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There is not a more deceptive sin than the sin of pride. It is a sin that everyone else can see a person has a problem with but the last person to find out about it is the proud person. Satan is the original source of pride and to walk in humility is to resist the very nature of the one who caused the Fall.


Pride leads to CONTENTIONS, Proverb 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.


Pride leads to COMPARISONS 2 Corinthians 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.


Pride leads to COMPETITION Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory (rivalry, contention, selfish ambition); but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.


Most of the contentions in marriage is rooted in pride. The person with a contentious spirit is usually thinking primarily of himself which is at the core of pride. A majority of the friction, strife, and disunity in churches can be from the root of pride. Think of a church where there was no contention, comparison, and competition.  Humble people would rather suffer wrong than do wrong and they are the ones who receive God’s favor. For some, the hardest thing for them to give is “in.”


Humility is the mind of Christ in our spirit affecting our daily thinking. It is a mindset that surrenders its rights, makes itself of no reputation, and seeks no recognition Philippians 2:3-8. It is a mind that neither diminishes itself to think more lowly of oneself as we ought to think but also does not exalt itself to think more highly of oneself than we ought to think. We have the mind of Christ in our spirit 1 Corinthians 2:16 and we are exhorted to let this mind be in us (in our natural mind, where we think, feel, and decide). We can humble ourselves and receive more of God’s grace James 4:6.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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