Pride is like a garment we wear. It’s a mindset that we must root out. Is pride operating in your life? Let’s talk about the signs of pride in your life and start digging out the roots with Jesus.
Pride is a killer.
Pride says, “I will be God. I can do it alone. I’m better than others. I can get myself out of this mess without God’s help.”
Oh, no, you can’t!
We absolutely need God, and we desperately need each other. Paul wrote, “We are the true believers, who put no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3). Humility is confidence properly placed in God. The Bible teaches that spiritual conflict always follows the expression of pride. “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.”
Submit, therefore, to God. Resist the devil, and He will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you. (James 4:6-10) Pride can cancel your destiny. On the other hand, walking in humility will allow you to step into your God-given destiny.
The Garment of Pride
Most people only ascribe to one definition of pride, as described above. But, pride can manifest in many different ways and has many heads. Here’s a list of behaviors, ideals, signs, and symptoms that are rooted in pride.
Symptoms and Signs of Pride in Your Life
- Assuming you already know what’s being taught
- Won’t ask for help
- Hiding how you feel
- Hold back so others won’t think less of you
- Too good to perform certain tasks
- Feel the need to teach someone something constantly
- The topic of most conversations is “you” or what’s going on in your life
- Disregarding advice
- Consistently critical
- Needs constant praise, attention, and admiration
- Grandiose thinking or behavior, self-glorifying
- Build a fantasy world of power, brilliance, or gifting that makes you feel special, in control, and superior
- A belief that you are special and unique and can only be understood by other special or high-status people or institutions
- Envious of others and belief that others envy you
- Says things like, “That’s just how I am” when confronted with a flaw demonstrating an unteachable spirit.
- Hyper spirituality
- Can’t receive constructive criticism.
- Overly obsessed with physical appearance.
- Defensive when someone points out a weak area or flaw.
- Ignoring someone’s attempt to communicate with you.
- Name dropping.
- Unwilling to learn (aka unteachable), Superior & A know-it-all, always right
- Frequently fire off opinions and judgments.
- Fearful about the future (believe the lie that you are in control)
- Overly concerned with what others think.
- Defensive and easily offended.
- Needs to be important.
- Fells threatened by the success of others.
- Spends more time talking than listening.
- Interrupts people when they’re talking or controls the conversation
- Feels entitled.
- Craves the spotlight.
- Sarcastic, hurtful jesting (Excuses it away with phrases like “That’s just how I am”)
- Overly Independent and Relying on self. (If it says “self in the word” it could be rooted in pride)
- Everything is personal
- Won’t or don’t admit wrong (can’t or doesn’t say “I’m sorry.”)
- Hides sin.
- Controlling others. (It’s my way or the highway.)
- Rebellious to authority.
- Dominates others.
- Curses others with words.
- Gossip and slander.
- Harshness. You don’t care about the emotional well-being of others and are unnecessarily hard.
- Do not honor Godly covenants.
- Arrogance, Haughtiness, Puffed-Up
- Always Right or always has to BE right
- Resistants to God’s will
- Condescending or Critical attitude toward others
- Can’t receive correction or instruction
- Poor Communication
- Twisting of Words
- Prayerlessness (Job 41:3)
- Harsh Words (Job 41:3)
- Covenant Breaking (Job 41:4)
- Inability to Serve Others (Job 41:4)
- Lacking the Holy Spirit aka Breath (Job 41:16)
- Stubbornness/Stiff-Necked (Job 41:24)
- Hard Hearted (Job 41:24)
- Taking a lot of selfies (especially never posting one without a filter)
- Self-promoting (lifts yourself up and promote your own agenda)
- Keeps secrets, lacks transparency
The Garment of Humility
Putting on a garment of humility is key to defeating the Leviathan spirit.
“Humility isn’t thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking of yourself less.”
Prayer for Freedom from Pride
Say the following prayer out loud to express your commitment to live humbly before God:
Dear Heavenly Father, You have said that pride leads to destruction and an arrogant spirit to stumbling (Proverbs 16:18).
I agree with You that I have not denied myself, picked up my cross daily, and followed You (Matthew 16:24). In doing so, I have given the enemy access into my life. I have believed that I could be successful and live victoriously by my own strength and resources.
I now confess that I have sinned against You by placing my will before Yours and by centering my life around “myself” instead of You. I now renounce the “selfish life” and by doing so, cancel all ground that has been gained in my life by the enemies of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I pray that You will guide me so that I will do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but that with humility of mind, I will regard others as more important than myself (Philippians 2:3). Enable me through love to serve others and in honor, prefer others (Romans 12:10). I ask this in the Name of Christ Jesus, my Lord. Amen.
Maintenance Prayer & When Signs of Pride Arise
Here’s something I pray regularly or when pride rears its ugly head in my life:
Lord, search me and know my heart. Show me any areas of pride in me or open doors for the Leviathan spirit to hook into me.
(Confess and repent for anything revealed)
Thank you for setting me free from the bondage of pride. I ask you to renew my mind. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Lord, cultivate meekness in me and give me the grace to walk in humility. I declare that I have the mind of Christ and apart from you I can do nothing. I declare that my mind, will, and emotions are submitted to the Lord.
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