Take Off the Mask of Pride (Part 2)

In my previous blog entry, Take Off the Mask of Pride, I wrote that, “our pride prevents us from seeing our real selves. Our pride prevents us from seeing the sin in our lives. Our pride makes us think that we are better than others. Our pride causes us to put on a mask because we are afraid of what others may think about us because they will see the true us.”

I also wrote that, “when we allow pride to take control of our lives, we become blind to that which pleases the Lord. Let us take this upcoming week to be humble and open before the Lord, to ask Him to search our hearts, and rid ourselves of the pride within us. It is not an easy task, but it will change your walk with the Lord forever.”

The more I reflected on what I wrote last week, the more I was convicted of the areas of pride in my life that I need to repent of before the Lord. When we allow pride to take control of our lives, our walk with the Lord becomes, in essence, an outward show, rather than an honest reflection of what’s happening on the inside.

I remember in my early years as a follower of the Messiah, that I would sit for hours with precious people discipling me and I would confess the different areas where I failed to honor the Lord. I had such a great amount of zeal to lay down the mask that I had in my life for so many years before I became a follower of the Messiah, and I wanted to be real before Him, in order to honor Him.

I wore such a heavy mask of pride, because I cared so much about what others thought of me. Yet when Yeshua took hold of my life, I came to a place where I didn’t care what others thought anymore, and my life started to be less and less about me, and more and more about Him. The Lord became the absolute center of my life, and the more I allowed Him to take over, the less I felt the need to impress others; I so much desired to honor Him in and through everything that I did.

I now find myself many years later, reflecting on those things. I confess that over the years, there are areas in my life in which I have allowed pride to slowly creep back in. I am convicted that I need to once again repent of this, and remove that mask from my life. My prayer was and still is, that whenever I pray, worship, and teach, that it will not be a show to impress others, but rather to honor my God who sees the deepest parts of my heart.

My dear brothers and sisters, I am opening myself to each of you reading this in order to encourage you to humbly come before our Lord, and ask Him to reveal any areas of pride in your heart. One of the most dangerous places one can be is to think he has it all together. This heart attitude blocks the Lord from working within us, which grieves Him. I am reminded of two of my favorite verses in the Word, which I aim to always make a foundation in my life:

“ The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever.” Psalm 111:10

This is part 4 in a series of articles about “Take off your mask..”.

Take off Your Mask

Take off the Mask of Religion

Take off the Mask of Pride (Part 1)

This article originally appeared on Hope for Israel, August 18, 2016, and reposted with permission.