Ephesians 6:14-17 reads "Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared. In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."

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Bad Pride

Proverbs 11:2

“2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.”

Pride is a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc. You see pride dominate in sports all the time. People in sports get prideful because of championships, awards, personal achievements, one’s ability, and the list goes on. Pride can ruin the reputation of an athlete.

Pride ruled most of my life as a Christian athlete, and it hit me smack in the face when it all got taken away in a moment in my life. I walked around like I was the hot stuff, and I had it all. As a matter of fact I can’t remember to many times where I honored God out on the playing field. I had been gifted with an ability to play baseball and other sports, but I forgot to honor my Father in Heaven.

We need to honor God in everything we do and realize that we need him. It took taking something away that I absolutely loved to realize that I should have honored God more as an athlete. I was more afraid of what people thought of me for being a Christian athlete, then what God thought of me. My pride got in the way.

As Christians we have to learn how to put our pride aside, and live in humility. Humility takes us recognizing that everything we do is a gift from God, and it can all be taken away in a matter of seconds. When we fail to humble ourselves before the King of kings pride will take over. Pride is a stumbling block that will draw us away from the Lord. We need to hand over our prideful hearts, and humble ourselves before the Lord Almighty in everything we do. With humility comes wisdom, and we draw close to the Father.

Question: Do you let pride get in the way?

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