Let Me Introduce You to the Stranger in the Shadows

I don’t think we give pride enough credit. (Not that he needs more air in his already inflated ego.)

But think about how much pride impacts our lives. I would venture to say that most (if not all!) conflicts, strifes, misunderstandings, and dissentions we face can be traced back to pride.

Pride is that stranger lurking in the shadows of our heart. With a voice so smooth and appealing to our flesh, we rarely question his advice.

But here’s a thought – is he really a stranger? Or is he the honored guest…

I found this quote and thought I’d share it with you all. Read how she personifies Pride and exposes his tactics:

My name is Pride. I am a cheater. I cheat you of your God-given destiny . . . because you demand your own way. I cheat you of contentment . . . because you “deserve better than this.” I cheat you of knowledge . . . because you already know it all. I cheat you of healing . . . because you’re too full of me to forgive. I cheat you of holiness . . . because you refuse to admit when you’re wrong. I cheat you of vision . . . because you’d rather look in the mirror than out a window. I cheat you of genuine friendship . . . because nobody’s going to know the real you. I cheat you of love . . . because real romance demands sacrifice. I cheat you of greatness in heaven . . . because you refuse to wash another’s feet on earth. I cheat you of God’s glory . . . because I convince you to seek your own. My name is Pride. I am a cheater. You like me because you think I’m always looking out for you. Untrue. I’m looking to make a fool of you. God has so much for you, I admit, but don’t worry . . . If you stick with me You’ll never know.

~Beth Moore

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