The Prison of Pride:

Steps to Humility

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Freedom Session 5:

 

 Introduction:

           

One of our biggest obstacles to living in freedom is a false sense of freedom.  We don’t realize that we have allowed some lies to shape us and warp our view.  It’s as if we are living in a prison cell and we’ve have decorated it to look nice and made it as comfortable as we can. But, the lock is open because of Jesus and we are free to walk out.  The problem is we don’t. we’re comfortable, so we stay there… accommodating our sin, managing our pain and staying stuck.

Some prisons are more noticeable than others. Sometimes we’re desperate to change but find it too difficult to break bad habits and patterns.  We may have tried everything to get free and are searching for the answer in someone or something. It’s hard to believe that Jesus is enough for our healing. Other prisons are easier to camouflage. May be isn’t as bad as his! I’ve come a long way.  You have no idea what I was like before!

Covering and making excuses doesn’t make it go away.  God doesn’t expect us to live perfectly but managing sin in this way is offensive to him.  It’s as saying, “I don’t care what you have to offer, God. I can manage this on my own and I don’t want to do what it takes to change.

 

Here’s the challenge… are you willing to look at the prison? Are you willing to see if you’ve decorated something in your life that is actually offensive to God? Are you willing to lay down your pride, do what it takes, and walk out of the prison and change?

 

Group Study:

 

Sin is not manageable

          For the sinful nature is always hostile to God.  It never did obey God’s law, and it never will.” Rom 8:7

 

          How is your sinful nature working against what God wants in your life?

 

 

          How can we be blinded to subtlety of sin?

 

 

Pride Leads to Sin

 

                      We often manipulate and control things around us in order to protect and defend ourselves. We are not vulnerable to God and each other, which leaves us isolated and vulnerable to the enemy’s lies. This is prison. We might feel we are in control but really we are just controlling our own prison cell. Tempted to doubt God and His word. We can be led into sins of pride and rebellion by leaning on our own understanding and relying on our own strength instead of trusting in the Word of God and the redeeming power of Jesus’ blood.

 

            The following Scripture is Isaiah shows us Satan’s sin when he rebelled against God. Unlike Satan, Jesus was without sin and modeled humility ad submission.

 

You said in your heart,
    “I will ascend to the heavens;
I will raise my throne
    above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
    on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.a]
14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
    I will make myself like the Most High.” Isa 14:13-14

 

Read: Proverbs 11:2; 13:10; 16:18; and 29:23; 1 Samuel 15:23.

 

What does pride lead to according to these scriptures?

 

Submit to God

 

          Read Matthew 6:9-10; 26:39; John 8: 28

 

            Can you think of an example in your life (or in the life of someone you know) when you have submitted or bent your will to the authority of God? What happened

 

 

SELF-STUDY

Identify the Prison.

 

Ask God to start showing you where you are managing sin and bondage

Pride Fear Control Perversion
Jealousy Anger Doubt Rebellion
Insecurity Manipulation Depression  

 

Characteristics of Pride:

Judgmental Easily offended Feeling Entitled Self- Centered
Perfectionist Competitive Accusing Mocking
Stubborn Self-righteous Gossip Unworthy
Thinking higher of oneself than others

 

Characteristics of Rebellion:

Doubt Manipulation Control Anti-Christ
Self-exaltation      

 

Important:

Doubt is rebellion because it demands proof for something that God asks us t believe in faith

Anti-Christ is anything that raises itself against Christ (I John 2:22)

Self-exaltation is exalting yourself, raising yourself, above God. Leaning on your knowledge of good and bad instead of God

Where do you recognize that pride and rebellion have had influence in your life?

 

Rewrite the following Psalm in your own words in the space provided:

Psalm 32

A psalm[a] of David.

Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!
Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
When I refused to confess my sin,  my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long.
Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.

Interlude

Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” and you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. 

Interlude

Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time,  that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.
For you are my hiding place;  you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. 

Interlude

The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.
Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”

10 Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord.

11 So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him!  Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!