Pride has always been a problem for me. While I know it’s an inherent trait in men, I cannot hide the fact that pride can be very dominant within my heart. It’s something I need to battle with every day. A couple of years ago, I learned my lesson the hard way. From then on, I have always reminded myself that everything I have is only through God and there is nothing to be proud of. My achievements, my success, the person I am today is all because of God and if the Lord can give, the Lord can also take away.
Do you want to know what helps me battle my prideful nature? Do you want to know how to remove pride? Prayer. It’s when I bow down in prayer to the Lord Almighty when I feel the most grounded. Whenever I feel my pride start to come out – I pray. Praying and declaring the Lord is Lord helps me set aside all sense of entitlement. It helps me realize that my life is in the hands of someone greater than I and that I am not the lord of my life. This is what prideful men do, they want to take control of their lives and be separated from God. They think they don’t need God and they can live life on their own terms. And when they hit rock bottom, where do they turn to? A lot of things can happen in life. There is no way that we control everything. It’s a reality that I have come to accept through the years. But if we put our faith in God, we understand that we don’t control everything – He does. And in that moment that we put our guards down and humble ourselves before this mighty everlasting God, life truly begins. We can then start to live life with much more freedom. There’s more freedom because there’s less stress. You stop trying to control of your life when someone greater, who loves you, is in control.
Yes, there are our times when our pride will kick in so it’s important that we align ourselves again with God in prayer. When I really need to battle my pride, I bow my knees in prayer. Bowing my knees helps me realize who I am praying to. It helps put myself in the proper perspective, that I am a man and He is God, that I am nothing without Him. I write this entry to share that, somehow I have found my peace in humbling myself. It hurts sometimes but that’s just how it goes. Less of you and more of Him in your life. May we constantly live a life of humility because Jesus exemplified it best for us.
2 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
How about you? How to you battle Pride?