How To Stop Drinking Too Much Pride

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“Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. In past generations, he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways. Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.” Even with these words, they scarcely restrained the people from offering sacrifice to them. — Acts 14:15-18

I am amazed by how hard Paul and Barnabas had to fight off the god-like worship of them by the men of Lystra. Did you notice that last verse? It read, “Even with these words they scarcely restrained the people from offering sacrifice to them.”

Over the last decade, so many Christian men and leaders have been corrupted by the clutches of fame that leads to pride. This is because the call of pride is intoxicating. Men drink of it and become inebriated by the promise of power and control. And then ultimately, pride matures and becomes narcissism that attempts to control the people who celebrated and supported their rise to stardom. And then the only way to whittle down their pride becomes a tragic fall from their glory that is not only humbling but is humiliating.

I think how Paul and Barnabas respond here is a beautiful indication of a great man of God. Great men can war off at all costs the beckoning cry and lure of pride. Even when forcibly projected onto him, he can reasonably and with precision project the glory to God. And notice how they do it in this text. By preaching a couple of things to others what simultaneously preach to themselves. First, that God is the one and only God, and they are not. Second, that only God can satisfy, and they cannot. And I believe deflecting the glory people project onto us instantly and verbally is what great Christian men do. Because when done promptly and from the right motivation, this prevents a man from drinking from the bottle of pride.

Try it. The next time someone gives you an “atta-boy,” deflect glory to God. Point to Him and say it out loud. And see if God doesn’t speak to them and you all at the same time.

ASK THIS: What glory do you need to give to God right now?

DO THIS: Deflect the glory that belongs only to Him.

PRAY THIS: God, may I be a humble man so that pride will never have me. Keep me sober and full of humility.

PLAY THIS: To Be Like You — Hillsong.

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4 thoughts on “How To Stop Drinking Too Much Pride

  1. Cory B says:

    I think I do well to deflect and try to remain humble, but I don’t openly give the glory to him. I also know in the past and maybe still today, crave the occasional “atta boy.” I try to keep in perspective that every time I serve, I GET to volunteer instead of HAVE to. This is a new concept I struggle with because it can be practical in everything we do.

    Thank you Lord for letting me serve you.

  2. mark skinner says:

    Great message today Vince. I stepped out of my comfort zone today, and was feeling kinda proud…. this message speaks to me- to recognize any positive steps I took today were due to the Lord and His grace. Thanks for this- prayers to the Lord for blessing us with you and your great ministry- keep up the good work!

  3. samcblower says:

    Great message Vince. I have seen so many great preaches and evangelists over the years that have fallen prey to this trick of the devil. I think we all like our ego stroked once in a while, but as you said, we need to immediately and openly confess that the gifts and talents we use are from God above and that all the glory needs to go to Him.
    Lord, help me to remember that I am only an instrument, you are the great musician.

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