Pride goeth before destruction, And an haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud.
Proverbs 16:18-19 KJV
The sin that corrupted Lucifer in heaven was self-generated pride .
Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
Ezekiel 28:15 KJV
Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
Ezekiel 28:17 KJV
Terms for a haughty spirit:
- Excessive self-esteem.
- A strong sense of being better than others.
- Living independently of God.
- Withdrawing from others because of feelings of self-sufficiency.
- Not honoring God (who deserves it) or others who might deserve it.
- An excessive expression of accomplishments and worth or attraction.
- Scorning people that are not the same intellect, nationality, worth or morals.
- Exaggeration of abilities they do not possess but think they do. “Better than thou”
How does God feel about a haughty spirit?
- God hates pride.
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 KJV
These six things doth the LORD hate: Yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, Proverbs 6:16-17 KJV
Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: Though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
Proverbs 16:5 KJV
- strong disdain
- extreme disgust
The spirit of haughtiness is not a demonic spirit but a satanic spirit .
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
John 8:44 NIV
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; And in sin did my mother conceive me. Psalm 51:5 KJV
The spirit of pride
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”
And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years,
In that day the LORD with his hard and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisting serpent, and he will slay the dragon that is in the sea.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church,
1 “Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook or press down his tongue with a cord? 2 Can you put a rope in his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook? 3 Will he make many pleas to you? Will he speak to you soft words? 4 Will he make a covenant with you to take him for your servant forever?
8 Lay your hands on him; remember the battle- you will not do it again!
His back is made of rows of shields, shut up closely as with a seal. 16 One is so near to another that no air can come between them. 17 They are joined one to another; they clasp each other and cannot be separated. 18 His sneezings flash forth light, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the dawn. Out of his mouth go flaming torches; sparks of fire leap forth.
24 His heart is hard as a stone, hard as the lower millstone.
31 He makes the deep boil like a pot; he makes the sea like a pot of ointment.
34 He sees everything that is high; he is king over all the sons of pride.”
1. A prideful spirit will be uncontrollable/untamable .
1 Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? Or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down? 2 Canst thou put an hook into his nose? Or bore his jaw through with a thorn?
Job 41:1-2 KJV
2. A prideful spirit will not need prayer.
3 Will he make many supplications unto thee? Will he speak soft words unto thee?
Job 41:3 KJV
4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
Psalm 10:4 KJV
29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing but by prayer and fasting.
Mark 9:29 KJV
3. A prideful spirit will not honor relationships.
4a Will he make a covenant with you
4. A prideful spirit will not be a servant.
7 But emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.
I Corinthians 9:19
5. A prideful spirit will not be corrected.
8 Lay your hands on him; remember the battle- you will not do it again! Job 41:8
8 Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
14 If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
II Chronicles 7:14