When I think of Pride or Prideful Heart my mind automatically goes to the LGBT. I think this is because the LGBT has Pride Month, picnics, parties, workshops, and more.
You think of Pride you almost instantly think of the LGBT and their rainbow flags.
It is kind of hard not to allow your thoughts to go there. Especially when you hear about these things everywhere. Even if you don’t watch the news. The media is everywhere in our world today.
This post however is NOT about the LGBT. Instead it is about the 5 ways a prideful heart nearly destroyed my life.
During this time when a prideful heart almost destroyed me I didn’t even realize I was being prideful. I think this why it is so important that I share the 5 ways pride effected my life. And how they could be having an effect on your life as well.
Here are the 5 Prides that nearly destroyed me:
These 5 prideful acts played a huge role in my life for many years. They could be playing a small role or even a huge role in your life as you read this.
Fear – an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger.
Ingratitude – forgetfulness of or poor return for kindness received
People-Pleasing – someone that pleases or wants to please people
Prayerlessness – using no prayer or not praying
Rebellion – opposition to one in authority or dominance
Can Pride Effect You
If you are a fearful person then that means you are not trusting God. Matthew 14:31 is a good example of how Fear can control us and cause us to be Prideful by not putting all of our trust into the Lord Jesus Christ.
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
Gratitude literally changed my life! However, when I was full of ingratitude it nearly destroyed me, more on that a bit later. For now I want you to see how important Gratitude is and why Ingratitude can effect you in a very negative way.
14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing,15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky. – Philippians 2:14-15
For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts. – 1 Thessalonians 2:4
How Having A Prideful Heart Effected My Life
Fear effected me in so many ways. Honestly, I don’t even know where to start or what to share with you. I often feel like I need to sit down and write my life story out.
I lost out on some great job opportunities because I was fearful. My heart was so full of Pride because I have a Bachelors Degree that I would refuse to take just any job.
Mostly because I was scared I would be stuck there for forever. I wasn’t trusting God to guide me. Instead I was taking my own paths.
As I mentioned above Ingratitude alone nearly destroyed me. Actually it did for sometime.
I was so ungrateful for the things I had that I just kept getting more of the things I didn’t want! I was so ungrateful I literally lost everything down to my cell phone in December 2014. Boy, did I learn my lesson!
In 2015 I drove a teal green / blueish 2002 Pontiac Sunfire. This was after my new car was repossessed in 2014. The feeling of embarrassment overcame me like a blanket smothering a baby.
Last month I was picking my son up from school and his teacher walked him out to my car. My first thought was “Oh thank goodness I drive a nice car now.”
Of course, I caught my thought and asked Jesus for forgiveness. Why? Because I was in state of people-pleasing. I was more worried about whether I lived up to my child’s teachers expectations than I was Gods.
I now talk to God all through out the day. However, that was not always the case. I used to only pray when I needed God most. When I needed Him to fix something for me and fast.
Being prayerlessness ….
is the worse thing you can ever do. If you have a prideful heart that is too good to pray then you have your priorities backwards.
God wants us to rely on Him through the good and the bad. He is our stronghold, our strength, and our guide.
Rebellion can mean many things. In my case it came in all shapes and forms through out my life. As a young child I rebelled against my parents. Later, I rebelled against the Law. And of course God.
I always hated being told what to do whether it was from my parents, a boss, or someone else. I even hated abiding by scripture at one point and time in my life.
All I wanted to do was live my life the way I wanted to without being told what to do. How to parent. How to live. Or where to work.
All my life I felt like I always had to answer to everyone. Like I had to account for all my actions and decisions. Why I didn’t want to go out to eat or why I didn’t feel like playing a game.
Instead of just saying no or I don’t want to I would make up excuses. I used to also do this with my Faith. If someone didn’t believe what I believed then I would be extra careful not to mention Jesus or the Bible around them.
It was always something. I always did what I could to please everyone while being ungrateful refusing to turn to God through prayer fearing the outcome by rebelling against God and the Bible.
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