The Problem with Pride

His father never crossed him. David didn’t discipline his son Adonijah. Adonijah, was never held accountable, nor was he ever told, “no”. this could be in direct proportion to being King, or it could be in general. Either way Adonijah’s self-importance was permitted to grow unhindered. The hard skin around his heart remained untrimmed, and unpruned by discipline and crossing. This hard skin in any heart becomes a breeding ground for sin and a throne for Satan, who thrives on and in the flesh of man. The culmination of Adonijah’s growing pride was the statement. “I will be king”, a heart left untended will eventually seek a kingdom of its own. This is a spiritual problem, A heart seeking a kingdom of its own has been dominated by a spirit of pride.

Consider these words …Isaiah 12 How you have fallen from heaven, O Morning Star, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the ground, O destroyer of nations. 13 You said in your heart: “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God. I will sit on the mount of assembly, in the far reaches of the north. 14I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”…
2 Thessalonians 2:4 He will oppose and exalt himself above every so-called god or object of worship. So, he will seat himself in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.
Daniel 11:36 Then the king will do as he pleases and will exalt and magnify himself above every god, and he will speak monstrous things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of

 

“Now Adonijah, the son of Haggish, exalted himself, saying, ‘I will be king’. So, he prepared for himself, chariots and horsemen with fifty men to run before him, and his father never crossed him at any time, by asking why have you done so?”I Kings 1:1-10

Adonijah wanted to be king above the King God appointed, though he did not have the King David’s blessing, God’s approval, or an anointing from the prophet Nathan, still on he marched, according to his own will. Adonijah didn’t consult with God’s appointed leadership and he didn’t inquire of God. He seems to be doing what was pleasing and right in his own eyes? And his father didn’t say, “no”. God measures a man by what is in a man’s heart. What do Adonijah’s actions say about his heart? What one does proves the contents of our heart. Is there pride or humility, Patience or presumption, love or hate, jealousy or grace, bitterness or thankfulness? Ultimately Adonijah’s actions proved there was pride and his course of action was devoted to his own cause.

This isn’t just an Adonijah problem, this is a human problem. Since the flood the wickedness of men’s hearts has been great. God expressed his desire for man’s heart to be circumcised, cutting away the hard flesh consisting in our own way and lusts. How willing are we to surrender our desires and change the course and direction of our life? Perhaps we need to ask God to check us, cross us, circumcise our hearts, so that pride doesn’t take root, growing unimpeded. When God circumcises our heart, you can bet he crosses us. He loves us too much to leave us wild and uncultivated.

Hearts are important to God. God cannot plant his word within our hearts when surrounded by hard-callous skin. It’s the heart that changes the course of your life, it’s the heart that bears fruit and it’s the heart that needs reformation. When good and supple, the heart can carry, absorb and cultivate the word of God, producing a harvest worthy of the kingdom of heaven, but a hard heart only wants to cultivate the kingdom of this world.

Eight hundred and five times the word heart is mentioned in the scriptures. Our hearts have inconceivable value and power in our lives and to God’s purposes. Consider that it’s the heart which communicates with God and has the capability to house the Spirit of God, which is why it is Satan’s target. He wants to block out communication with the Father, but Christ came to clean It with his blood, offering us the opportunity to be free of every evil spirit and fleshly indulgence.

Even though this portion of I kings does not mention the word heart, we see the fruit of Adonijah’s heart. His actions and words are the manifestation of his heart’s occupants.
Jesus said, “out of the mouth comes that which fills the heart.” We can always discern what’s in our own heart, by the fruit that comes out of our mouths. All that Adonijah did proved that his heart was filled with pride, lust and rebellion. “I will be king” he said.

Self-importance is an ancient tool used by the devil, who tempts man to be “like God” through his own works. When Man exalts himself, he is imitating the Devil, rather than the Creator. Who are you imitating today, and what does it say about what is in your heart? Just as God made man in His own image, and breathed his spirit in to make man a living being, so Satan tries to infuse man with His spirit, sometimes he succeeds. Our defense is Christ in me, I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and delivered Himself up for me.” (Galatians 2:19-20). We must die to ourselves and our desires, a total surrender to the Highest and a full occupation and abiding of the Holy Spirit, who wages war against the flesh. Our only victory over the spirit of pride is the Spirit of Christ. When we crucify our flesh, Satan has nothing in us.

 

Take a moment today and ask the Lord to reveal what’s in your heart? Then listen to the words you speak throughout the day, and ask have I permitted my Father to cross me?

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