“Pride, high-minded, or haughty” signifies showing oneself above others, pre-eminent; it is always used in Scripture in the bad sense of arrogant, self-important, and disdainful.  “Vain-glory” denotes boastfulness, vaunting, or empty glory.  Pride is thinking that you’re more important or intrinsically more valuable as a person than others because of your race, intelligence, position, career, education, grades, looks, skills, possessions, associations, wealth, athletic ability, talents, etc. Different from this, and legitimate, is “taking pride in something” you did/do, which is to have a great sense of satisfaction that you gave something your best and liking what you accomplished. And “to be proud of someone” is to greatly respect or be pleased with that person for something they’ve accomplished and/or are. This also is fine.

 

Jer. 9:23-24         Who should not boast, and about what shouldn’t they boast?

Do you ever boast about any of these things or other similar things (e.g., abilities, talents, possessions, career, etc.), and why?

 

If you do boast, what should you boast about?

 

Isa. 14:12-14        Symbolically represented by the king of Babylon, Satan is here called “star” (or Lucifer).  For having what attitude did Satan “fall from heaven”?

Are you ever prideful because of some power/authority or position you have, and why?

 

What does Luke 10:18 say about Satan?

[Satan’s power was broken and he was subject to Jesus’ authority.].

What does Rev. 12:4-9 say about Satan and his angels (demons), who comprise one-third of the stars (i.e., angels) of heaven?

 

Do you see how God hates and judges those who are prideful?

 

Ezek. 28:13-17            Satan is symbolically represented in this passage by the king of Tyre. What form of pride was his sin here (Ezek. 28:17)?

 

Are you ever guilty of thinking you’re better or more important than others because of your looks or body shape, and why?

 

Specifically, what should you do to correct your sinful attitude of pride (1 Jn. 1:9; Eph. 5:18; Rom. 12:2; Col. 3:12)?

 

Lev. 26:19-20     What form of pride did God warn these people not to have?

Do you ever have pride of power/skill/fruitfulness?

If so, power/skill/fruitfulness in what, specifically?

 

When, and why?

 

What did God say would be the penalty for having pride of power?

Have you ever thought that God may choose to bring you down through failure in the very thing that you’re prideful about?

 

Deut. 8:11-20       The pride of power/ability in obtaining what, were these people warned against (Deut. 8:14, 17)?

 

Do you ever feel that the wealth and/or possessions which you have, have been gained “solely or primarily” on the basis of your own ingenuity, work, and/or abilities, and why (see Psa. 127:1)?

 

What did God say would be the penalty for the pride of power/ability in obtaining wealth (which amounts to idolatry), Deut. 8:19-20?

Do you see the possible consequences for getting prideful due to your ability to make/acquire money?

How does that affect you?

 

Prov. 6:16-17      What is God’s attitude toward “haughty eyes” (having or showing great pride in oneself, and disdain, contempt, or scorn for others)?

[“abomination” – detestable; extreme disgust].

Do you ever have “haughty eyes”?

When (what makes you think you’re more important or valuable intrinsically than others)?

 

What steps can you take to prevent yourself from committing this sin (Psa. 127:2)?

 

Prov. 8:13            What is “the fear of the Lord”?

On this basis, would you say that you have “the fear of the Lord”?

How do you think a Christian can develop a hatred for pride/arrogance (Rom. 12:2; Eph. 5:18; Prov. 13:20)?

 

When do you plan to start hating the pride in your own life?

 

Prov. 11:2            What will follow pride in a person’s life?

Is that what you want?

If not, then what will it take to cause you to remember pride’s consequences, so that you don’t get prideful?

 

Prov. 27:2            What should we let others do rather than ourselves?

Do you ever brag, boast, or praise yourself, and why?

 

Lk. 18:9-14; Matt. 23:11-12            Who did Jesus tell this parable to?

What was both the posture and prayer of the Pharisee?

 

What was the posture and prayer of the tax-gatherer?

 

What was Christ’s response and teaching regarding these two people?

Do you ever act like the Pharisee?

If so, when, and why?

 

Or like the tax-gatherer?

If so, when, and why?

 

What will it take to have a consistent attitude like the tax-gatherer’s rather than the Pharisee’s?

 

Mk. 7:21-23         From where does pride proceed?

[The “heart” is the center of thought and conception, it knows (Deut. 29:4; Prov. 14:10) and understands (Prov. 8:5; Isa. 44:18); it reflects (Lk. 2:19).  It is the center of the moral life (Psa. 73:26; Ezek. 28:2, 5).].

What does pride along with all the other sins do to us?

 

What can we do to have victory over pride (any other sin for that matter – 1 Jn. 1:9; Eph. 5:18; Gal. 5:22-23; Gal. 2:20; Col. 3:12)?

 

Do you want to do this?                When will you?

 

Rom. 12:3             How should we not think about ourselves?

How should we think?

 

In what area(s) do you tend to think more highly of yourself than you should (i.e., your intellect, athletic abilities, physical appearance, position, status, wealth, possessions, personality, speaking ability, family, mechanical abilities, musical talents, computer skills, etc.)?

 

How should your attitude change, realizing that anything you have or are is a result of God’s blessing, and so have a realistic view of yourself (i.e., “sound judgment”)?

 

1 Cor. 8:1-3          What can knowledge (about God’s view on any issue, such as eating meat that was sacrificed to idols) make a person?

