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How to Overcome Temptation, Part 172 (Pride) (Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class #296)


How to Overcome Temptation, Part 172 (Pride) (Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class #296)

Welcome to the Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class. I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society and pastor of Gospel Light House of Prayer International. The purpose of this time together is to teach young believers everything they need to know about their faith in Jesus Christ and provide them with the knowledge they need to live victorious Christian lives.

Our key Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13:

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.


Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 172 (Pride)”

In this section of our Onward Christian Soldiers discipleship class, we are looking at specific temptations that are, as the Bible says, “common to man.” We are looking at what the Bible says about these sins so we can be aware of its dangers and so that we can hide Scripture in our hearts to use when we are tempted.

The sin that we are looking at today is the sin of pride. This is the sixth sin in a list of 12 temptations that comes from two sources — one ancient and one modern. The first source is a list that was developed by monks in the early church called “the seven deadly sins” or the “cardinal sins.” The second source is a Barna survey from 2011 which tracked the top temptations Americans admitted to struggling with.

Today, we are looking at Isaiah 2:11-17. (Remember, the text of this lesson is made available online after each class, so you can go to our website, click the “Onward Christian Soldiers” banner on the home page, and begin to learn these verses by heart throughout the week.)

Isaiah 2:11-17

11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.

12 For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:

13 And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,

14 And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up,

15 And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall,

16 And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures.

17 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.

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C.S. Lewis said, “As long as you are proud, you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.”

The Bible Knowledge Commentary says, “Ultimately only one Person will be exalted. That One will be the Lord alone. When the Lord comes to judge, people will seek to escape His judgment by hiding in caves. They will fear His splendor, realizing that their arrogance and wealth cannot save them. God has a day in store, a scheduled time of reckoning for sinners. When the Almighty One comes, nothing will be able to stand in His way. Proud people will be humbled, and even the great cedar trees in the forests of Lebanon, north of Israel, and oak trees in Bashan, east of the Sea of Galilee, will be no match for the Lord. Mountains, perhaps suggesting governmental authorities), and their military defenses represented by towers and fortified walls, cannot oppose Him. He will also demolish man’s trade efforts typified by the merchant ships. Everything that seemed to man in his arrogance to be permanent and secure will be swept away. The Lord alone will be exalted when He demolishes Judah’s idols. This ultimate judgment will be in the future at Christ’s Second Advent.”

This passage tells us what will happen to the proud at the end of the world when Jesus Christ returns. All people with proud looks will be humbled and their haughtiness will be brought low. Only the Lord God will be exalted. God said in Isaiah 45:23, “Unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.” In the end, even those who have defied God and been proud in themselves will be forced to lower themselves before God. We should humble ourselves now rather than be compelled to do so on the day of judgment. David Guzik said, “In the day of the LORD, every proud, arrogant achievement of man will be brought to nothing, and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day. Because the days of idols and human pride are coming to an end, it is not wise to associate with those who cling to what will certainly be defeated. We should see that such men are of no account, and walk in the light of the LORD instead. What strange sin in us, to make us give more account to men who can only hold as much breath as their nostrils will contain – who depend on every breath for life – than to the LORD God who will shake the earth mightily! It simply makes sense for us to honor and obey God rather than follow men into sin.” This passage shows us that everything that humans take pride in accounts for nothing in the end. Instead of taking pride in yourself, you should humble yourself before God and give Him the glory that is due to Him.

If you struggle with pride, take this passage to heart and take heed to it the next time you face that temptation.

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!