SPIRITUAL DWARFS – part 2 – PRIDEFUL

Every Spiritual Dwarf is a liar. Each of them denies some truth of God.

Hear Prideful as he speaks his lies: “I don’t need anyone else but me. I am in control. I am always right. I am wise enough to decide my fate. I am strong enough on my own to get through all situations without anything from anyone else. I am able to get what I want. And whatever I get is mine – deserved and obtained by my own power, efforts and intellect. Not only do I not need anyone else to help me in my life, it would do everyone else a great deal of good to listen to me tell them how to run their lives!”

Prideful denies the very need of God. Prideful is so self-focused in his outrageous lies that the Holy, Sovereign God is dismissed entirely or, at the very least, considered unnecessary for Prideful to live as Prideful determines is best for himself.

Oh, my goodness! Does this Spiritual Dwarf need to be killed in your life? He does in mine. Over and over and over again! Allowing Prideful to live out his destructive lies in our lives is very dangerous for us and for everyone with whom we interact.

Pride[ful] goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. – Proverbs 16:18

Prideful is a powerful, ugly and persistent Spiritual Dwarf who speaks the most and, often, speaks the loudest of all the other Dwarfs. Yet, Prideful can, at the same time, hide insidiously behind the façade of the other Spiritual Dwarfs. Prideful is not only a liar, Prideful boasts of self and temporal things from a very skewed and limited perspective. His boasts focus on nothing of eternal substance or value and are completely lacking in any true godly wisdom.

God tells us His truth: It is in understanding God, and knowing God, that any of us gain any real wisdom or have any true reason for pride. And that godly pride comes only from a place of sincere humility before the Sovereign Lord.

This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they understand and know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD. – Jeremiah 9:23-24

When pride[ful] comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.      – Proverbs 11:2

God loves us and wants the very best for each of us. Killing the Spiritual Dwarf of Prideful is the very best thing we could do in order to live in true wisdom and power, by humbly holding fast to our Sovereign Lord’s eternal truth: We all need God!