Pride may seek exaltation in family ties and deeds of its ancestry. It lust for power and acclaim. It places great emphasis on its good deeds and overlooks the efforts of its fellow men. Pride ignores the plainness and simplicity taught in the scriptures; it reasons and justifies itself until it hears no rebuke or reproof.
Pride was cast out of Heaven and will never again enter through its gates. God hates even a proud look (Proverbs 6:16,17). Its origin was with Satan, and its destiny is hell. “Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit begore a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). God hates and resists pride in every form, but will give grace to the humble (1Peter 5:5).
The conscience constitutes to trouble the sinner even through it be trampled on sinned against, or seared with a hot iron (1 Timothy 4:2). Yet it is there, and in the quietness of some moment it will judge and condemn, producing guilt and fear. This is God’s way of declaring to man that judgment awaits everyone, for “the soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezekiel 18:4).
The sinnful heart through deceitful ignorance, slothfulness, and drowsiness, openly resists the love of God. It consoles itself as it beholds the vast multitudes of similar hearts which are traveling to eternal doom. It believes that some future time would be more convenient to face and deal with the sins it enjoys or to which it is in bondage. In unbelief it turns from the Holy Scriptures which bring condemnation and accepts the vain counsel of other sinners. Satan, without mercy, blinds its eyes to truth. He endeavors to mislead the heart when it reaches for the Word of God. He tempts it, as he did mother Eve, to doubt God by asking the question, “Hath God said?” Yet God continues to speak to this heart. “For God so loves the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Yes, troubled heart, God is calling. “Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37).
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