Pride and Humility

The Bible tells us that there is one person who would have reason to be proud. Colossians 1:15-19 Who is this verse referring to? ____ Was he proud? Philippians 2:5-8
What is the source of pride? Mark 7:21-22 1 John 2:15-16
Read the following 5 questions. Look for the answers in verses numbered 5-13 on the Bible verse page.
1. Why do you think God warns against pride?
2. What is the result of pride?
3. Why do you think God wants us to be humble?
4. What is the result of humility?
5. What are some ways that God helps people stay humble?
Because the temptation to be proud, is inescapable it will be helpful to:
1. Consider the truth about ourselves as the Bible reveals it to us. Without Jesus:
A. We are _____ of ___. John 8:34
B. We are like ____ without a ________. Isaiah 53:6
C. We are like useless ____, Isaiah 64:8
D. We are like a broken off ______, John 15:5-6
E. We have nothing to be proud of since it is only by
God’s ____ that the slave can be set free, the sheep shepherded, the clay made into something useful, and the broken branch grafted into the vine so that it can bear fruit. Ephesians 2:8 John 10:14
2. Recognize pride as a root cause of other sin, such as:
A. Slander (Gives the impression that I am _____ than the one I am “putting down”)
B. Ungratefulness (I _______ what I received so I don’t
have to be thankful,)
C. Self pity – for being unappreciated (I _______ to be
thanked or complimented.)
D. Critical spirit (I could do it ______)
E. Making fun of someone (I’m ______ than they are) F, Taking something that doesn’t belong to me (I _______ to have this, more than it’s owner does.)
Compare the way the devil tempted Eve to disobey God at the beginning of time:
“When you eat of it (the forbidden fruit) your eyes will be
opened and you will be like God.,,” Genesis 3:5 to the ways he tempts us today through the New Age movement:
“We will help you get in touch with the divine energy source
inside yourself,” and through other religions:
“If you are an especially ‘good’ person, and/or perform certain rituals, you can earn the favor of the gods, perhaps even become a god.”
How can we tell someone about something we have accomplished without bragging?
How can we encourage and build up others without flattering them or encouraging feelings of pride?
Is it ever OK to be boast about anything? Jeremiah 9:23-34
I cannot boast of my:
1. ________
2. _______
3. _______
but I can experience the joy of telling others that my
wisdom, might and riches lie in understanding and
knowing of the one and only Lord of heaven and earth who is
1. ________
2. _______
G, Talking about my successes, but not my failures (people will think more ______ of me.)
H, Read through this list thinking of how it applies to others, but not to ______,
3. Be honest with ourselves and with God: A, Admit our sins of pride B. Confess the sin C, Repent (turn from) D, Ask Jesus to forgive the sin and to help us to
recognize and resist the sin in the future,
1 ,Tonh 1:8-9
The Bible records a classic example of pride in the book of Daniel, We will read and study the story, not just as an historical account, but comparing ourselves to King Nebuchadnezzar and looking at the situation from God’s perspective.Daniel 3:28-30. Nebuchadnezzar knew and respected God. See Romans 1:20
Daniel 4:22. He had success and met his goals. See Genesis 12:2, 1 Cor. 12:4-6
Daniel 4:25. He was warned about the future. See 1 Peter 3:10-18
Daniel 4:30. He ignored God’s warnings. See Romans 1:21 and 28
Daniel 4:31-33. He was humbled by God. See 1 Corinthians 12:7
Daniel 4:3-4. He raised his eyes toward heaven. See Hebrews 12:1-2
Daniel 4:34, 35, 37. He had a spiritual transformation. See Ezekiel 36:26-27, Hebrews 13:15
Daniel 4:36. He was restored for the glory of the kingdom. See Matt 6:33, John 10:10

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