Behind the Curtain, in the unseen realm, pride is the most common door because it revolves around self-preservation. But it’s harder to see. We are trained in this world to trust ourselves and look out for ourselves.

  1. Pride is trusting in our own strength. Mature believers can slip into this trap and end up cooperating with the kingdom of darkness by operating in pride. Then, like Peter, Satan can have access to an area of darkness in our soul. We need God’s help to resist putting ourselves forward. 
  2. Pride is trusting in our own righteousness instead of Jesus righteousness in us. In Job we read that God granted permission to Satan. The open door for Job was that he was righteous for what he DID, not for who he knew. Mature believers can fall prey to this. When we are judgmental of people, quick to retaliate, walking in unforgiveness to others, we’ve lost sight of His righteousness. 
  3. Pride is trusting in your own wisdom. For instance, making decisions without seeking wise counsel, choosing to do something contrary to what the word says, or believing that we know it all. 

The power of humility. Obedience to God leads to humility. Humility prevents strife, competition, and preservation of self.  The sin habit becomes the dwelling place for a spirit that robs us of power and joy. We need to continually seek to be renewed, transformed, and to increase our accountability to operate in humility.

Opening Question or Ice Breaker

Share your life-guiding Bible verse that has been foundational for you in your Christian walk.

Discussion Question 1

Talk about a personal experience when you were not trusting God, but you were trying to handle things in your own strength. Is this a “watch and pray area” in your life?

Scripture

Have someone read 1 John 2:16 NLT and Luke 22:21-24 CSB and Proverbs 16:18 NKJV discuss:

  • 1 John 2:16 – What cravings does the world tempt and distract us with? 
  • Luke 22:21-24 – We see the disciples concerned about position – missing the big picture. What are your major concerns today? Twenty years from now, will these concerns be significant?
  • Proverbs 16:18 – What might pride, and haughtiness look like?

Discussion Question 2

How can we determine if we are being self-righteous or prideful?

Scripture

Have someone read Job 32:1-2 NKJV and Proverbs 3:6-8 NLT and James 4:6-8 NLT and discuss:

  • Job 32:1-2 – What was the door Job opened to the enemy?
  • Proverbs 3:6-8 – How can we seek God’s will in all we do, and how might HE show us the path to take?
  • James 4:6-8 – What is a benefit of removing pride and replacing it with humility?

Make It Practical – Apply the Word:

This week, keep a notebook and record each time you catch yourself trusting in your own strength, trusting in your own righteousness, and trusting in your own wisdom. Each time this happens, confess the sin of pride and say, “I am humbling myself before the Lord. HE leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Ps 23:3

Family Conversation for the Week: (spend time talking with your circle)

  1. Ask the Lord to shed light on how we may be walking in pride and humbly confess to our loved ones. 
  2. Take time to share examples of preferring others, serving others, and/or admitting when we are wrong.