Victoria Fellowship Church
International & Interdenominational
VFC Bible Study worksheet 14-Feb-2016
Theme: Wisdom for Living
Topic: Manifestations of Pride
Main Texts: Deuteronomy 8:10-20; Daniel 4:1-28
Key Verse: Proverbs 29:23 –“Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.” (NIV)
It is often said among Christians that pride is the most deadly sin – not that it is unforgivable, but because it is the sin that prevents many from coming to a personal knowledge of Jesus Christ. Pride makes us detest the idea of submitting our life to Another. Pride was what turned Lucifer – once the most beautiful of angels – into the Devil – see Isaiah 14:12-20 KJV. What makes pride even more deadly is that those guilty of it have difficulty recognizing it in themselves. When someone points out a man’s pride to him, the proud typically puts up a robust defense, claiming that what looks like pride is in fact some “principle”!
1. In Deuteronomy 8:10-20 God warns us against a particular kind of pride. In what subtle ways can we manifest this type of pride, even as a Christian? Much of our pride comes from our consciousness of our position or pedigree. We may indeed occupy an exalted position, such as being head of a successful organisation, or even a country. It may also be that we come from a royal or some highly respected family. However, regardless of the truth of our exalted position or pedigree, God detests pride in all its forms. King Nebuchadnezzar in Dan 4:1-4 gave what seemed to be a glowing testimony to God’s goodness – the type of testimony we often hear in our churches today. Yet soon after this testimony God took him through a bitter experience – being exiled into the forest to live like animals for seven years.
2. List the key issues God wanted Nebuchadnezzar to address in Dan 4:24-27 and how Nebuchadnezzar’s guilt may be more widespread in the church today than we acknowledge. Not all pride involves active participation of the one that is proud. Consider Herod in Acts 12:20-23. He did not speak any proud word. He only sat on his throne to give audience to delegates from Tyre and Sidon who had come to make peace with him. The delegates elevated him to a position of a god. Although Herod said no word in response, God held him guilty of pride and took his life immediately.
3. Describe typical situations where a Christian may be guilty of such covert pride as Herod and how God might respond either in the short term or long term. However, there is such a thing as “healthy pride”. The Christian’s pride in his position in Christ should lead him to refusing to condescend to sin. Unbelievers may see this as pride in the negative sense, but it is the kind of pride God wants a Christian to exhibit.
4. Give examples of manifestations of a healthy pride
Lord, reveal to me any overt or subtle pride in me that I may repent. Grant me the grace to offer to you genuine acknowledgement of your grace and never seek to share in your glory, either in my thoughts, word or actions. in Jesus’ name. Amen.