Pride is War With God
Unity with God is a powerful thing. The Word of God says in Romans 8:31 that “If God is for us, who can be against us?” We can be the minority but when God is on our side, we will always be the majority and be sure that nothing can overwhelm us!
In John 15, we are taught that fruitful and abundant living is a result of staying connected and united with the Vine which is Christ!
Because a man constantly united with Christ is so powerful, the enemy is always seeking opportunities to divide us from the Lord! He who is not afraid to assault our Lord Jesus Christ Himself never slumbers nor sleeps when it comes to ruining the believers of Christ. That is why the Bible commands us in James 4:7 to “resist the devil”. In order for us to fend off the fiery arrows of the enemy, we need to be aware of them to begin with. One of the enemy’s age-old scheme to divide believers from the Lord is the very one that caused his own ruin: Pride and arrogance.
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.
Clearly, the carnal mind is at war with God because it is prideful and does not yield itself to the Word of God. In war there is no unity. It divides and leaves the parties in desolation. Fighting against God is futile because we can never win nor overcome God. In my walk as a Christian, there have been many moments where I found myself tempted to take situations into my hands. We may not realize this but when we choose to do things our way apart from the counsel of God, we are essentially saying, “God, I know better than You do and I am going ahead my way.” Thinking that we know better than the God who created not just our feeble frame but also this universe is clear arrogance and pride. We are divided from Christ when we refuse to subject ourselves to His Lordship. We are not united with Christ when we are not aligned to His will.
When that happens, we are like a branch broken off from the vine and we can do nothing. There has never been an instance where my decision to act independently from God has resulted in anything less than despair. Pride is nothing less than a spiritual cancer. It has led to the downfall of heaven’s chief angel and it can ruin us if we are not careful.
So how can we keep watch for this roaring lion that prowls about seeking to devour us (1 Peter 5:8)? Let’s learn from the man after God’s very own heart, King David. To be called a man after God’s own heart clearly underscores David’s intimate union with God. So how does David maintain such a seamless unity with the Lord despite the constant assailing by the Adversary? I believe the key to David’s union with God can be gleaned from Psalms 139:23-24,
23 Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
David acknowledges the reality of his Adversary and his tendency to lift himself up against God in pride. David’s greatest weapon against the work of the Enemy to divide his heart is an attitude that constantly seeks to weed out every possible speck of unrighteousness in his life. David is constantly inviting God to search him because he knows the severity of that one hint of pride. Let us embrace this attitude of humility and always lay our lives for our Lord’s scrutiny and correction, leaving no room for pride to fester in our lives.
Let us pray.
“Dear Lord, I truly desire to be united and joined with You daily. Being connected with You is the essence of being a Christian and I know that the Enemy seeks to undermine this very relationship that I desire with You. Help me to be vigilant and humble like King David. Help me to constantly open up my life for Your instruction. Give me a heart of humility to be directed and disciplined when needed so that I will always be walking in unity with You in the way everlasting. In Jesus name, Amen.”