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Don’t Let Pride Deceive Your Heart

Don’t let pride deceive your heart.

“The pride of your heart has deceived you,” says Obadiah (1:3).

What happens when good things or blessings in your life become sources of pride?

How can pride deceive you?

Psychopathology often comes from a proud heart.

Paul, a long time patient, filed for financial bankruptcy in the middle of the pandemic.

His business crashed. And he suffered severe depression and a host of other mental health as well as medical symptoms.

Prior to that, Paul’s business had been steadily prospering. Lots of cash flow allowed him to spend on multiple cars, houses, condos, and travels for himself.

But it all got into his head. The success lulled him into false confidence in his power. He was full of good things yet also full of pride.

He progressively became so rude and arrogant to his employees. A workers’ union street demonstration later proved to be his downfall.

don’t let pride deceive your heart

Scriptures ring true when it says,

“Pride goes before destruction.” (Proverbs 16:18)

Edom was a powerful nation, south of Israel. A wealthy kingdom in ancient times. It’s at the center of strategic trade routes and rich in copper.

Its citizens believed their kingdom was invincible. They oppressed people. Their proud hearts deceived them into believing that they could do it all on their own.

Until … this proud nation of Edom and its people was brought down, exactly as prophesied in Ezekiel 35. It totally vanished from existence and the history of man.

Be humble. Turn from your pride.

Whatever your circumstances, remember that you’re a mortal human being. You are here only to appear for a little while and then vanish away.

Don’t let pride deceive your heart.

“It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.”
Saint Augustine

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