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Luke 20:46-47

Luke 20:46–47 (ESV): 46 "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, 47 who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation."

The worst state a human can live in is a state of pride. It deceives like no other. It will make a person twice the son of Hell quicker than anything else. Keep your heart with all diligence and make sure pride isn't controlling your heart for God hates haughtiness.

The religious leaders were riddled with the cancer of pride during Jesus' day. They elevated themselves so much that the world around them felt like they were nearly perfect. Jesus knew the reality though. They were whitewashed tombs, nothing but dead men walking. They would not hear that rebuke from Jesus because pride covered their ears. The Lord goes on to say that a person living life like they are something when they are nothing will receive greater condemnation.

You can't be born again if you are prideful. It will keep you from receiving the grace of God. If you are born again, you should diligently guard your heart against pride lest it wrecks you spiritually. Nothing good can come from it. Stay in tune to your spirit-man and maintain an attitude of humility and dependence upon Christ and you will be exalted. If you find yourself struggling with pride ask God to help you lest He humble you the hard way. Amen?

Father, we thank You for the example of Jesus who humbled Himself and became a servant of all. May we take on His characteristics and not that of the religious leaders. Keep us humble and useable we pray in Jesus' name, amen. 

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