I BELIEVE PRIDE IS THE BIGGEST STUMBLING BLOCK OF THE HEART, AND IT IS WHAT LEADS TO THE OTHER TWO OBSTACLES—ENVY AND COMPETITION.
There’s something Vicki said in the last post about Stumbling Blocks of the Heart that brought back some memories.
Back in the early days of working in ministry with Point Man, I had a significant discipleship experience with a couple named Darwin and Donna. They walked me through the healing I needed from the abortion I was persuaded by my father to undergo back in 1974…they taught me what it meant to be a Christian wife and respect my husband. They were the epitome of a strong, Christian couple and I looked up to them. I think at the time I thought they walked on water!
Some months later, imagine the shock when I heard Donna say to me, “We’re filing for divorce…things just aren’t working out and I can no longer deny that I’m I love with someone else.”
HOW COULD YOU?
I was in complete shock, so did not speak the words going through my head…How COULD you? How dare you! That’s just plain WRONG.
Looking back, I can just imagine God watching this unfold, thinking….”Hmmmmm…I’ll show you how!”
A full week didn’t go by before I was lured into a situation where I began to experience romantic feelings for one of my fellow ministry volunteers. I began to feel dissatisfied with my husband and our relationship, which then made this other person look all the better.
Even though I did not have an affair, I might as well have. Doesn’t scripture say if you’ve done it in your mind, you’ve committed the sin?
Simply put, God used me as a sermon prop…letting me see just how easily a Bible-believing Christian can be deceived by the enemy and believe a lie.
IT ALL STARTED WITH PRIDE
But it all started with pride, self-righteousness, and arrogance. The moment my heart was haughty enough to think “How could you? How dare you?” I was poised for a fall. And that’s when the enemy knows to work through others to pull the rug right out from under you.
Pride is deadly and we cannot afford to allow it any room in our heart.
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2
For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 1 John 2:16
As we begin to move through this last segment, I would like to pray for you:
Lord, I lift up each person reading this series. You’ve shown us so much and there’s still more you want to help us walk through. I pray that You would reveal any pockets of pride and self-righteousness that might be creating a hardness of heart, a stumbling block to You accomplishing what You want and need to do in our hearts. Lord, I ask that each one of us would be tender hearted, teachable, and humble as we ask You to meet us and heal our hearts. In Jesus’ Name. AMEN.