Obstacle 3: The Stronghold of Pride

The most common translation of “proud” in the old testament is from some form of the Hebrew word that means – highly lifted up, or arrogant. A person who’s thoughts are held captive within the stronghold of pride has the perspective that their ideas are higher than the ideas others. Often times they unknowingly have a superiority complex when it comes to their beliefs.


“Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.” 

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– Proverbs 16:18 (NASB)


Pride will cause a person who genuinely wants to love God, to actually love their own ideas more. They think that their ideas are somehow superior to all others and should be accepted by everyone else, including God, although they would hardly admit that. Once we understand the danger of pride, it is clear to see why, “God opposes the proud.” (James 4:6 NASB).

The danger of pride is that it makes us think that we know better than God, and anyone else. For obvious reasons this train of thought is sinful because it exalts our perception of ourselves and our beliefs above the almighty God. In this stronghold the thoughts that have been solidified in our minds are then lofted to a position of idolatry because we make them more valuable than the God we claim they reveal.

For this reason pride is a direct assault against the first commandment, “thou shalt have no other gods before Me,” because it literally creates a perception of our ideals, and therefore ourselves, that is higher than God because we reject His thoughts. It also causes us to transgress the greatest commandment taught by Jesus, “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37 – NKJV). Pride doesn’t allow us to truly love God at any level because we love ourselves more.

The stronghold of pride is particularly threatening because it is often veiled behind the cover of good intentions. Pride takes hold because we think that we have what it takes to make the beneficial changes that we believe aren’t being made. We think our way of doing things would be much better than whatever is already in place. Pride places a stronghold around thoughts that emerge and claim that “we can do better than others”, or “that we know better than others”, and lifts our concept of ourselves above that of whoever we are comparing ourselves to. For some that comparison is to God.

Just as in the military sense, a fortress on higher ground is much more difficult to overthrow than a fortress on even ground with its attackers. The stronghold of pride is remarkably difficult to teardown unless the person with the pride issue recognizes the stronghold and desires a new way of thought themselves. A willing submission of our thoughts to ideas from some exterior source is the only way for the stronghold of pride to be overcome.

Imagine a fortress with impenetrable walls. Now imagine that same fortress raised and sitting atop a high mountain. That’s the picture of a mindset trapped within the stronghold of pride. It sits high and lifted up, with the only solution being to first bring the mindset low in order to break down its walls and secondly open its gates to new things. This is what is known as humility or humiliation.

How has pride been an obstacle in your life? Comment below.


  • josephine says:

    Thank you so much for this article,I really need help in breaking this stronghold in my life as it has ruined my relationship with God and people .its heart warming to know that there is hope. Thanks again

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