Do you ever get prideful because you know the Bible better than a lot of other Christians, and why?

 

If so, what do you plan to do about it?

 

Prov. 16:5         How does God view the proud in heart/mind?

Does God see you as an abomination (extremely disgusting), and why?

 

If He does, what will you do to change this?

 

Prov. 16:18          What are the consequences of pride or a haughty spirit?

What kind of destruction or downfall have you experienced in the past due to pride in your life?

 

How come a lot of people don’t seem to learn their lesson very quickly and get prideful again?

 

How can we keep from repeating this sin in our lives?

 

Prov. 21:4            What does God label as sin?

Do you label these attitudes as sin too, and why?

 

1 Cor. 10:5-12     What should we be cautious of (take heed) regarding what we think about ourselves (1 Cor. 10:12)?

 

Do you think that you “stand” (i.e., are free from these temptations, such as: craving evil things, worshiping things other than God, sexual immorality, testing God’s patience, and grumbling about God and His will and ways)?

Why shouldn’t we pridefully think that we are above ever being tempted by these sins?

 

[Pride makes us vulnerable to fall into sin because it puts us out of fellowship with God and His enablement for us to resist temptation.].

Who provides our way of escape (from yielding to temptation)?

 

Do you pridefully think that you are so righteous so as to be exempt from being tempted in any of these areas, and why?

 

1 Cor. 13:4           If you love God and others, what won’t be a part of your inward attitude and outward speech besides impatience, unkindness, and jealousy?

 

In what specific ways would you know whether you were arrogant/prideful, if you were?

 

What would be some traits, actions, or attitudes of a person who was prideful or independent in his attitude toward God?

 

Are any of these true of you?

If so, what would cure/eliminate bragging and arrogance, according to 1 Cor. 13:4?

 

2 Cor. 10:3-5       The Christian warfare is aimed at: the casting down of speculations (the reasonings or rationalizations of self-centered man) which are the strongholds whereby the unbelieving mind seeks to fortify itself against the truths of human depravity and divine grace; and at the destroying of every lofty thing (proud bulwark) raised up against the knowledge of God (sinful man does not wish to know God because he wishes himself to be the self-sufficient center of his universe).  Specifically, what are some of man’s speculations which try to reject or deny knowledge of God and dependency upon Him?

 

[These believers are “taking captive every thought” (the rebellion of the human heart) to the obedience of Christ.].

What are some of today’s deceptive and seemingly logical teachings of false teachers that we should bring around into complete submission to the mind and will of Christ?

 

What reasonings and activities of your own thought-life should you be destroying because they are proud, rebellious, and independent from God (e.g., “You don’t need to read your Bible daily or pray daily or evangelize the spiritually lost on a regular basis, or help build up other Christians spiritually, or be built up spiritually by other Christians”, etc.)?

 

2 Cor. 10:17-18; Gal. 6:14              If we are going to boast about anything, what should we boast about?

Who is and who is not approved?

 

What do you brag or boast about regarding yourself, and why?

 

2 Cor. 12:7-10     Because Paul had the privilege of hearing some great revelations in Paradise (2 Cor. 12:2, 4, 7), what did God give to him to keep Paul from exalting himself?

 

Do you ever get proud because of some unique, unusual, or exciting experience or privilege that you have had, and why?

 

Has God ever brought something into your life, after such an experience to humble you, so as to keep you from being prideful?

If so, what was it?

 

What did Paul ask God three times to do about this “thorn in the flesh” (2 Cor. 12:8)?

Have you ever asked God to take away something in your life which was helping to keep you humble (e.g., an illness, a strained or broken relationship, financial hardship, etc.)?

What was God’s reply to Paul (2 Cor. 12:9)?

 

How did Paul respond to God’s reply (2 Cor. 12:10)?

 

How do you respond when God’s grace is sufficient for you to handle any humbling circumstance He brings into your life, and why?

 

Gal. 6:2-3          What will a person who is not proud do?

Are you doing this?

Who deceives himself?

 

Are you deceiving yourself?                 How do you know?

 

Jn. 15:5            Unless we do what, is all of our efforts in the Christian life nothing (fruitless)?

 

[“to abide/remain in Christ” means “to be submitted to Him, obey His commands, and be in fellowship with Him”.].

Are you so proud as to think that you can live the Christian life and serve God in your own energy, wisdom, and personality apart from Christ enabling you to do so, and why?

 

Phil. 2:3-4            Nothing that we do should be done from what attitude?

 

Are you ever conceited (i.e., having an excessively high opinion of yourself), especially when there’s no basis for it?

If so, when or why?

 

What should be the attitude of your mind for the things you do, and how should you view other people?

 

Is this how you think of yourself and others?

In what way (or how) should our attitude be the same as Christ’s (Phil. 2:5-8)?

 

Jas. 4:6            What is God’s attitude toward the proud person?

 

Whom does God give grace (His favor and blessing) to?

How will knowing this affect your attitude from now on, and why?

 

1 Jn. 2:16          From what source is the boastful pride of life not from?

So where is it from?

 

[The “world” is all the floating mass of thoughts, opinions, aims, impulses, and aspirations current at any time by people who are self-centered and rejecters of God’s Word, the Bible.].

What can you do to prevent the world from encouraging pride in your life (such thoughts as: that position, possessions, and wealth are all-important)?

 

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