3 Practical Steps to Overcoming Pride


1. Ask God to Show You Your Pride:

When we are unsure if pride is resident in our hearts we are able to ask the Lord to reveal it. Our heavenly Father knows us to the uttermost depths of our being and therefore knows if there is any pride in us. David cried out the Lord and said,

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“search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.” – Psalms 139:23-24 – NASB


David wanted God to reveal anything in his heart that was not pleasing in His sight. He wanted to be lead by the Lord in the ways of righteousness. David seemed to understand that in order for him to be lead, he couldn’t lead himself. He knew that being lead by God meant that he first had to humble himself to that leadership and to the revealing of pride in his life.

Ask the Lord to show you the folly of your heart just as David did. Sometimes pride can be so deep rooted that we don’t have the ability to recognize it apart from the Lord showing it to us. This may come through our quiet times with him, or it may come through his purposeful humiliation of us. Either way it is a correction that ends in our bearing more fruit.


2. Adopt a Servant’s Attitude:

One way to ensure that pride does not grip you is to consider the mentality of a servant as being valuable to your purpose. In our quest to accomplish all that God has for us to do we may run the risk of considering how great our accomplishments are when compared to someone else.

This dilemma is not a new one. Jesus’ disciples dealt with this same temptation as they disputed among themselves who was the greatest. It was His response that we need to pay close attention to.


“And He said to them, ‘The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who have authority over them are called ‘Benefactors.’ But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant.” – Luke 22:25-26 – NASB


Our prideful attitudes are brought low by understanding that we are not called to consider ourselves great unless we truly have a servant’s heart. We should desire to serve because it is our service that are gifts come alive and that we find the true attitude of sacrificial love.


3. Submit to Authority:

This can be done in a number of ways. Submission to our employer, submission to our parents, submission to our spouses, and submission to the laws of the land are just a few of the ways to show our submission. In fact to rebel against the authority in our lives is to rebel against God’s ordained method of training us. He has ordained for certain people to be in charge over us, and for us to disobey or disrespect them is considered disrespect of God Himself in some cases. The first century Apostle Paul writes that,


“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.” – Romans 13:1-2 – NASB


No matter what your position in life, it is your heavenly duty to submit to any authority that does not call you to sin against God. If it is just a matter of opinion, you are required to humble yourself and accept the commands of the authority that God has placed in your life. This is the aspect of humility that we exercise by becoming obedient just as Christ did (Philippians 2:8). He submitted earthly authority even though He was King of all and He did it because it was righteous to do so (Matthew 3:15).

We are also called to submit to our authorities in the body of Christ. Too many believers today are disjointed from the church. They believe that they can accomplish all that God has for them to do apart from whole hearted submission to godly authority. They are wrong. We are called to be planted in a local church body so that our gifts can edify them and so that we can be edified ourselves.

Many of us are reluctant to connect ourselves to a congregation of believers because of past hurts, disappointments, and false teaching. Our true fulfillment and release into our destiny will not come until we are in proper alignment under the governmental structure of the Church. How can you be an ambassador without a local embassy? Let’s submit to authority and rid ourselves of the deceitfulness of pride.

Let’s Pray,

Lord, show me the areas in my life were I have allowed pride to enter in and deceive me. Show me the error in my ways and the rebellion against authority in my life. Forgive me for this foolish act and restore me in humility. Show me the true benefit of submission and the blessing in obedience to authority. In the name of Jesus, AMEN. 


Scripture References

Proverbs 16:18, James 4:6, Matthew 22:37, Exodus 20:3, 1 Peter 5:6, Revelations 3:8, Psalms 139:23-24, Luke 22:25-26, Romans 13:1-3, Philippians 2:8, Matthew 3:15

Is there something you would add to the list of steps to overcoming pride? List one below in the comments section.

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