The beloved John informs us: "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." I John 2:16
John informs us the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life are worldly traits. So we need to ask, "Why do we witness these same traits in God's people?" The answer should be simple. It's because God's people have not separated themselves from the world, worldly people, and worldly influences in their lives. They still believe they can serve God and mammon. Their selfish attitudes, self-will, and self-centeredness will not allow them to enter into the Kingdom of God. They will be among those who will weep and wail and gnash their teeth when Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets sit down in the Kingdom of God. These will be thrust out into outer darkness (the wrath of God). The All-wise Solomon informed us:
"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall." Proverbs 16:18
If man fails to deal with his pride, destruction will come in the form of God's wrath or judgement. If God's people refuse to deal with their haughty spirit, they can expect a fall. Solomon also wrote:
"When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom." Proverbs 11:2
When pride is present in a life, it always leads to shame. The meaning of shame is "disgrace, dishonor". This shame may not come in the eyes of man, but is always present in the eyes of God. As we continue to partake of Solomon's wisdom we are informed:
"The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate." Proverbs 8:13
Many of God's people have become arrogant because of their wealth, position, or recognition. As Solomon discloses, God hates their pride, arrogancy, evil ways, and froward (perverse) mouths. God is calling His people to repentance. Those who will not heed God's warning will find themselves in God's wrath. Judgement must begin at the house of God, I Peter 4:17.
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