There are many scriptures that deal with pride but one that clearly is understood is Proverbs 16:18; “Pride comes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” Two distinct truths that comes with pride that this scripture reveals is destruction and a fall. It is also revealed that both of these distinct truths are a direct result of a satanic spirit that stems from the very character of satan himself, and that is the spirit of pride.
Satan’s (Lucifer) rebellious heart was full of pride which wars against God’s spirit of humility and eventually led to his fall and ultimately will lead to his final destruction. (lsh.14:12-15) As you can see the spirit of pride centers around self, selfishness and self exaltation as seen in the “I will’s” of satan’s in this scripture. God detests the spirit of pride spirit (Prv.6:16 – look) and withholds His grace from all those operating in it. (Jam.4:6) Below are some ways to detect that you have left the heart of humility and have entered into a heart of spiritual pride. These are not the only ones but may be some examples that you may not normally associate with the spirit of pride but they are:
1. You have an attitude of entitlement and you expect more done for you than you are willing to do for yourself or others.
2. You measure your sins and shortcomings by others that you feel are less than your
sins and you excuse or justify your own
3. You generally think your way is always the right, best, or only way and you shoot down or dismiss others suggestions without biblical principal
4. You become agitated or defensive when you are criticized or corrected and like to tell people what to do rather than be told what to do
5. You have got to be recognized as the center of attention, attraction seated at the head of the table and have an arrogant standoffish snubbiness towards people that suggests secretly in your heart that you are better than everyone else.
NO matter what kind of arrogance we deal with, we must take the focus off ourselves, turning it first to God and then to others. When we are willing to confront our pride actively, God will replace it with a spirit of humility that fits who we are in Christ. Just detecting pride in our hearts is not enough. We need to purge our hearts of a prideful spirit. We must daily submit ourselves to the Lord, resist the devil, continue to seek to God and obey His word by faith. This will keep you walking in humility with the Lord and purge you from the spirit of pride. (Jam. 4:6-10)