The Seven Deadly Sins…
These are the sins that are identified as the base sins that all sorts of evil come forth from.
These are the deadly seven
They are opposite to and contrary to the seven virtues which are the following
In the third century AD, the people known as the “Desert Fathers,” came up with the idea of the seven deadly sins. The Desert Fathers were the early Christians that were isolated from society by retreating into the desert to live out extreme lives of separation from the things of the world.
John Cassian was a disciple of one of the Desert Fathers and he brought this concept to Europe where the Catholic church eventually adopted the idea.
Today in alignment with the passage from Jeremiah forty-eight, we will focusing on the sin of pride. Now pride is considered the first and worst of all the sins as it was the original sin that caused Satan to fall from grace.
It is known to be the sin from which all forms of evil come forth from and in its most basic form, it is the belief that one is to be like God Himself. This was actually the temptation of Adam and Eve that the serpent in the Garden of Eden used to draw away the people created in His image to grab onto a distorted image of being like God that Satan manifests Himself.
Pride is something that we all struggle with because sin at its core has pride as an underlying layer.
Sin is the choice to believe that God does not see what we do.
Sin is the belief that what God offers is either too slow or not good enough so that we have to take matters into our own hands, thus an attempt to manufacture our own “heaven” through the fulfillment of our desires.
Pride is an issue of the soul that doesn’t accept the identity and position that God has created us with. When we are not satisfied as sons, we will find ourselves like the prodigal son that walks away from the goodness of the Father’s house to only to end up in the dumps of life later on.
Pride is the focus in Jeremiah forty eight and how the Moabites are going to receive God’s judgement because as it states in verse twenty-nine:
“We have heard of the pride of Moab-he is very proud-of his loftiness, his pride, and his arrogance, and the haughtiness of his heart.”
C.S. Lewis in his book Mere Christianity states, that pride is the “anti-God” state.
Pride is ultimately a stance that is against God.
So what does God do in accordance to pride?
He ends it.
“And I will bring to an end in Moab, declares the LORD, him who offers sacrifice in the high place and makes offerings to his god.”
So how does pride develop?
Though we shouldn’t run from success because that will just lead to slothfulness and a twisted non-solution; we must be aware that success attracts pride but it doesn’t mean we have to bow down to it!
You know pride has sinked its fangs into you in the midst of success when you think you’ve made it and forget where you’ve come from.
It will lead to entitlement.
Ironically it can lead you to start coasting because what took hard work and God’s grace to get you there, you start to be prideful that any new change is not better or cannot work so the methods never change and new ideas are beat down with extreme prejudice.
In Proverbs 16:18 it says
“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
Success invites pride, pride welcomed opens the door to destruction.
It is especially at times of success that we must make the conscious effort to praise the LORD and remember where we came from and who we are in Him. Our identity as sons and daughters is what will beat back the temptation of pride and keep us in the goodness of the Father’s house. The major issues of the prodigal sons is that they forgot who they were in relation to the Father which led them to become who they were not and I feel a lot of times we today fall under the same traps!
So how do we guard against it?
Look at something bigger than you.
When I mean something bigger than you, I don’t mean the Joe Broflex across the street, but look at God.
Keep your eyes on God and realize that you and I are not the center of the universe nor the masters of even our own fate.
This may seem overwhelming at first because we for a time being remind ourselves that we are not fully in control even over our own lives but the other side of that fear is freedom because we realize that what we don’t control is actually in full control of the GOOD GOD that cares for us so deeply that He laid down His own Son for you and me.
That is why God honoring worship and praise feels so free at times because we are surrendering through the act of praise that He is LORD and our souls feels good because that is a good act because God deserves all the praise.
So, don’t let Sunday gatherings be the only time you surrender in praise.
Can’t you surrender in praise today?
It may eat at your time but it will guard you against the destruction that comes with pride and will also maintain success in a posture of blessing rather than curse because whatever success you have is only fuel to the fire of worship that you give unto the LORD,
Fuel the fire of worship by heaping up praises unto Him that will beat down pride because it’s hard to be the center of the universe when you make him the center of your praises.