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1 “Embracing Change To Experience Life!” 1 John 2:15–17

2 Isaiah 14:13,14…. “ (v.13) You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights …. “ (v.13) You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights ….

3 Isaiah 14:13,14…. …. of the sacred mountain. (v.14) I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’” (NIV) …. of the sacred mountain. (v.14) I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’” (NIV)

4 “PRIDE” is defined as “an inordinate amount of self-esteem.” “PRIDE” is defined as “an inordinate amount of self-esteem.”

5 Let us learn a bit about “PRIDE”…. see where it comes from and how destructive it can be to self and others. Let us learn a bit about “PRIDE”…. see where it comes from and how destructive it can be to self and others.

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7 Isaiah 14:13,14…. “ (v.13) You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights …. “ (v.13) You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights ….

8 Isaiah 14:13,14…. …. of the sacred mountain. (v.14) I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’” (NIV) …. of the sacred mountain. (v.14) I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’” (NIV)

9 Did you notice all the “ I ”? 5 times! Did you notice all the “ I ”? 5 times! PRIDE is all about “ I ” – never about others or even God. I will… I will…, I will… 5 times this me-istic being named himself above God, himself greater than God, and himself better than God. PRIDE is all about “ I ” – never about others or even God. I will… I will…, I will… 5 times this me-istic being named himself above God, himself greater than God, and himself better than God.

10 Note the parallel...  Satan said, “I will be like the Most High.” (Isaiah 14:14)  He told Adam and Eve, “You will be like GOD.” (Genesis 3:5)

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12 A) Vanity VANITY is about appearance. VANITY is about appearance.

13 Psalm 10:3…. “He boasts of the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD.” (NIV) “He boasts of the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD.” (NIV)

14 Ecclesiastes 1:2…. “Meaningless! Meaningless!’ says the Teacher. ‘Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” (NIV) “Meaningless! Meaningless!’ says the Teacher. ‘Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” (NIV)

15 is more worried about what people think about her than God. is more worried about what people think about her than God.

16 B) Accomplishment There is nothing wrong with achievement, we are to do our best, and try our hardest, but don’t let our “achievements” exert power or control over others. There is nothing wrong with achievement, we are to do our best, and try our hardest, but don’t let our “achievements” exert power or control over others.

17 Romans 12:3…. “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.” (NIV) “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.” (NIV)

18 C) Educated walks only with the educated class of people.

19 Romans 12:3…. “Always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.” (NIV) “Always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.” (NIV)

20 There is nothing wrong with getting a good education, but PRIDE takes over when a person uses that education to exalt himself above others. There is nothing wrong with getting a good education, but PRIDE takes over when a person uses that education to exalt himself above others.

21 D) Middle Class He PUTS DOWN that upper class group of folks. He PUTS DOWN that upper class group of folks.

22 This “middle class” man is “real” – where he is down to earth, he thinks of himself as more compassionate, more caring, more in touch with what is important. This “middle class” man is “real” – where he is down to earth, he thinks of himself as more compassionate, more caring, more in touch with what is important.

23 He sees himself as better than the others that he puts down.

24 1 Timothy 5:13…. “Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to.” (NIV) “Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to.” (NIV)

25 E) Materialistic They are those who dream of wearing nothing but only the finest in designer labels and brands. They are those who dream of wearing nothing but only the finest in designer labels and brands.

26 desires to have – always wants to acquire. If you don’t have it then you need to get it! desires to have – always wants to acquire. If you don’t have it then you need to get it! 1 John 2:15–17

27 F) Better Than You Ecclesiastes 1:15…. “What is twisted cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted.” (NIV) “What is twisted cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted.” (NIV)

28 is never full, they will consume until there is nothing left. is never full, they will consume until there is nothing left. God can be a part of their life, but not consume their life. God can be a part of their life, but not consume their life.

29 The Word tells us to….

30 Ephesians 4:2…. “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (NIV) “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (NIV)

31 Ephesians 4:32…. “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (NIV) “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (NIV)

32 “Pride” does some horrible things to the hearts of men and women…. it’s all about SELF! “Pride” does some horrible things to the hearts of men and women…. it’s all about SELF!

33 The only “I will” God wants to hear is The only “I will” God wants to hear is from the inside of my heart. from the inside of my heart.

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35 Proverbs 8:13…. “To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.” (NIV) “To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.” (NIV)

36 Job 33:9…. “I am pure and without sin; I am clean and free from guilt.” (NIV) “I am pure and without sin; I am clean and free from guilt.” (NIV)

37 A) Pride Pushes Us Away From God A) Pride Pushes Us Away From God PRIDE distances us from GOD. PRIDE distances us from GOD. PRIDE causes a person to kick GOD out of the core of his own heart. PRIDE causes a person to kick GOD out of the core of his own heart.

38 Psalm 138:6…. “Though the LORD is on high, he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he knows from afar.” (NIV) “Though the LORD is on high, he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he knows from afar.” (NIV)

39 Have you noticed your prayer life lately? Is your prayer life dealing with “me and me” only? Is your prayer life dealing with “me and me” only?

40 B) Pride Pushes Us Away From Serving One Another B) Pride Pushes Us Away From Serving One Another How many of you want to be great when you get to heaven? How many of you want to be great when you get to heaven?

41 If you want to become great, become a “s-e-r-v-a-n-t” (Matthew 20:26). If you want to become great, become a “s-e-r-v-a-n-t” (Matthew 20:26).

42 No servant was present, so Jesus got up took the initiative and washed all of the apostles’ feet. No servant was present, so Jesus got up took the initiative and washed all of the apostles’ feet. John 13

43 Is God speaking to you and I regarding our “PRIDE?” Is God speaking to you and I regarding our “PRIDE?”

44 There is no upside to PRIDE, no long-term or lasting benefits to speak of, absolutely no eternal benefits. There is no upside to PRIDE, no long-term or lasting benefits to speak of, absolutely no eternal benefits.

45 Is there PRIDE in your life today?


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