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NARCISSISM

(SELF-LOVE / PRIDE)

 

Question: "What does the Bible say about pride?"

Answer:

1.     Difference in pride that God hates and pride in a job well done

2.     Proverbs 8:13

3.     Psalm 10:4

4.     Matthew 5:3 poor in spirit

5.     Proverbs 16:18-19 pride goes before destruction

6.     Pride is essentially self-worship

7.     1 Corinthians 4:7

 

Sin Of Pride - The Sin of Sins

1.     Satan fell from heaven because of pride Isaiah 14:12-15, 22

2.     Eve ate forbidden fruit because of pride

3.     Our temptations are pride 1 John 2:15-17

4.     Pride is the commencement of all sin.

 

Sin Of Pride - Preoccupation With Self

1.     Middle letter in Pride is I

2.     Fall of the rich farmer I will

3.     Game at party avoid the use of I

4.     We are preoccupied with ourselves

5.     Song I want to talk about ME

6.     Meet a stranger ask about THEM

 

Sin Of Pride - An Outline

1.     Proverbs 6:16-19

2.     Two examples from history

a.     Nebuchadnezzar Daniel 4

b.     Belshazzar Daniel 5

 

Sin Of Pride - How Pride Works

1.     Neuchadnezzar denied God

2.     Belshazzar was arrogant and foolish

3.     Pride distorts reality

4.     King Sennacherib made the same mistake

 

Sin Of Pride - A Dangerous Enemy

1.     Pride pits you against God

2.     Amos 4:12 prepare to meet thy God (in battle)

 

Sin Of Pride - How It Manifests Itself In Our Lives

1.     Over estimate your ability, value, importance

2.     Over estimate your righteousness

3.     Pharisee and publican prayers

 

Sin Of Pride - Looking Down On Others

1.     When we over estimate ourselves we look down on others

2.     We devalue their ability, skill, knowledge

 

Sin Of Pride - Love One Another

1.     Pride is totally contrary to the spirit of Christ

2.     Love one another

3.     Wash feet, humble self

 

Sin Of Pride - How To Fight It

1.     Recognize the problem

2.     Learn true humility

3.     Pray for others avoid prayer for self

4.     Fight it when it arises

5.     Admit the struggle in your life


Sin Of Pride - In Summary

In closing here are a few passages of Scripture dealing specifically with pride:

"The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts." (Psalms 10:4)

"Though the LORD is on high, yet He regards the lowly; but the proud He knows from afar." (Psalm 138:6)

"The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate." (Proverbs 8:13)

"When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the humble is wisdom." (Proverbs 11:2)

"By pride comes nothing but strife, but with the well-advised is wisdom." (Proverbs 13:10)

"Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall." (Proverbs 16:18)

"Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; though they join forces, none will go unpunished." (Proverbs 16:5)

"A man's pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor." (Proverbs 29:23)

 

 


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