Today, though, I want to talk to you about a subject that is a painful one to talk about. I mentioned it earlier, I want to talk to you about pride. Psychologists call it narcissism. Greek mythology, Narcissus, walking down a path one day. Looked, saw his reflection in some water. He began to fall in love with his reflection. Maybe the first selfie in the history of the world was right there. And now, all of the thinkers say, “Oh, we have a culture of narcissism, and technology is the major contributor to narcissism, this me-istic mentality.” I agree. I totally agree. We all have struggles with narcissism. However, God is the one that pinpointed narcissism. It’s pride. It’s pride.
See, I can see pride in you but I have a hard time seeing it in myself. “Oh, you’re prideful.” Because I have certain things in my mind, certain little components and if you mess up on one of those little components, “Oh! You’ve got a pride problem!” And you’re the same. What is pride? Pride is giving myself the glory that is only reserved for God. It’s rebelling against Him. That’s what pride is. You think back in time, back specifically in the life of Lucifer, a.k.a. Satan, Lucifer had a pride problem. He was the worship leader in Heaven, meaning that he was all about giving love and honor and glory to the Lord. But check out what he said. It sounds like someone is Tweeting. It sounds like one of the, maybe, people that I follow or you follow.
“I will ascend to the Heavens. I will raise my throne above the stars of God. I will sit enthroned on the Mount of Assembly, on the utmost heights. I, I, I, me, me, me, my, my, my. The ride of pride. The ego trip. And the plot clots in Psalm 138:6, “Though the Lord is great he cares for the humble.” The sin: pride. The win: humility. “But, he keeps his (say it with me) he keeps his distance from the proud.” Pride distances us from God. It attributes to self the honor and glory due to God alone. Ed Young Books