Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18
"My name is Pride. I am a cheater.
I cheat you of your God-given destiny. . .because
you demand your own way.
I cheat you of contentment. . .because you "deserve better than this."
I cheat you of knowledge. . .because you already know it all.
I cheat you of healing. . .because you're too full of ME to forgive.
I cheat you of holiness. . .because you refuse to admit when you're wrong.
I cheat you of vision. . .because
You'd rather look in the mirror than out a window.
I cheat you of genuine friendship. . .because
nobody's going to know the real you.
I cheat you of love. . .because real romance demands sacrifice.
I cheat you of greatness in heaven. . .because
you refuse to wash another's feet on earth.
I cheat you of God's glory. . .because I convince you to seek you own.
My name is Pride. I am a cheater.
You like me because you think I'm always looking out for you. Untrue.
I'm looking to make a fool of YOU.
God has so much for you, I admit, but don't worry. . . .
If you stick with me
You'll never know."
-Beth Moore, from Praying God's Word
Breaking free from spiritual strongholds
I can not speak for you but for me I need to have the courage to RUN to God when pride even tries to creep up on me. Therefore my entire being will be aware of things that are holy and totally different than being FOOLED by pride.