God pickles the proud..
"There is perhaps no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive. Even if I could conceive that I had completely overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility. "
Text 1 Peter 5:5-11
So many feel that the subject of pride and humility is such a taboo! No one wants to come out and say they are humble for fear of being pegged as proud. Now although it may not be the most tactful thing to declare ones humility we are commanded to humble ourselves. Gods desire is that we humble ourselves rather than Him having to do it.
2Ch 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves,
1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
1). Clothed in Humility Vs. 5,6
2). Casting on Him. Vs. 7
3). Caution above Measure Vs. 8,9
4). Called unto His Glory. Vs. 10,11
-The lesson is really one of Pride and Humility.
-If we are humble we will submit ourselves one to another,
-When we are humble before God we cast our cares on Him in agreement that we can't handle this life on our own.
When we are humble we able to be used of God. God cannot use anyone that prideful for his glory, because it would attempt to steal glory that rightfully belongs to Him. "look what I did" " I am sure glad I..."
--Pride will always produce sin.
Pr 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention..Pr 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction..
Proverbs 29:23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
--Humility produces Faith
We can resist the wicked one by humbly planting ourselves in the Faith of God
1 Peter 5:9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. (While attempting to have a humble spirit its good to remember that we aren't the only ones that have afflictions.)
--Faith produces Action
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
--Action doesn't produce Faith.
James 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
"Remember God pickles the proud and preserves the humble"