Nebuchadnezzar – most powerful person in the world at that time… life falls apart and after he is glad because the most terrible thing in his life was cured.. Pride – spiritual pride.
- Sleep of pride
- Heart of pride
- Outcome of pride
- Healing of pride
SLEEP – What do we learn? No matter how accomplished you are or will be or how successful you are and will be, CONTENTMENT and PROSPEROUS you are or will be… it will never be complete.
People at the top are deeply troubled. The human soul wants something so big and it will not be satisfied. Can’t get content, can’t get prosperous, human soul always wants more.
Most of us spend our lives striving to “get there” always wanting more. Some people do get their and even then they discover they still want more like Nebuchadnezzar.
HEART – Pride is: I DID IT BY MY POWER FOR MY GLORY.
There is one good version of Pride… Pride is faith in the idea that God had when he made you. Bible teaches us that we are not an accident. We are created by design for a purpose with a promise. This creates a purpose. We can have good pride in this.
BAD PRIDE – “I did it by my power for my glory.”
Pride looks at life with ENTITLEMENT. I am owed these good things.
Pride in a good life…. I get all this good stuff because I work hard and I am smart. I am a hard worker I am entitled to… I am smart, I am entitled to…. I am good, I am entitled to…
Pride in a bad life… I am suffering more than others. Things are not fair. I am owed something better. I am entitled to more. I am owed more than what I got. I am owed more than what I have got.
Pride is cosmic plagiarism. Pride is that which claims to be the author of what is really a gift. Pride is looking at your life, and claiming to be the author of your life when REALLY your life is a gift. Pride is a form of cosmic plagerism. “I wrote it, I composed it, I did it.”
Humility says – it is all a gift. I do not deserve it. It is a gift. If God gave me what I deserve, I would be lost.
- Humility is that life that receives life as a gift.
- Humility is not low self-esteem
FALSE Humility – Says I am a bad person so I do not deserve it. False humility makes you hate life.
FALSE Humility – Says I do not deserve it so I do not want it. I do not want friends, I do not want joy, …. This false humility is a reverse PRIDE. What false humility is saying is “I should earn it.”, ” I want to earn it”, “I will not take it because I have not earned it”, deep underneath it, there is still a sence of “I am owed it”. There will be an excuse. People with false humility hate life. The sign of false humility is depression. The sign of true humility is joy.
Humility says: I could not possibly merit the good things God has given me. My health my mind my friends. Every day is a surprise. Each day is better than I thought. What I do have is all mercy. Every day is a surprise. Each day is free. Each day is undeserved.
What is bad about pride?
- We are stealing the glory of our life from God.
- We are stealing authorship from the author.
Pride says “I am not dependant on other things.” But in reality we are. We are dependant on the following things… BUT more importantly did I have the power to CHOOSE…. earth we walk on, the century we were born in, our parents – relationship and genetics, our friends, our government, our schools, our co-workers, our government structure, our opportunities. think about it… how much of who and what you are really under your control? HOW MUCH of that do I control?
I had nothing to do and control in the above list…
Reality is you say “I have worked hard.” But with what? You worked with your mind, talents, abilities, friends, coworkers, connections that GOD and God alone gave you.
Paul says humility is — 1 Corinthians 4:6-7 6 I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers,[a] that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another. 7 For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?
Do not take pride in one man over another for what differentiates you from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive as a gift.
A joyous life is that which receives everything as a gift and a self-absorbed and miserable life looks at life as “I am owed this”.
Pride defaces your humanity. Like Nebuchadnezzar we become an animal. We fight like beasts to get what we are owed. To get our entitlement. We get turned into an animal.
Pride makes is like an animal… INCAPABLE to empathise with one another. Animals cannot image what it is like to be in the situation of the other. You are NEVER more human than when you are able to sense what the other feels.
PRIDE is a way to justify to yourself the control you have over your life. I deserve this and I am owed this. Pride makes you so miserable because you are so absorbed by yourself that you cannot even notice others weeping in the corners. Pride makes you like an animal, driven by instincts for more.
We run from people who threaten us.
People who hate people that brag the most are the most prideful people. Pride makes us like an animal driven by animal instincts.
Pride robs us of joy. Animals cannot have joy in their tribulations. Animals cannot rise above their problems. Humans can have joy in tribulation.
Pride sucks all the joy out of your life. If things go right, you say “it is about time” I was owed it. If things go right you say “I don’t deserve this”, “why me”?
So much of our problems come from pride. LOSS of sleep because we are snubbed.
The ONLY thing that will heal you of pride is seeing 2 things together:
- The only thing we DESERVE is judgement by God
- See I am already the object of the greatest mercy of God
Must must must see these 2 things together to be healed.
When bad things happen we can see it one of 2 ways: When the stroke comes in it can either humble us or harden us.
- We can receive the tribulation in PRIDE and say to ourselves “I do not deserve this” – God you suck. (Hardened heart)
- We can receive it the tribulation in humbling. This shows me who I am and shows me my fragility. 1) humbles me 2) recognize that God gave it all in mercy and love by grace.
In our pride we try to be more than meer humans. Christ was marred to beyond human likeness.
He Was Pierced for Our Transgressions
13 Behold, my servant shall act wisely;[a]
he shall be high and lifted up,
and shall be exalted.
14 As many were astonished at you—
his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance,
and his form beyond that of the children of mankind—
15 so shall he sprinkle[b] many nations;
kings shall shut their mouths because of him;
for that which has not been told them they see,
and that which they have not heard they understand.
There is an ASSUMPTION in our modern world that says the WORLD is much worse than we deserve…. PROVE THAT TO ME. The world is ACTUALLY much better than we deserve.
Remember the oppressed, remember the poor, LOVE GOD first Love your neighbour.
Biblical idea of Tithing… 2 ways to look at it. (World vision)
- God is taking 10% of everything I worked for.
- God gave me 100% and only wants 10% back on the loan. I can keep 90% for free!
God is the author of my life. I am a piece of art by the greatest creator in the universe. Artists love their art and that is how God looks at me.
- Pride: The Case of Nebuchadnezzar, Feb 5, 1995, Daniel 4:24-37
- 3-01 Pride_ The Case of Nebuchadnezz.mp3
Daniel 4:37 — 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.