after he listened for a while, he said to him,
77. “Son, you are not confessing, you are bragging.”
78. Some people take pride in their heritage even though they had nothing to do with it.
79. They take pride in that which they had nothing to do with it.
80. In fact, the Bible is full of examples of how pride devastates and destroys.
81. From king Nebuchadnezzar, all the way to king Uzziah.
82. Pride destroys and pride devastates.
83. But I want to tell you about an example of pride that all of us can identify with.
84. King David of Israel had just been sworn in as commander and chief of the nation Israel.
85. And his first executive order was to bring the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem,
86. because the arch represented the presence of Yahweh in the midst of his people.
87. If you have a Bible I want you to turn to first Chronicles chapter 15.
88. There you are going to find that when the people brought the arch back, David appointed musicians.
89. He appointed singers, and he planned a praise-the-Lord celebration.
90. And in his exuberance, and in his joy over God’s blessings,
91. king David did the unthinkable.
92. At least he did the unthinkable as far as his wife Michal was concerned.
93. Michal was the daughter of miserable King Saul,
94. the king who preceded David.
95. And she was her father’s daughter.
96. She’s inherited all of her daddy’s arrogance and false dignity.
97. And she was indignant because David did the unthinkable.
98. What was the unthinkable as far as Queen Michal was concerned?
99. Well, David in his excitement took off his royal robe and began to dance before the Lord.
1. That was unthinkable as far as his wife was concerned.
2. In second Samuel chapter seven verse fourteen,
3. we read the following,
4. “David danced before the Lord with all his might.”
5. That means that he praised the Lord and could not care less who thought what of him.
6. He was so overwhelmed with joy that he acted as if there were nobody in the room.
7. He was so overwhelmed with the goodness, and the blessings of God,
8. he the singer could not find words to sing so he danced before the Lord.
9. He stripped himself of his royal robe.
10. He stripped himself of his royal dignity in honor, praise, and adoration of his Lord.
11. Where was Queen Michael during this time of praise and celebration?
12. She was sitting at home, not in the worship service,
13. but she was looking down through her royal window.
14. My listening friend, I want to give you a rule of thumb.
15. Those who do nothing, always criticize those who are doing something.
16. And that’s what Queen Michael was doing here.
17. Queen Michael saw what King David was doing, and she became livered.
18. All she can say to herself is this, “well, you just wait till you get home.”
19. Now ladies can I tell you something in love?
20. Don’t try to be a prophet to your husband and tell him, “thus says the Lord.”
21. Don’t let your husband dread your sermons.
22. Don’t make you husband dread coming home.
23. Don’t wait till he comes home and let him have it.
24. Listen, what I am trying to tell you is from the depth of my heart.
25. I believe that it is within your power to make your husband feel that he can’t wait to come home.
26. You have the power to make your husband look forward to getting home.
28. Be a priest to your husband, not a prophet.
29. Minister to his needs, and give him a word of encouragement.
30. Tell him how much you thank the Lord for him.
31. Tell him that you’ve been praying for him and asking God to bless him.
32. If you do that, I promise you, you’ll have heaven on earth.
33. Well, Queen Michael did just the opposite.
34. And next time, we will see why, as we continue this series to help you become Empowered by Praise.